アーノルド・ファイン作品集 [in Japanese] Arnold Fine's Short Stories : "The High School English Teacher," "How David and Lily Got Together," and "The Wallet" [A Japanese Translation] [in Japanese]
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Arnold Fine, a Jewish American writer, surely remains unknown in Japan; even in the United States, his name must be unfamiliar to most Americans, though there are fans of his stories. According to his website, which was updated November 1st, 2006, he has been the senior news editor of The Jewish Press for more than 50 years. At the same time he was coordinator of special education at a high school in Brooklyn, teaching handicapped and brain-injured children. Since his retirement from the city school system, he has worked as an adjunct professor at Kingsborough Community College. He was nominated twice as the "Teacher of the Year" in New York State. It seems, however, Arnold Fine will be remembered as the writer of nostalgia stories rather than the excellent teacher of special education. His short stories published in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series have been attracting some attention in several countries, including the U.S. In fact, I am one of the Chicken Soup readers who have found his literary work quite interesting. Even though he is an amateur, his charming stories are worth translating and introducing in Japan. Some may think they are too sentimental but others can really enjoy reading them. So just try in my Japanese version. Here in this bulletin I translated three stories from the above-mentioned series: "The High School English Teacher" and "How David and Lily Got Together" from Chicken Soup for the Single's Soul (Florida: Health Communications, 1999) and "The Wallet" from Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul (1998).