William Elliot Griffis was born on September \(17\), \(1843\), in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. His father was a sea captain and later a coal trader. Griffis was a prolific writer and a lecturer; he became an active minister in the united states in the 1800s. Japanese culture and heritage are among the volumes in his entire collection. In the early 1900s, he wrote several volumes of fairy tales.
William Elliot Griffis*
Some of his fairy tale collection includes:
  1. Thirty-five Stories from the Wonderlore of Japan
  2. The Firefly's Lovers and Other Fairy Tales of Old Japan
  3. Belgian Fairy Tales
  4. Welsh Fairy Tales
  5. Korean Fairy Tales
  6. Japanese Fairy Tales
  7. Swiss Fairy Tales
According to his obituary in the New York Times, he also received two Japanese awards, "Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon" and "Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette". These two awards are given to people who have made remarkable achievements in international relations, promoting Japanese culture, advancements in their field, development in welfare or preservation of the environment. Also, he helped in establishing the National Institute of Arts and Letters, the American Historical Association, and the United States Naval Academy. In \(1928\), he died in Florida.
William Elliot Griffis*: not stated, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons