Book/Printed Material The Tale of Genji.

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About this Item

Title

  • The Tale of Genji.

Summary

  • This book is an old movable-type edition of one of the best-known classic works of Japanese literature. It is said to be the first printed version of Genji monogatari (The tale of Genji) and appears in 54 volumes produced in the Keichō Era (1596--1615). This is one of the earliest books for which hiragana types were used, and only two others are extant as scribal copies. Hiragana is a cursive script of the Japanese syllabary. One of the oldest novels in the world, Genji monogatari was written in the early 11th century by a court lady known as Murasaki Shikibu. Her story concerns the life and loves of Prince Genji and the affairs of his children and grandchildren, reflecting Japanese court life at the height of the Heian period (794--1185). The tale is told in prose and also has nearly 800 poems embedded in the narrative.

Names

  • Murasaki Shikibu, born 978? Author.

Created / Published

  • [1596 to 1615].

Headings

  • -  Japan
  • -  1000 to 1050
  • -  Aristocracy (Social class)
  • -  Heian period
  • -  Japanese literature
  • -  Manners and customs
  • -  Princes
  • -  Romances
  • -  The Tale of Genji

Notes

  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  Original resource extent: 54 volumes; 25.4 x 19.2 centimeters.
  • -  Original resource at: National Diet Library.
  • -  Content in Japanese.
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.

Medium

  • 1 online resource.

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2021666121

Online Format

  • compressed data
  • pdf
  • image

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Murasaki Shikibu, Born 978? Author. The Tale of Genji. [to 1615, 1596] Pdf. https://www.loc.gov/item/2021666121/.

APA citation style:

Murasaki Shikibu, B. 9. A. (1596) The Tale of Genji. [to 1615] [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2021666121/.

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Murasaki Shikibu, Born 978? Author. The Tale of Genji. [to 1615, 1596] Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2021666121/>.