The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon

The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon

Description

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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Details

Author(s)
Ivan Morris
Format
Paperback | 419 pages
Dimensions
135 x 198 x 26.42mm | 453.59g
Publication date
30 Dec 1991
Publisher
Columbia University Press
Publication City/Country
New York, United States
Language
English
ISBN10
0231073372
ISBN13
9780231073370
Bestsellers rank
664,396