The World of the Shining Prince: Court Life in Ancient Japan

The World of the Shining Prince: Court Life in Ancient Japan

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by Ivan Morris
     
 

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The World of the Shining Prince, Ivan Morris's widely acclaimed portrait of the ceremonious, inbred, melancholy world of ancient Japan, has been a standard in cultural studies for nearly thirty years. Using as a frame of reference The Tale of Genji and other major literary works from Japan's Heian period, Morris recreates an era when woman set the cultural tone.

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The World of the Shining Prince, Ivan Morris's widely acclaimed portrait of the ceremonious, inbred, melancholy world of ancient Japan, has been a standard in cultural studies for nearly thirty years. Using as a frame of reference The Tale of Genji and other major literary works from Japan's Heian period, Morris recreates an era when woman set the cultural tone. Focusing on the world of the emperor's court-the world so admired by Virginia Woolf and others-he describes the politics, society, religious life, and superstitions of the times, providing detailed portrayals of the daily life of courtiers, the cult of beauty they espoused, and the intricate relations between the men and women of this milieu.

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“A thoughtful scholar’s reconstruction. . . . A book which should delight anyone interested in Japan.” —The New York Times Book Review

“The people of the Heian period in Japan . . . evolved a civilization . . . pervaded by a sense of the transitoriness of things, combined with an awareness of beauty so sharp that it was poignant. . . . Ivan Morris’s book is as elegant as its theme.” —The Observer

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Morris's classic was first published in 1964. (June)
Booknews
**** Reprint of the 1964 edition (which is cited in BCL3) with a new introduction by Barbara Ruch. Morris recounts and comments upon the world of Lady Murasaki. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345803900
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/21/2013
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
348,781
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

IVAN MORRIS wrote widely on Japan's ancient culture and modern politics, and translated many works from classical and contemporary literature. His books include The Mobility of Failure and translations of Mishima's Temple of the Golden Pavilion and The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon. He died in 1976.

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