Genji monogatari. English

  • Genji monogatari. English
  • The tale of Genji

Murasaki Shikibu, b. 978?


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LC keywords

Fiction -- Japan -- 11th century
Novels -- Japan -- 11th century

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The tale of Genji / Murasaki Shikibu ; translated with an introduction by Edward G. Seidensticker Murasaki Shikibu, b. 978? tr. Seidensticker, Edward, 1921- : 1st Tuttle ed. 2 v. : ill. ; 25 cm. Charles E. Tuttle Tokyo: 1978, c1976 (1987 printing)


Mode of access: Online. OTA website

An epic novel concerning the life and intrigues of the fictitional Prince Genji, who is the son of the emperor and Kiritsubo, his concubine. The Tale is generally regarded as an accurate portrayal of aristocratic life in the middle of the Heian period (794-1195 A.D.)

Deposited along with the original Japanese text (Text 2246 in the Archive)

Improved version of Text 1384 in which errors have been identified and ammended

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