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Kita attended Azabu High School, Matsumoto Higher School (now part of Shinshu University) and graduated from Tohoku University's School of Medicine. He initially worked as a doctor at Keio University Hospital. Motivated by the collections of his father's poems and the books of German author Thomas Mann, he decided to become a novelist. He was the second son of poet Mokichi Saitō. Shigeta Saitō, his older brother, is also a psychiatrist. The essayist Yuka Saitō is his daughter.
- 1960: Akutagawa Prize, for the novel, In The Corner Of Night And Fog, which takes its name from Nacht und Nebel, the Nazi campaign to eliminate Jews, the mentally ill and other minorities. The novel concerns the moral quandary of staff at a German mental hospital during the final years of the 2nd World War. Faced with demands from the SS that the most severely ill patients be segregated for transportation to a special camp, where it is obvious that they will be eliminated, the more morally conscious of the doctors make desperate efforts to protect the patients without outwardly defying the authorities. A parallel theme is the personal tragedy of a young Japanese researcher affiliated with the mental hospital, whose own schizophrenia has been triggered by the disappearance of his half-Jewish wife. (Shinchosha Co., Morio Kita - 'In the Corner of Night and Fog' and other stories, 2011 ed.)
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- Ghosts (1954)
- The House of Nire. Translated by Dennis Keene. New York: Kodansha International. 1984. ISBN 0-87011-592-8. Briefly noted in The New Yorker 60/48 (January 14, 1985): p. 117
- Nescafé Gold Blend CM (1974)
- Tetsuko no Heya (1980 and May 12, 2008 with Yuka Saitō)
- Novelist-essayist "Morio Kita dies at 84" Archived 2011-10-28 at the Wayback Machine
- 【旧制高校 寮歌物語】（６）教授にウケた北杜夫の珍答案 (in Japanese). Sankei Shimbun. 2012-09-09. Archived from the original on 2012-09-11. Retrieved 2012-10-20.
- "Novelist-essayist Morio Kita dies at 84". The Mainichi Daily News. 2011-10-26. Archived from the original on 2013-02-18. Retrieved 2012-02-24.
- Lecture of Morio Kita and Yuka Saitō in Hokuto, Yamanashi, March 13, 2010 ‹See Tfd›(in Japanese)
- 【北杜夫さん死去】重厚な純文学と、ユーモア作品が同居 (in Japanese). Sankei Shimbun. 2011-10-26. Archived from the original on 2011-11-30. Retrieved 2012-02-24.
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