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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.
A classic Japanese story. Translation was easy to read. I enjoyed reading thisPublished 2 months ago by Samantha English
I was very dismayed to find so much of the unabridged book was not included. Next time I will look at the number of pages in the book for a clue. A real lesson in buyer beware.Published 19 months ago by Chalice D. Oleksiewicz
This is abridged.
That, with Tale of Genji, is not as bad as it seems.
You may wish to sample this wonderful story by reading this version. Read more
The Tale of Genji is a historical fiction book about Minamoto Yoshisune's relationship with his family and with his lovers. Read morePublished on November 3, 2011 by DJ
This textbook arrived quickly as I signed up for student speed, so to say. It was in good shape and packed very well.Published on October 8, 2011 by Lisa M. Szeto
This version was not labeled as abridged when I ordered it. Amazon please be more careful about things like that, I didn't really want the cliff's notes version. Read morePublished on September 27, 2010 by T. Ward