Japanese author Kenzaburō Ōe was famous for his novels, strongly influenced by French and American literature, expressing the the disillusionment and rebellion of his post-World War II generation, typically Memushiri kouchi (1958; Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids), Shiiku (1958; The Catch) and Atarashii hito yo meza meyo (1983; Rise Up O Young Men of the New Age!). He had received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1994 for his own works in writing career.
At the age of 19, he attended Tokyo University to study French Literature. As a student, he had the first stories published in 1957, strongly influenced by contemporary writing in France and the United States.
In February 1960, he got married to Yukari, the daughter of film director Mansaku Itami and sister of film director Juzo Itami, with a children named Hikari Ōe.