Poor Man's Wife by Hyun Jin-geon

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“Poor Man’s Wife” explores the conflict between art and daily life. A heavily autobiographical work, the story is told from the point of view of an aspiring novelist who has chosen a life of poverty and hardship in order to focus on his writing. One day, after witnessing the contrast between their situation and that of the narrator’s much more affluent relation, the novelist’s wife pleads with him to “find a way to make a living.” By presenting the wife’s position of wanting to support her ar...