Anthology of Japanese Literature: From the Earliest Era to the Mid-nineteenth Century [NOOK Book]

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The sweep of Japanese literature in its infinite variety and unusual beauty-from earliest times to the mid-nineteenth century-is the focus of this impressive volume. Every genre and style of Japanese literature, from the somber beauty of Noh plays to the eroticism of seventeenth-century novels is included. Other offerings include poetry and haiku, folktales and legends. The translations have been chosen not only for their accuracy but also for...
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Anthology of Japanese Literature: From the Earliest Era to the Mid-nineteenth Century

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Overview


The sweep of Japanese literature in its infinite variety and unusual beauty-from earliest times to the mid-nineteenth century-is the focus of this impressive volume. Every genre and style of Japanese literature, from the somber beauty of Noh plays to the eroticism of seventeenth-century novels is included. Other offerings include poetry and haiku, folktales and legends. The translations have been chosen not only for their accuracy but also for their readability as English prose and poetry.

Donald Keeneā€™s informative Introduction traces links between the various works, some of which may be foreign to Western readers. The result is a thorough and fascinating insight into the literature and culture of classical Japan.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781462903429
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/20/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 1,239,543
  • File size: 2 MB

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Donald Keene, one of the foremost Western authorities on Japanese
literature, is widely regarded as America's pre-eminent cultural ambassador to Japan. Presently University Professor Emeritus and Shincho Professor Emeritus of Japanese Literature at Columbia University, he has written and translated over fifty books. The winner of numerous literary awards and prizes, including the Order of the Rising Sun, and the Kikuchi Kan, Yamagata Banto, Japan Foundation, Tokyo Metropolitan, Fukuoka, and Yasushi prizes, Professor Donald Keene was the first non-Japanese to receive the Yomiuri Literary Prize for the best work of literary criticism in Japanese (in 1985 for Hyakudai no kakaku) and was awarded the Nihon Bungaku Taisho (Grand Prize of Japanese Literature) for the same work. In 1986, he was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and in 1990 was elected as a foreign member of the Japan Academy.
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