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The Tale Of Genji
by Lady Murasaki Shikibu, Trans. By Edward G. Seidensticker, Illust. By Harunasa Yamamoto
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Written in the eleventh century, this exquisite portrait of courtly life in medieval Japan is widely celebrated as the world's first novel. Genji, the Shining Prince, is the son of an emperor. He is a passionate character whose tempestuous nature, family circumstances, love affairs, alliances, and shifting political fortunes form the core of this magnificent epic. Royall Tyler's superior translation is detailed, poetic, and superbly true to the Japanese original while allowing the modern reader to appreciate it as a contemporary treasure. Supplemented with detailed notes, glossaries, character lists, and chronologies to help the reader navigate the multigenerational narrative, this comprehensive edition presents this ancient tale in the grand style that it deserves.
Translated by Royall Tyler
About the Author
Murasaki Shikibu was a lady in the Heian court of eleventh-century Japan.
Royall Tyler, an American, taught Japanese language and literature for many years at Australia National University. He has a B.A. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Columbia University and has also taught at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Oslo, Norway. He lives in Canberra, Australia.
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