Poor Man's Wife

Literature Translation Institute of Korea

 “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, referred to as T, 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 artist husband while also being unavoidably bound to the desire for wealth and stability, and the husband’s observations of his wife, the story vividly portrays the conventions and hardships faced by the artists who lived under Japanese colonialism.
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About the author

 Hyun Jin-geon (1900-1943), pen name Bing-heo, was born in Daegu in 1900. He debuted as a writer in 1920 with the publication of his short story “Sacrificial Flowers” (Huisaenghwa) in the literary journal Genesis (Gaebyeok).

In the 1920s, Hyun participated in the New Literature Movement as a member of the literary coterie journal White Tide (Baekjo), with Hong Sayong, Yi Sanghwa, Na Dohyang, Park Jonghwa, and others. He earned critical recognition for his short story “Poor Man’s Wife” (Bincheo), published in Genesis in 1921, and established his reputation as a major realist writer, ranked alongside Yom Sang-seop, with his publications of “The Corrupt” (Tarakja) and “A Lucky Day” (Unsu Joeun Nal) in White Tide. Some have described Hyun as one of the pioneers of modern Korean short fiction, along with Kim Dong-in.

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Literature Translation Institute of Korea
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Published on
Dec 11, 2013
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Literary Collections / Asian / General
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