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.
Few people realize that the first novel was written by a Japanese woman before Beowulf was written. Japanese women of the 9th century before the Shogun era had more freedom and... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Siobhan
Though this "diary" is most likely incomplete, it is a marvelous illustration of the time and done by none other than Murasaki Shikibu, the pioneer of the novel. Read morePublished 8 months ago by J. Martin
I guess it's a different take on the whole Heian era author of Genji. Interesting is all I can say.Published 16 months ago by Jeff I.
The diary of Lady Murasaki is the court diary of the author of the Tale of Genji - an 11th century masterpiece of japanese literature. Read morePublished on January 13, 2009 by lovemurakami
The Diary of Lady Murasaki is a very fine read, even by today's standards. Sadly short due to age, it still offers an amazing insight into court life of the time. Read morePublished on May 10, 2007 by J. Muije