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The World Of The Shining Prince: Court Life In Ancient Japan


Condition: Softcover. Reading copy

Penguin Books, Baltimore: 1969. Softcover. Reading copy. The world of Genji was the Japanese Heian period (fl. c. A.D. 90-1050), when the rest of the world, except China, lay in cultural darkness. Using The Tale of the Genji as a frame of reference Dr. Morris outlines the political and social life, the religion and superstitions of the period, the everyday life of the court, it culture of beauty and the relations between men and women in Heian (Kyoto). His detailed study miraculously unfolds for us one of the most unusual and engaging patters in the whole kaleidoscope of history. Includes an Index.

Ivan Morris studied Japanese language and culture at Harvard University while serving in the Intelligence Section of the U.S. Navy Reserves. After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of London in 1951, he worked for the Far East Section of the BBC as well as for the Japan and Pacific departments of the British Foreign Office. He lived in Tokyo for several years, writing, lecturing, and teaching. In 1960 he joined what would later be renamed the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University, where he served as department chair. He was elected a Fellow of St. Anthony’s College at Oxford in 1966. Morris published numerous books on Japanese history, literature, and politics and produced distinguished translations of classical and contemporary Japanese works. He died in 1976.

  • Bookseller: Ad Infinitum Books US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 57998X1
  • Title: The World Of The Shining Prince: Court Life In Ancient Japan
  • Author: MORRIS, IVAN
  • Book condition: Used - Softcover. Reading copy
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Penguin Books, Baltimore: 1969
  • Pages: 348 pages
  • Keywords: (Key Words: Tale of Genji, Heian Period, Ivan Morris, Japan, Kyoto, Buddhism, China, Sei Shonagon, Japanese Emperors, Fujiwara Family, Gossamer Diary, KaoruIkeda Kikan, Shikibu Murasaki, Prince Nou, Pillow Book, Shinoism, Ukifune, Arthur Waley, Yin-yang,
  • Bookseller catalogs: JAPAN;
  • Subjects: TRAVEL / Asia / Japan;


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