Overview

Arthur Waley (1889-1966) was an influential English orientalist and sinologist who brought countless Eastern texts to English audiences. Associated with the Bloomsbury group, Waley came to prominence with the help of modernist poet Ezra Pound, who helped him find readership in influential literary magazines. In this groundbreaking collection of translations, Waley gives us his skilled renderings of "The No Plays of Japan." A traditional form of Japanese theater, No drama has origins in the 14th century. With its ...
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The No Plays of Japan

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Overview

Arthur Waley (1889-1966) was an influential English orientalist and sinologist who brought countless Eastern texts to English audiences. Associated with the Bloomsbury group, Waley came to prominence with the help of modernist poet Ezra Pound, who helped him find readership in influential literary magazines. In this groundbreaking collection of translations, Waley gives us his skilled renderings of "The No Plays of Japan." A traditional form of Japanese theater, No drama has origins in the 14th century. With its particular strictures of style and content, No drama is recognizable for is simplistic beauty, use of gesture, and masked actors. The subject matter of the plays is broad-often times combining the physical with the spiritual, the dramas tend to be imbued with a striking philosophical and spiritual atmosphere. Waley includes an insightful introduction into the art form prior to his thoughtful verse/prose translations of the plays. This collection is a perfect text for curious minds and scholars alike.

Often called the classical theater of Japan which has had the greatest attraction of the West.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420945911
  • Publisher: Neeland Media LLC
  • Publication date: 4/25/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 15 MB
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Stewart W. Holmes has made extensive forays — via general semantics and Zen — into the realm of nonverbal experience. As an officer of the Cambridge Buddhist Association, he was well acquainted with its former president, the eminent Zen scholar Daisetz Suzuki. Dr. Shinichi Hisamatsu, the founder of the Association, was his first Zen master. Among his other publications are Meaning in Language and articles for a number of journals. At present Dr. Holmes, who holds a Ph.D. in English from Yale University, is on the English faculty of Castleton State College, Vermont.

Chimyo Horioka, who is responsible for the nonverbal aspects of this volume, is Far Eastern Librarian in the Asiatic Department of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and author of many articles on Buddhist art. A priest of the Shingon sect and graduate of Koyasan University, he also studied philosophy at Hamburg and Koenigsberg universities. He has been president of the Cambridge Buddhist Association since the death of Dr. Daisetz Suzuki in 1966.

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