The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon

Paperback | December 30, 1991

Translated byIvan MorrisbySei Shonagon

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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.

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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, Th...

Ivan Morris (1925-1976) was considered the most versatile Japanese translator of his generation and wrote widely on modern and ancient Japan. He taught at Columbia University and was chair of its Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. His books include translations of Lady Sarashina's As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams, Jiro Os...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:419 pagesPublished:December 30, 1991Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231073372

ISBN - 13:9780231073370

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Table of Contents

The calenderThe governmentPlacesHome provinces and neighbouring provincesThe surroundings of the capitalThe capitalClothes, houses, etc.ClothesHousesVehiclesLetters, games, musical instrumentsChronology

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Shonagon comes through vividly.... [Morris] has given us for the first time in full a delightful and fascinating book which is also a work of notable scholarship.