The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon

The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon

Book - 1991
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The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon is a fascinating, detailed account of Japanese court life in the eleventh century. Written by a lady of the court at the height of Heian culture, this book enthralls with its lively gossip, witty observations, and subtle impressions. Lady Shonagon was an erstwhile rival of Lady Murasaki, whose novel, The Tale of Genji , fictionalized the elite world Lady Shonagon so eloquently relates. Featuring reflections on royal and religious ceremonies, nature, conversation, poetry, and many other subjects, The Pillow Book is an intimate look at the experiences and outlook of the Heian upper class, further enriched by Ivan Morris's extensive notes and critical contextualization.
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, c1991
ISBN: 9780231073370
0231073372
9780231073363
0231073364
Characteristics: 419 p. : ill., maps ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Morris, Ivan I.

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"1. In Spring It Is the Dawn: In spring it is the dawn that is most beautiful. As the light creeps over the hills, their outlines are dyed a faint red and wisps of purplish cloud trail over them."

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