Peter H. Lee

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E-mail: Phone: 310-794-8934

Professor Emeritus of Korean & Comparative Literature


  • 1960-62  Assistant Professor of Korean and Japanese, Columbia University.
  • 1962-69  Assistant and Associate Professor of Korean, University of Hawaii.
  • 1969-1970  Visiting Professor of Oriental Languages, University of California, Berkeley.
  • 1970-1987  Professor of Korean and Comparative Literature, University of Hawaii at Manoa.
  • 1972-1975 and 1984-1987  Chair, Dept. of East Asian Literature and Dept. of East Asian Lang. & Lit., University of Hawaii at Manoa.
  • 1987-2007  Professor of Korean and Comparative Literature, Dept. of East Asian Languages & Cultures, UCLA.
  • 1988-1995  Chair, Dept. of East Asian Languages & Cultures, UCLA.


  • Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung Fellow, 1956-58, 1975
  • Bollingen Foundation Fellow, 1962-63
  • American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 1968
  • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow, 1975
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 1982-83
  • The Order of Merit, Republic of Korea, 1982
  • Distinguished Scholar at Peking University, Committee on Scholarly Communication with the People’s Republic of China, National Academy of Sciences, May 1985.
  • Daesan Foundation Prize in Translation, 1993
  • Presidential Award, Republic of Korea, 1994
  • Honorary Citizen of the Metropolitan City of Seoul, 1995
  • Nominated for the Faculty Research Lectureship for 1999-2000, UCLA Academic Senate; delivered the 88th Faculty Research Lecture on 13 April 2000.

Articles and translations in:

Azalea (Korea Institute, Harvard University); Dictionary of Ming Biography; Dictionary of Oriental Literatures; Elek Book of Oriental Verse; Encyclopedia Britannica; Encyclopedia of Asian History; Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century; Hudson Review; Journal of the American Oriental Society; McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of World Biography; Monumenta Serica; Oriens Extremus; Penguin Book of Modern Verse Translation; Poetry (Chicago); Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics; Sungkyun Journal of East Asian Studies; and T’oung Pao.

Reviews in:

Asian Perspectives; Comparative Literature; Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies; Journal of Asian Studies; Journal of the American Oriental Society; Korea Journal; Korean Studies; Oriens Extremus; and World Literature Today.

Membership in Professional Organizations:

  • Association for Asian Studies
  • American Comparative Literature Association

Listed In:

  • Contemporary Authors
  • International Authors & Writer’s Who’s Who
  • Directory of American Scholars
  • International Who’s Who in Asian Studies


  • 1951  College of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN, BA
  • 1953  Yale University, MA
  • 1958  Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich, Germany, PhD
  • 1954-1955  University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  • 1955-1956  University of Milan, University of Florence, University of Perugia, Italy
  • 1959  Wadham College, Oxford University, England


  • Kranich am Meer: Koreanische Gedichte.Munich: Carl Hanser, 1959. Reprint, Munich: Wilhelm Heyne, 1987.
  • Studies in Old Korean Poetry.Rome: Istituto Italiano per il Medio ed Estremo Oriente, 1959.
  • Anthology of Korean Poetry: From the Earliest Era to the Present. New York: John Day, 1964. Revised edition as Poems from Korea: A Historical Anthology.Honolulu: University Press of Hawaii, 1974.
  • Korean Literature: Topics and Themes.Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1965.
  • Lives of Eminent Korean Monks.Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1969.
  • Flowers of Fire: Twentieth-Century Korean Stories.Honolulu: University Press of Hawaii, 1974. Revised edition, 1986.
  • Songs of Flying Dragons: A Critical Reading.Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1975. Korean translation, Seoul: T’aehaksa, 1998.
  • Celebration of Continuity: Themes in Classic East Asian Poetry.Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1979.
  • The Silence of Love: Twentieth-Century Korean Poetry.Honolulu: University Press of Hawaii, 1980.
  • Anthology of Korean Literature: From Early Times to the Nineteenth Century.Honolulu: University Press of Hawaii, 1981. Revised edition, 1990.
  • A Korean Storyteller’s Miscellany: The P’aegwan chapki of O Sukkwon.Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1989.
  • Modern Korean Literature: An Anthology.Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1990.
  • Pine River and Lone Peak: An Anthology of Three Choson Dynasty Poets.Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1991.
  • Sourcebook of Korean Civilization. 2 vols. New York: Columbia University Press, 1993-96. Italian translation, Fonti per lo Studio della Civilta’ coreana, 2 vols. Milano: O barra O, 2000-2001.
  • Sources of Korean Tradition.2 vols. New York: Columbia University Press, 1997-2001.
  • Explorations in Korean Literary History.Seoul: Institute for Modern Korean Studies, Yonsei University, 1998.
  • The Record of the Black Dragon Year.Seoul: Institute of Korean Studies and Honolulu: Center for Korean Studies, 2000.
  • Myths of Korea.Somerset and Seoul: Jimoondang International, 2000.
  • The Columbia Anthology of Traditional Korean Poetry. New York: Columbia University Press, 2002.
  • A History of Korean Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.
  • Echoing Song: Contemporary Korean Women Poets. Buffalo: White Pine Press, 2005.
  • Oral Literature of Korea. Edison/Seoul: Jimoondang, 2005.
  • The Story of Traditional Korean Literature. Amherst, New York: Cambria Press, 2013.