Lee O Young
Lee O Young is a literary critic born in 1934, although this title alone is not enough to describe his illustrious career. An essayist who produced many bestselling books, he also writes novels and plays as well as reviews. He also founded the monthly Munhaksasang in 1972 and developed it into a leading magazine of Korean literature. Lee is a professor renowned at home and abroad and a researcher of Korean classical literature. He was the culture planner who organized the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1988 Seoul Olympics. When the Korean government launched the Ministry of Culture, he was appointed the first minister. But it is literary criticism that is at the core of his literary career. His works include: Digilog; In This Earth and In That Wind; Smaller Is Better: Japan’s Mastery of the Miniature; and The Semiotics of Space.