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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 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.
Used book in very good condition as advertised. Excellent introductory notes. Recommend reading in small installments overtime. Read morePublished 24 days ago by carmelareads
Got what I ordered for a price that was less than expectedPublished 1 month ago by Jackson D Reeves
I have been reading Genji simultaneously in all three translations and I have found that they all have their uses. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Avery Morrow
The author is good and all books should be this well written. It seems that it has some soul and not mass written like some other authors.Published 4 months ago by Nicholas Harkovich
Royall Tyler's translation makes this novel more accessible to the Western reader, while emphasizing the beauty and poetry of the original. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rowan Cota
This is not an easy story to read. I would call it character-DRIVEN, but it's more like character-TOTED. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Gordon_bydand
Arrived in great condition. Wasn't expecting that for a non-hard cover. Made good use of it for my college class.Published 10 months ago by Scott Ramage