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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 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.
The strength of this translation is the introductory information that provides necessary background of both the text and the world that Genji inhabits. Read morePublished on Dec 31 2003 by Jadepearl
The "Tale of Genji" was written one thousand years ago at the court of the Emperor of Japan. It has to be said, this book will not appeal to everyone. Read morePublished on Oct. 19 2003 by kallan
Having read a few of the great Chinese works (Three Kingdoms, Outlaws of the Marsh, Journey to the West), I had expected this tale of the Japanese hero-prince Genji to be a tale of... Read morePublished on Sept. 11 2003 by Adrian Jenkins