Anthology of Japanese Literature: From the Earliest Era to the Mid-Nineteenth Century

Anthology of Japanese Literature: From the Earliest Era to the Mid-Nineteenth Century

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by Donald Keene
     
 

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The sweep of Japanese literature in all its great variety was made available to Western readers for the first time in this anthology. Every genre and style, from the celebrated No plays to the poetry and novels of the seventeenth century, find a place in this book. An introduction by Donald Keene places the selections in their proper historical context, allowing the

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The sweep of Japanese literature in all its great variety was made available to Western readers for the first time in this anthology. Every genre and style, from the celebrated No plays to the poetry and novels of the seventeenth century, find a place in this book. An introduction by Donald Keene places the selections in their proper historical context, allowing the readers to enjoy the book both as literature and as a guide to the cultural history of Japan. Selections include “Man’yoshu” or “Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves” from the ancient period; “Kokinshu” or “Collection of Ancient and Modern Poetry,” “The Tosa Diary” of Ki No Tsurayuki, “Yugao” from “Tales of Genji” of Murasaki Shikibu, and “The Pillow Book” of Sei Shonagon from the Heian Period; “The Tale of the Heike” from the Kamakura Period; Plan of the No Stage, “Birds of Sorrow” of Seami Motokiyo, and “Three Poets at Minase” from the Muromachi Period; and Sections from Basho, including “The Narrow Road of Oku,” “The Love Suicides at Sonezaki” by Chikamatsu Monzaemon, and Waka and haiku of the Tokugawa Period.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802198655
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
12/01/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
403,869
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Keene is a renowned literary scholar, translator, critic, cultural commentator, professor emeritus at Columbia University.

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Anthology of Japanese Literature from the Earliest Era to the Mid-Nineteenth Century 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Vanlh More than 1 year ago
The poetry in the early portions of the book are especially moving.
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