Anthology of Japanese literature, from the earliest era to the mid-nineteenth century

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George Unwin, 1955 - Fiction - 442 pages
The sweep of Japanese literature in all its great variety was made available to Western readers for the first time in this anthology. Every genre and style, from the celebrated No plays to the poetry and novels of the seventeenth century, find a place in this book. An introduction by Donald Keene places the selections in their proper historical context, allowing the readers to enjoy the book both as literature and as a guide to the cultural history of Japan. Selections include "Man'yoshu" or "Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves" from the ancient period; "Kokinshu" or "Collection of Ancient and Modern Poetry," "The Tosa Diary" of Ki No Tsurayuki, "Yugao" from "Tales of Genji" of Murasaki Shikibu, and "The Pillow Book" of Sei Shonagon from the Heian Period; "The Tale of the Heike" from the Kamakura Period; Plan of the No Stage, "Birds of Sorrow" of Seami Motokiyo, and "Three Poets at Minase" from the Muromachi Period; and Sections from Basho, including "The Narrow Road of Oku," "The Love Suicides at Sonezaki" by Chikamatsu Monzaemon, and Waka and haiku of the Tokugawa Period.

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Contents

ANCIENT PERIOD TO 794 A D
31
Manyoshu
33
The Luck of the Sea and the Luck of the Mountains
54
Kaifuso
59
HEIAN PERIOD 7941 1 85
63
The Tales of
67
Kokinshu
76
The Tosa Diary
82
The Art of the
258
plan of the No Stage
263
Sotoba Komachi
264
Birds of Sorrow
271
Atsumori
286
The Damask Drum
294
The BirdCatcher in Hades
301
Busu
305

Poetry from the Six Collections
92
Kagero Nikki
97
Yugao from The Tale of Genji
106
The Pillow Book
137
Diary
145
The Sarashina Diary
156
Poetry in Chinese
162
Ryojin Hisho
167
The Lady Who Loved Insects
170
KAMAKURA PERIOD 1 1 851 3
177
The Tale of the Heike
179
Shinkokinshii
192
An Account of My
197
Tales from the Uji Collection
213
The Captain of Naruto
224
MUROMACHI PERIOD 1 3331 600
229
Essays in Idleness
231
The Exile of Godaigo
242
Poems in Chinese by Buddhist Monks
312
Three Poets at Minase
314
The Three Priests
322
TOKUGAWA PERIOD 1 6001 868
336
What the Seasons Brought to the Almanac Maker
337
The Umbrella Oracle
354
The Eternal Storehouse of Japan
357
The Narrow Road of
363
Prose Poem on the Unreal Dwelling
374
Conversations with Kyorai
377
Haifa by Basho and His School
384
Chikamatsu on the Art of the Puppet Stage
386
The Love Suicides at Sonezaki
391
A Wayward Wife
410
Hizakurige
416
Shino and Hamaji
423
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About the author (1955)

Donald Keene is an expert on Japanese literature and culture who was educated at Columbia University. Currently he is the Shincho Professor of Japanese Literature and University Professor Emeritus at Columbia University. Keene's books include The Pleasures of Japanese Literature and Essays in Idleness. His translations include Three Plays of Kobo Abe and Twenty Plays of the No Theater. His awards include the Kikuchi Kan Prize of the Society for the Advancement of Japanese Culture, the Japan Foundation Prize and the Tokyo Metropolitan Prize. He has honorary degrees from Cambridge University, St. Andrew's College and Middlebury College.

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