The World of the Shining Prince

The World of the Shining Prince : Court Life in Ancient Japan

By (author) Ivan Morris

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A portrait of the court culture of the ancient emperors of Japan. This book is divided into subject chapters covering such themes as politics, religion, the cult of beauty and the the 'Tale of Genji' for easy reference. Appendices and genealogical tables on the Heian period are included. The World of the Shining Prince, Ivan Morris's widely acclaimed portrait of the ceremonious, inbred, melancholy world of ancient Japan, has been a standard in cultural studies for nearly thirty years. Using as a frame of reference The Tale of Genji and other major literary works

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  • Paperback | 338 pages
  • 143 x 212.9 x 24.9mm | 435.46g
  • 29 Aug 2000
  • Kodansha America, Inc
  • New York, NY
  • English
  • Reprint
  • tables
  • 1568360290
  • 9781568360294
  • 333,810

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IVAN MORRIS wrote widely on Japan's ancient culture and modern politics, and translated many works from classical and contemporary literature. His books include The Mobility of Failure and translations of Mishima's Temple of the Golden Pavilion and The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon. He died in 1976.

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"Morris's classic was first published in 1964." -Publishers Weekly"A thoughtful scholar's reconstruction...a book which should delight anyone interested in Japan."-The New York Times Book Review"I cannot think of another work, born in academia, that can so justifiable be described as 'enthralling'." -Barbara Ruch, Professor of Japanese Literature and Culture, Columbia

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