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- DescriptionThis is the diary of Lady Murasaki, the Japanese prose writer. It describes the Heian court at its apogee and offers an intimate picture of the author's life as tutor and companion to the timid Empress Shoshi. It reveals the underside of imperial splendour from a female point of view.
- Author BiographyLady Murasaki lived in Japan at the end of the ninth century. She was the author of The Tale of the Genji, which has been hailed as the first novel. Richard Bowring has also translated The Tale of the Genji and is editor of the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Japan.
- Author(s)Murasaki Shikibu
- PublisherPenguin Books Ltd
- Date of Publication07/03/1996
- GenreAutobiography: Historical, Political & Military
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- First Published1999
- ImprintPenguin Books Ltd
- Content NoteIllustrations, geneal. table,map,plans
- Weight112 g
- Width129 mm
- Height198 mm
- Spine8 mm
- Translated byRichard John Bowring
- Introduction byRichard John Bowring
- Format DetailsB-format paperback
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