Arthur Golden is an American writer best known for his bestselling novel 'Memoirs of a Geisha,' which was published in 1997. The book has been translated into numerous languages and was adapted into a film in 2005. Golden was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and attended Harvard University, where he received a degree in art history, specializing in Japanese art. He also holds degrees from Columbia University and Boston University. 'Memoirs of a Geisha' is his most recognized work, and it took him over a decade to research and write.
This list of books are ONLY the books that have been ranked on the lists that are aggregated on this site. This is not a comprehensive list of all books by this author.
This novel is a historical fiction that provides a rich exploration of life in Japan before World War II, through the eyes of a young girl sold into the geisha lifestyle. The protagonist is trained in the arts of entertaining wealthy and powerful men, navigating a world of jealousy, love, and social politics. Her journey is one of resilience and survival as she strives to find personal happiness in a society that views her as a commodity.