Lee Seung-U was born in Janghueng, Jeonnam in 1959. He began his writing career in 1981 when his novella A Portrait of Erysichthon won the Korean Literature New Writer’s Award. He is known for pushing beyond the usual story-oriented narrative and dealing with heavy and ideological subject matters through precise character descriptions and a unique style of writing. His works include the novels, The Reverse Side of Life, The Private Life of Plants, Song of the Earth, and Life of Love and the short story collections. A Conjecture Regarding Labyrinths, The Old Diary, A Cautious Person, and Strangers. He is the recipient of the Daesan Literary Award, Hyundae Literary Award, and Dong-in Literary Award. He is a professor of creative writing at Chosun Unviersity.