The Diary of Lady Murasaki

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140435764
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 817,480
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 7.78 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Murasaki Shikibu, born in 978, was a member of Japan's Fujiwara clan, which ruled behind the scenes during the Heian Period by providing the brides and courtesans of all the emperors. Lady Murasaki's rare literary talent, particularly her skill as a poet, secured her a place in the court of Empress Akiko. After the death of her husband, she cloistered herself to study Buddhism, raise her daughter, and write the world's first novel Genji Monogatari, the tale of the shining Prince Genji.

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Table of Contents

Preface
A Note on Japanese Names and Dates
Introduction
Cultural background The author The diary THE DIARY OF LADY MURASAKI Appendix I: Ground-plans and Map
Appendix II: Additional Sources
A Guide to Further Reading

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2012

    Best if you want to learn about cultural history of Japan...

    Very rewarding! Slow and deep study only for a true intellectual!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2007

    The Diary of Lady Murasaki

    The Diary of Lady Murasaki gives the reader a chance to experience life in the Imperial Court. The entries into her diary are very detailed and they bring the reader into the descriptions. I feel the author shares her life with the reader in the daily happenings of the Imperial court and also the way she describes her surroundings to bring reality to her written word. I also think there are instances when she doesn't give the whole story but stops short. The book also has sections in regards to her life history, the history of what is occuring during the time she is writing the diary, the family tree and also architecture of the time. This allows the reader to connect a little more with the book because you can understand where she is coming from.

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