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Japan’s Literary Treasures

From the concise artistry of haiku to sprawling narratives like “The Tale of Genji,” Japanese literature comes in many shapes and sizes. This series focuses in on classic works.

Murasaki Shikibu: A Thousand Years of Anonymous FameRichard Medhurst

A millennium ago, Murasaki Shikibu’s keen observations of the Japanese aristocracy and court bore fruit in her literary works, including the masterpiece The Tale of Genji.

“The Tale of Genji”: Japan’s Literary HeavyweightRichard Medhurst

Japan’s great literary classic, The Tale of Genji, was written more than 1,000 years ago. This article gives an outline of the complex plot and suggests ways to approach the work.

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