Skip Navigation
UMass Amherst Back to LLC Site

Asian Languages and Literatures, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures


William E. Naff (1929-2005)

Professor Emeritus in Japanese

Contact Information

Location: NA
Email: NA



Ph.D. University of Washington
M.A. University of Washington
B.A. University of Washington


William E. Naff retired in 1997. He was the founding chair of the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he was a professor of Japanese literature.

Selected Publications

Before the Dawn, by Shimazaki Tōson (Honolulu: University of Hawai‛i Press, 1987), awarded the 1987Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature; Chikuma River Sketches, by Shimazaki Tōson (Honolulu: University of Hawai‛i Press, 1991); posthumously: The Kiso Road: The Life and Times of Shimazaki Tōson (Honolulu: University of Hawai‛i Press, 2011) and Shiba Ryōtarō’s multi-volume Saka no ue no kumo (1969-1972), forthcoming posthumously; commissioned by the Japan Foundation.