Yun Humyong

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Yun Humyong

(1946-01-17) January 17, 1946 (age 71)

1971 (age 45–46)
Language Korean
Nationality South Korean
Ethnicity Korean
Citizenship South Korean
Alma mater Yonsei
Yun Humyong
Hangul 윤후명
Hanja 尹厚明
Revised Romanization Yun Hu-myeon
McCune–Reischauer Yun Humyŏn
Birth name
Hangul 윤상규
Hanja 尹尙奎
Revised Romanization Yun Sang-gyu
McCune–Reischauer Yun Sanggyu

Yun Hu-myong (This is the author's preferred Romanization per LTI Korea[1]) (born January 17, 1946) is a South Korean writer who has published poetry, novels, and essays.[2]


Yun was born in the city of Gangneung in Gangwon, South Korea, under the name Yun Sang-gyu. He received his bachelor's degree in Philosophy from Yonsei University.[3]


Although he is one of the major Korean writers of the 80s, Yun’s fiction maintains some distance from the dominant trend in Korean fiction of 1980s—the concern with realism as an effective literary tool in rendering contemporary social situations. Instead, what supports Yun’s fictional world are individual desire and the power of fantasy. The archetypal situation in Yun’s works is that of a man suffering from a sense of ontological lack; deadened by routines of daily life, he immerses himself in fantasy or travel in order to secure what life in the real world has denied him—meaning of existence and genuine engagement with another human being. Often this search hinges on the protagonist’s ardent yearning for a woman. The fantasy cannot last, but it is the ceaseless movement away from the vulgar reality that has the potential to resurrect the self from existential insecurity, loneliness, or despair. Such romantic individualism is heightened by the sensitive, lyrical style of writing that reflects Yun’s poetic sensibilities.[2]

Yun's novels deal with the relationship between fantasy and reality in individuals' lives. In a similar fashion, his poetry deals with the connection between the profound and the mundane.


  • Expert Archer, poetry, (1977)
  • Don Juan's Love, novel, (1983)
  • Resurrecting Birds, novel, (1985)
  • There Is No Ape, novel, (1989)
  • To Stars, novel, (1990)
  • You, My Bad Darling, essays, (1990)
  • The Generation Without Promise, novel, (약속없는 세대)


His poems were awarded the Kyonghyang Shinmun Literature prize in 1967, Then in 1979, he was awarded the Hangook Ilbo Literature Prize for his short stories in 1979. In the 1980s he received several awards for his fiction.[4] In 1995 he was awarded the Yi Sang Literary Prize for White Boat.


  1. ^ "Author Database". LTI Korea. Retrieved 25 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Yun Hu-myong" LTI Korea Datasheet available at LTI Korea Library or online at: "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved September 3, 2013. 
  3. ^ Lee, Kyung-ho (1996). "Yu, Hu Myong". Who's Who in Korean Literature. Seoul: Hollym. pp. 553–53. ISBN 1-56591-066-4. 
  4. ^ KOREAN LITERATURE TODAY Volume 2, No.3, Fall 1997 Archived September 29, 2007, on Wayback Machine. URL accessed July 29, 2007