In 1941, Mishima wrote his first notable story. In Hanazakari no Mori (花ざかりの森, "The Forest in Full Bloom"), he described a feeling that his ancestors lived within him.
Mishima graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1947.
In 1949, he published his first major novel, Confessions of a mask.
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- Confessions of a mask, 1949
- The sound of waves, 1952
- The temple of the golden pavilion by Yukio Mishima, 1956
- The sailor who fell from grace with the sea, 1959
- After the banquet, 1960
- Death in midsummer, and other stories, 1966
- Spring snow, 1968
- Runaway horses, 1969
- The temple of dawn, 1969
- The decay of the angel, 1971
- Yukio Mishima was the writer's name used by Kimitake Hiraoka (平岡 公威 Hiraoka Kimitake)
- Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Mishima Yukio" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 640.
- Shabecoff, Philip. "Mishima: A Man Torn Between Two Worlds," New York Times. November 26, 1970; retrieved 2012-6-8.
- WorldCat Identities: Mishima, Yukio 1925-1970; retrieved 2012-6-8.