Pak jiwon is one of the famous writers during the latter period of the Iy-Dinasty, and the Minongjon(閔翁傳) is the well-known work written by him. The purpose of this paper is to approach to that work in a somewhat new direction. The work has been regarded as a biography untill quite recent days.
But I think such an approach is incorrect, and we need to turn the previous point of view to another direction. If so, we should be capable to give more appropriate appreciation to that work. Based on two reasons, we can assert our standpoint. Above all, essentially Minongjon is not a biography in the orthodoxical meaning. Rather it is the objective description of him as a characteristic storyteller. And, viewing if from on outside viewpoint, the writer―Pak ji-won―was deeply concerned with the observation of the peculia characters ―especially storytellers― during his life time. From this background of his life the Minongjon came to being. His social status was the middle class, and we can observe from him the peculiar aspect of storyteller's techniques at his time.