The Diary Of Lady Murasaki by Murasaki ShikibuThe Diary Of Lady Murasaki by Murasaki Shikibu

The Diary Of Lady Murasaki

byMurasaki ShikibuTranslated byRichard Bowring

Paperback | October 1, 1996

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The Diary recorded by Lady Murasaki (c. 973-c. 1020), author of The Tale of Genji, is an intimate picture of her life as tutor and companion to the young Empress Shoshi. Told in a series of vignettes, it offers revealing glimpses of the Japanese imperial palace - the auspicious birth of a prince, rivalries between the Emperor's consorts, with sharp criticism of Murasaki's fellow ladies-in-waiting and drunken courtiers, and telling remarks about the timid Empress and her powerful father, Michinaga. The Diary is also a work of great subtlety and intense personal reflection, as Murasaki makes penetrating insights into human psychology - her pragmatic observations always balanced by an exquisite and pensive melancholy.
Lady Murasaki lived in Japan at the end of the ninth century. She was the author of The Tale of the Genji, which has been hailed as the first novel. Richard Bowring has also translated The Tale of the Genji and is editor of the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Japan.
Title:The Diary Of Lady MurasakiFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 7.78 × 5 × 0.28 inPublished:October 1, 1996Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:014043576X

ISBN - 13:9780140435764

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18


Table of Contents

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

From Our Editors

Discouraged from learning Chinese, the official speech of tongue century political discourse, Japanese women wrote prose in their own language thus playing a key role in the formation of Japan’s early prose tradition. The Diary of Lady Murasaki is an intimate account of the author’s tenure as tutor and companion to the Empress Shoshi. Illuminating reading, Lady Murasaki’s vivid description of court anecdotes, obsequious courtiers royalty provides a compelling study of imperial Japan from the femine perspective of the times. Whether read out of fascination for the subject or as a study in Japanese culture. The Diary of Lady Murasaki is one of the most informative and pleasurable to read sources of primary information available.