The Pillow-book of Sei Shōnagon

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Kessinger Publishing, Jan 1, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 160 pages
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996 A.D., with later revisions. The translation of the diaries of a court lady in tenth-century Japan, it is a collection of anecdotes, memories of court and religious ceremonies, character sketches, lists of things the author enjoyed or loathed, places that interested her, diary entries, descriptions of nature, pilgrimages, conversations, poetry exchanges--indeed, almost everything that made up daily life for the upper classes in Japan during the Heian period.

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User Review  - missizicks - LibraryThing

Sei Shōnagon was a terrible snob! I enjoyed the passages describing events at court, conversations, and love affairs. The lists of what is and isn't good were dull. Shōnagon's attitude to those of ... Read full review

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User Review  - le.vert.galant - LibraryThing

A classic that needs no recommendation from me. The level of worldliness of Heian Japan is vastly superior to any other civilization of the time. It was an age when a slight variation in sleeve length ... Read full review

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Arthur Waley (1889-1966) is highly regarded for his many translations of Chinese & Japanese literature.

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