Grafton K. Mintz

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Grafton K. Mintz
Born (1925-10-22)October 22, 1925
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Died (1983-05-22)May 22, 1983
Seoul, South Korea
Nationality American
Spouse(s) Barbara R. Mintz

Grafton K. Mintz (1925–1983) was an American copy editor who lived in Korea.

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 22, 1925, he graduated from Bucknell University and later obtained a M.A. in English at Ohio State in 1953.[1] Grafton and his wife Barbara come to Korea in 1962 on a Fulbright grant to teach in Pusan at Pusan National University. In 1970, he started working as an editor at the Korea Times and also did some English language book editing. He is known for editing Ha Tae-Hung's English version of Samguk Yusa and Han Woo-keun's The History of Korea. He died in Korea in 1983 and is interred at Yanghwajin Foreigners' Cemetery in Seoul.

Although sometimes he is credited with the translation of Samguk Yusa,[2] the actual translation was done by Professor Ha Tae-Hung. Despite some claims that he was the first Westerner ever to become a naturalized citizen of the Republic of Korea, in actuality, Grafton never changed his nationality. The claim actually goes to Father Kenneth E. Killoren, a former Jesuit priest.


  1. ^ Clark, Donald N., comp and ed. The Seoul Foreigners' Cemetery at Yanghwajin: An Informal History with Notes on Other Cemeteries in Korea and Individuals and Families in the History of the Foreign Community in Korea. Seoul: Seoul Union Church, 1998.
  2. ^ listing for Samguk Yusa

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