Eun-Kook Kim Biography


(Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Richard E. Kim was born Eun-Kook Kim in Hamhung, Korea, the son of Chan-Doh and Ok-Hyun (Rhee) Kim. His grandfather was a minister in the Christian community, and the family was well-to-do and well respected. During World War II, Kim’s village was occupied by Japanese soldiers. The war’s disruption caused the Kim family to move to Manchuria, North Korea, and then back to South Korea. He continued his education in Korea and served in the Republic of Korea marines and army during the Korean War, becoming a first lieutenant in the infantry by the time of his discharge in 1954. Soon after, he emigrated to the United States, where he attended Middlebury College on a scholarship from 1955 to 1959, majoring in history and political science, and changed his name to Richard. Kim transferred to The Johns Hopkins University, where in 1960 he earned a master of arts degree in writing seminars and married Penelope Ann Groll, with whom he had two children, David and Melissa. In 1962, Kim earned a master of fine arts in the writers’ workshop at the University of Iowa, and in 1963 at Harvard University he earned yet another master of arts, this one in Far Eastern literature. He became a naturalized American citizen in 1964.{$S[A]Kim, Eun-Kook;Kim, Richard E.}

In 1963, Kim taught a year at California State University, Long Beach; the next year, he began teaching at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, first as an assistant professor of English (1964-1967), then...

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