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The Tale of Genji: Scenes from the Worlds First Novel (Illustrated Japanese Classics) [Paperback]

By Murasaki Shikibu, Masayuki Miyata (Illustrator), Setouchi Jakucho (Introduction by), Donald Keene & H. MacK Horton (Translator)
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A lushly illustrated edition of a world classic
The third in this series of illustrated Japanese classics, The Tale of Genji again combines Miyata's captivating paper cut-outs with a modern retelling of a vintage story. This well-known tale of the amorous adventures of Prince Genji is widely considered world literature's first novel, and with its precise and poetic prose, it is also considered one of its finest.
Written with precision by a lady of the Japanese court, Genji's Don Juan-like clandestine rendezvous with lovers in their perfumed boudoirs or on mossy moonlit garden paths, continues to intrigue lovers of literature. What sets Genji apart from the typically carefree playboy is the intensity of his emotional attachment for each of his lovers. Long after an affair has ended, Genji continues to cherish the encounter. His is an age-old tale, as well as a poignant and brilliant portrait of Japan's ancient court life.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   238
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 9"
Weight:   1.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 18, 2002
Publisher   Kodansha International
ISBN  4770027729  
ISBN13  9784770027726  

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More About Murasaki Shikibu, Masayuki Miyata, Setouchi Jakucho, Donald Keene & H. MacK Horton

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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.
Royall Tyler was born in London, England, and grew up in Massachusetts, England, Washington D.C., and Paris. He has a B.A. in Far Eastern Languages from Harvard, and an M.A. in Japanese History and Ph. D. in Japanese literature from Columbia University. He has taught Japanese language and culture at, among other places, Ohio State University, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Oslo, in Norway. Beginning in 1990, he taught at the Australian National University, in Canberra, from which he retired at the end of 2000. He will spend the American academic year 2001-02 as a Visiting Professor at Harvard.

Royall Tyler and his wife Susan live in a rammed earth house on 100 acres in the bush about seventy miles from Canberra, where they breed alpacas as a hobby.

Royall Tyler s previous works include Japanese Noh Dramas, a selection and translation of Noh plays published by Penguin; Japanese Tales and French Folktales, anthologies published by Pantheon; and The Miracles of the Kasuga Deity, a study of a medieval Japanese cult published by Columbia University Press."

Murasaki Shikibu has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Penguin Classics
  2. Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions
  3. Vintage Classics

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great story, beautiful illustrations, disapointing format  May 9, 2006
Its a great book with beautiful illustrations, stories. The stories written alongside in Kanji script makes the book even better. However, the illustrations split randomly across two pages, destroys the beauty of Miyata Masayuki's paper cuts outs. Wish the book will be reformatted in the future to accomodate the illustrations in full on one page.

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