The Floating World

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University of Hawaii Press, 1954 - Art - 453 pages
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The Floating World by novelist James A. Michener is a classic work on the Japanese print of the Edo period (1615-1868). Mr. Michener shows how the Japanese printmakers, cut off from revivifying contacts with the art of the rest of the world and hampered by their own governmental restrictions, were able to keep their art vital for two centuries through their vigor and determination.

For this new edition, Howard A. Link updates the scholarship and expands on many theoretical aspects introduced in Michener's study.

 

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Contents

In the Village of Otsu
3
The Land and the People
12
The Sovereign Line
21
UNKNOWN ARTIST The God Bishamon
25
HISHIKAWA MORONOBU Ann Wakashu with Samisen
27
The City and the Stage
32
The Dramatic Vision
45
The Floating World
57
HISHIKAWA MORONOBU Yujo beside a Cherry Tree
295
TORII KIYONOBU i Tsutsui Kichijuro Dancing the Yariodori
297
TORII KIYONOBU i Yaoya OShichi and Kichisaburo
299
TORII KIYOMASU i At the Uji Bridge
301
TORII KIYONOBU ii Danjuro II in the Soga Play
303
OKUMURA MASANOBU The Nakamura Theatre
305
OKUMURA MASANOBU Sanogawa Ichimatsu Entering the Theatre
307
OKUMURA MASANOBU Onoe Kikugoro in the Soga Play
309

NISHIKAWA SUKENOBU Young Girl
63
The Function of the Symbol
65
The Role of the Inventor
72
The Exquisite Vision
84
The Basic Principles of Ukiyoe
95
Integrity and the Artist
107
The Inevitable Prison
117
The Complete Artist
125
Certain Facts Not Widely Known
135
How It Was Done
148
The Popular Symbol
161
Arts Mystery
172
Must an Artist Be Original?
183
The Life of the Artist
191
The Other Books
202
The Function of the Eye
213
Why an Art Dies
227
The Dispersal
236
Japanese Prints Today
247
HIRATSUKA UNiCHi The Puppet Doll Yaoya OShichi
255
The Prints
258
HISHIKAWA MORONOBU Nihonbashi Bridge
261
HISHIKAWA MORONOBU Scene in the Yoshiwara
263
lOc TORI KIYONOBU i Nakamura Shichisaburo woodblock
264
Wb TORII KIYONOBU i Nakamura Shichisaburo print
265
TORII KIYONOBU i Scene from arukami
267
NISHIKAWA SUKENOBU Women in the Rain
269
NISHIKAWA SUKENOBU Ono no Komachi in Old Age
271
KAIGETSUDO ANCHi Courtesan
272
KAIGETSUDO DOHAN Courtesan
274
OKUMURA MASANOBU Elopement of Ukifune
277
KUBO SHUNMAN Visitors Departing at Night
279
CHOBUNSAI EISHI Ono no Komachi Praying for Rain
281
KITAO SHIGEMASA AND KiTAo MASANOBU Edo Street Scene
283
UTAGAWA TOYOHIRO Monkey and Crab
285
KATSUSHIKA HOKUSAi The Shop of Tsutaya Jusaburo
287
KATSUSHIKA HOKUSAI Sumo Wrestlers Practicing
289
KOSHIRO ONCHI The Author of The Ice Island
291
UNKNOWN ARTIST Benkci and the Bell
293
35 OKUMURA MASANOBU Yaoya OShichi and Kichisaburo
311
ICHIKAWA TOYONOBU Lovers under One Umbrella
313
TORII KIYOHIRO Matsukaze and Murasame
315
TORII KIYOMITSU Children Playing at Dojoji
317
SUZUKI HARUNOBU Clearing Weather
319
IPPITSUSAI BUNCHO Segawa Kikunojo II and Arashi Sangoro II
321
KATSUKAWA SHUNSHO Ichikawa Danjuro V as an Otokodate
323
KATSUKAWA SHUNSHO Ichikawa Danjuro V as Tomomori
325
ISODA KORYUSAI Woman Leaving a Bathhouse
327
TORII KIYONOGA Autumn Night in Shinagawa
329
TORII KTYONAGA Shosa
331
KATSUKAWA SHUNSHO Tanikaze and OKita
333
53b KITAGAWA UTAMARO Hanaogi mica ground
334
53a KITAGAWA UTAMARO Hanaogi
335
CHOBUNSAI EISHI Hanaogi and Kisegawa
337
KITAO MASANOBU Listening to a Cuckoo
339
EMU Santo Kyoden
340
SHUNEI Bando Hikosaburo III as Sugawara no Michizane
343
TOSHUSAI SHARAKU Segawa Tomisaburo II as Yadorigi
345
UTAGAWA TOYONOKI Sakata Hangoro III as an Evil Daimyo
347
KATSUSHIKA HOKusAi Waterfall at Ono
349
ICHIRYUSAI HIROSHIGE Evening Snow at Mount Hira
351
ICHIRYUSAI HIROSHIGE Mandarin Duck in the Snow
353
ICHIRYUSAI HIROSHIGE Night Attack from Chiushingura 355357
355
HISHIKAWA MORONOBU Lovers
359
Chronological Chart
360
Biographies
361
The Floating World Thirty Years Later
379
KITAGAWA UTAMARO Shaving the Head
420
SUGIMURA JIHEI ATTR The Story of the Jewel Theft
421
TORII KIYONAGA The Seventh Month
423
ICHIRYUSAI HIROSHIGE Goldfish
424
KATSUSHIKA HOKUSAI Chinese Matsuri Festival
425
KATSUSHIKA HOKUSAI Poems Explained by the Wet Nurse
427
ICHIRYUSAI HIROSHIGE Mochizuki No 26 in series
428
Bibliography
429
Index and Glossary
441
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James A. Michener, 1907 - 1997 James Albert Michener was born on February 3, 1907 in Doylestown, Pa. He earned an A.B. from Swarthmore College, an A.M. from Colorado State College of Education, and an M.A. from Harvard University. He taught for many years and was an editor for Macmillan Publishing Company. His first book, "Tales of the South Pacific," derived from Michener's service in the Pacific in World War II, won the 1947 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and was the basis for the Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical South Pacific, which won the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Michener completed close to 40 novels. Some other epic works include "Hawaii," "Centennial," "Space," and "Caribbean." He also wrote a significant amount of nonfiction including his autobiography "The World Is My Home." Among his many other honors, James Michener received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977. He was married to Patti Koon in 1935; they divorced in 1948. He married Vange Nord in 1948 (divorced 1955) and Mari Yoriko Sabusawa in 1955 (deceased 1994). He died in 1997 in Austin, Texas.

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