@Katô Takeo, once known as a farmer novelist, turned to a popular novelist and achieved great popularity in the field of novels for girls. One of his principal works is Kimi yo Shiru ya Minami no Kuni. The title story was first serialized in Shôjo Gahôo [Girls' Illustrated Magazine] in 1925 and was welcomed by girls together with Tsukioka Yumi's illustrations. The book was published in August 1926 as a collection of short stories and novelettes, illustrated and bound by Sudô Shigeru. It reached its 42nd printing in 1930, and when a revised edition illustrated and bound by Sudô Shigeru, Katô Masao and Fukiya Kôji was published in 1934, it reached its eighteenth printing in 1937. In each edition, illustrations of beautiful girls with a somewhat sad countenance matched the stories and created a lyrical atmosphere.
@"Kimi yo Shiru ya Minami no Kuni" is a story of a girl who has lost her mother, a vocalist, when she was very young. She then lost her father and was totally at a loss, when a helping hand was extended unexpectedly. Eventually she succeeds and wins her love. This is a success story of a girl who lives in a brilliant world of music and falls in love. The title is taken from a song based on Goethe's Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship. The old love story of her parents is also unveiled. It was rare to take up a love story as a subject for girls' novels at that time. How young girls read these stories with their hearts fluttering with excitement can be easily imagined. The stories collected here are all about young ladies in love, who are attached to familiar young men whom they first admire like their brothers. Although "Kimi yo Shiru ya Minami no Kuni" ends happily, other three stories \ "Nukarumi" ["A Quagmire"], "Iinazuke" ["The Fiance"], and "Ane" ["My Sister"] \ end unhappily, moving readers to tears. Katô boasts in the introduction that he succeeded in writing excellent artistic stories and hoped that they were not regarded as only for girls.