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Considered the Western world's leading interpreter of traditional Japanese culture, Donald Keene now offers an enjoyable introduction to Japanese literature for the general reader. Keene's deep learning enables him to construct an overview as delightful to read as it is informative.
These graceful essays...answer many questions Western readers may have about pre-modern Japanese poetry, fiction, theater and aesthetics...It is an excellent summing up for those familiar with Japanese literature and will entice those with some knowledge to read more.
PrefaceIllustrations1. Japanese Aesthetics2. Japanese Poetry3. The Uses of Japanese Poetry4. Japanese Fiction5. Japanese TheaterSuggested ReadingIndex
Columbia University Press