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The pillow book of Sei Shōnagon by Sei ShЕЌnagon

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Published by Columbia University Press in New York .
Written in English

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Edition Notes

Statementtranslated and edited by Ivan Morris.
SeriesTranslations from the Asian classics, Columbia Asian studies series
ContributionsMorris, Ivan I.
LC ClassificationsPL788.6.M3 E56 1991
The Physical Object
Pagination419 p. :
Number of Pages419
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL1537475M
ISBN 100231073364, 0231073372
LC Control Number91015757

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Introduction Sei Shonagon’s Pillow Book (Makura no Soshi) is the private journal of a lady-in-waiting to the Empress of Japan written during the ’s. Sei served her empress during the late Heian Period (a particularly vibrant time for Japanese arts and the beginning of Japan’s feudal age) and File Size: KB.   The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon is a fascinating look at Japanese court culture during the 11th century Heian period ( to ). While others may be more familiar with Murasaki Shikibu’s The Tale of Genji as an example of classic Japanese literature of the time, I chose The Pillow Book instead – I always lean towards bucking the trend and I was intrigued by what I had read of Sei /5(66).   The Pillow Book, on the other hand, is a plain record of fact, and being at least ten times as long as Murasaki's Diary, and far more varied in contents, it is the most important document of the period that we possess. Sei Shonagon, the author of The Pillow Book, was born in or , the daughter of Kiyohara no Motosuke. The Kiyohara clan /5(14). The Pillow Book, written about , is a collection of impressions of court life by the court lady Sei Shônagon.A contemporary of Murasaki Shikibu, who wrote The Tale of Genji, Sei Shônagon reflects the same concern with style and taste typical of the the wistful and sometimes tragic mood of The Tale of Genji, however, the author of The Pillow Book expressed the feeling of.

The Pillow Book is a book of observations and musings recorded by Sei Shonagon during her time as court lady to Empress Consort Teishi during the s and early 11th century in Heian Japan. The book was completed in the year The Pillow Book is a journal written by a tenth-century lady-in-waiting to the Empress of Japan. The author is Sei Shonagon, and she was given some notebooks that were lying around the Palace that no one else wanted. The Pillow Book is her journal, and the topics she covers are varied.   The Pillow Book (Makura no Soshi) is a personalised account of life at the Japanese court by Sei Shonagon which she completed c. CE during the Heian book is full of humorous observations (okashi) written in the style of a diary, an approach known as zuihitsu-style (‘rambling') of which The Pillow Book was the first and greatest example. Buy The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon Penguin Classics by Sei Shonagon, Ivan Morris, Ivan Morris (ISBN: ) from Amazon's Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on /5(31).

The Pillow-Book of Sei Shonagon. By Sei Shonagon, Arthur Waley. Read preview. Excerpt. When the first volume of The Tale of Genji appeared in English, the prevailing comment of critics was that the book revealed a subtle and highly developed civilization, the very existence of which had hitherto remained unsuspected. It was guessed that so.   (Sei Shonagon was born in Japan around the year CE and served as a lady in waiting to Empress Sadako. In her Pillow Book, she gives an account of the things she saw and her now and then she provides a list of things, which are like tiny exhibitions organised by an unpredictable curator).   Sei's 11th Century blog is remarkable for the way in which it records the ins and outs of daily life in Japan of the year , but really, the main appeal of The Pillow Book is that Sei is a Author: Charlotte Ahlin. A perfect companion to that work, The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon brings an added dimension to Murasaki's timeless and seminal novel and further illuminates Japanese court life in all its ritualistic glory. Through his elegant and readable abridged translation, Arthur Waley perfectly conveys Sei Shonagon's girlish temperament and quirky.