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Murasaki's Memoir By Murasaki Shikibu & Erick DuPree
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The biographical life of Murasaki Shikibu, arguably one of the greatest authors in World Literature's canon, is at best scant. She is indisputably the "Shakespeare" of Japan and yet her... More > magnum opus, Genji Monogatari (The Tale of Genji)eclipses Shakespeare by 700 years. She is considered by many the first novelist. Her work is read by most every student in Japan. Long before Dickens and Tolstoy, there was Murasaki. Murasaki's Memoir captures of the birth of a Crown Price though the eyes the Empress' tutor and confidant, Murasaki. More than a translation, this comparative thesis draws scholarship from many translations and endeavors to encapsulate a perfect memoir. This is her story told with a fresh voice. Murasaki's Memoir is a glimpses into life of a woman hidden in seclusion and restrained by rules, who was destined to become legend.< Less

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