The Pillow Book of Sei Shōnagon

The Pillow Book of Sei Shōnagon

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Columbia Univ Pr
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, [1991]
Copyright Date: ©1991
ISBN: 9780231073370
Branch Call Number: 895.6 SEI
Characteristics: 419 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Morris, Ivan I.
Notes: Translation of: Makura no sōshi


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