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Murasaki Shikibu

The Diary of Lady Murasaki

Murasaki Shikibu The Diary Of Lady Murasaki
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Biographical note:

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.

Table of contents:

Preface
A Note on Japanese Names and Dates
Introduction
Cultural background
The author
The diary
THE DIARY OF LADY MURASAKI Appendix I: Ground-plans and Map
Appendix II: Additional Sources
A Guide to Further Reading

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