The Tale of Genji

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Penguin, 24. apr 2003 - 1182 pages

The original novel—a classic of Japanese and world literature and a stunningly beautiful story

Written in the eleventh century, this exquisite portrait of courtly life in medieval Japan is widely celebrated as the world’s first novel. Genji, the Shining Prince, is the son of an emperor. He is a passionate character whose tempestuous nature, family circumstances, love affairs, alliances, and shifting political fortunes form the core of this magnificent epic. Royall Tyler’s superior translation is detailed, poetic, and superbly true to the Japanese original while allowing the modern reader to appreciate it as a contemporary treasure. Supplemented with detailed notes, glossaries, character lists, and chronologies to help the reader navigate the multigenerational narrative, this comprehensive edition presents this ancient tale in the grand style that it deserves.
 
This Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition features French flaps and deckle-edged paper.


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Contents

The Green Branch Sakaki
191
Falling Flowers Hanachirusato
221
Akashi Akashi
255
The Pilgrimage to Sumiyoshi Miotsukushi
279
A Waste of Weeds Yomogiu
299
At the Pass Sekiya 3 13
313
The Picture Contest Eawase 3 19
319
Wind in the Pines Matsukaze
331
The Oak Tree Kashiwagi
673
The Flute Yokobue
695
The Bell Cricket Suzumushi
707
Evening Mist Yûgiri
717
The Law Minori
753
The Seer Maboroshi
765
The Perfumed Prince Niou Miya
783
Red Plum Blossoms Köbai
793

Wisps of Cloud Ulsugumo
345
The Bluebell Asagao
363
The Maidens Otome
377
The Tendril Wreath Tamakazura
405
The Warblers First Song Hatsune
429
Butterflies Kochö
439
The Fireflies Hotaru
453
The Pink Tokonatsu
465
The Cressets Kagaribi
479
The Typhoon Nowaki
485
The Imperial Progress Miyuki
497
Thoroughwort Flowers Fujibakama
513
The Handsome Pillar Makibashira
523
The Plum Tree Branch Ulmegae
545
New Wisteria Leaves Fuji no Uraba
559
Spring Shoots I Wakana 1
575
Spring Shoots II Wakana 2
625
Bamboo River Takekawa
803
The Maiden of the Bridge Hashihime
827
Beneath the Oak Shiigamoto
847
Trefoil Knots Agemaki
869
Bracken Shoots Sawarabi
915
The Ivy Yadorigi
927
The Eastern Cottage Azumaya
973
A Drifting Boat Ukifune
1007
The Mayfly Kagerð
1045
Writing Practice Tenarai
1075
Chronology
1125
General Glossary
1134
Clothing and Color
1154
Summary of Poetic Allusions Identified in the Notes
1169
Further Reading
1181
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About the author (2003)

Murasaki Shikibu, born in 978, was a member of Japan's Fujiwara clan, which ruled behind the scenes during the Heian Period by providing the brides and courtesans of all the emperors. Lady Murasaki's rare literary talent, particularly her skill as a poet, secured her a place in the court of Empress Akiko. After the death of her husband, she cloistered herself to study Buddhism, raise her daughter, and write the world's first novel Genji Monogatari, the tale of the shining Prince Genji.


Royall Tyler was born in London, England, and grew up in Massachusetts, England, Washington D.C., and Paris. He has a B.A. in Far Eastern Languages from Harvard, and an M.A. in Japanese History and Ph. D. in Japanese literature from Columbia University. He has taught Japanese language and culture at, among other places, Ohio State University, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Oslo, in Norway. Beginning in 1990, he taught at the Australian National University, in Canberra, from which he retired at the end of 2000. He will spend the American academic year 2001-02 as a Visiting Professor at Harvard.

Royall Tyler and his wife Susan live in a rammed earth house on 100 acres in the bush about seventy miles from Canberra, where they breed alpacas as a hobby.

Royall Tyler's previous works include Japanese Noh Dramas, a selection and translation of Noh plays published by Penguin; Japanese Tales and French Folktales, anthologies published by Pantheon; and The Miracles of the Kasuga Deity, a study of a medieval Japanese cult published by Columbia University Press.

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