Often thought of as the world's first novel, and certainly the first major work of world literature to be written by a woman, "The Tale of Genji" was written by a court lady writing in the early 11th century. This work outlines the background to her work and analyzes the text.
The cultural background; "The Tale of Genji"; language and style; impact, influence and reception.
Murasaki Shikibu: The Tale of Genji by Richard Bowring
Landmarks of World Literature
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Cambridge University Press
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