Tokyo: Tuttle Publishing, 2007. Reprint. Seventeenth Printing. Paperback. Boxed Set. Used - Very good/Fine. Box has a small mark at the top. 1090 pp over 2 vols. Item #6643
Translated with introduction by Edward G. Seidensticker. Unabridged in 2 volume set.
Centuries before Shakespeare, Murasaki Shikibu's The Tale of Genji was already acknowledged as a classic of Japanese literature. Over the past century, this book has gained worldwide acceptance as not only the world's first novel but as one of the greatest works of literature of all time.
The hero of the tale, Prince Genji, is a shining example of the Heian-era ideal man—accomplished in poetry, dance, music, painting, and, not least of all to the novel's many plots, romance. The Tale of Genji and the characters and world it depicts have influenced Japanese culture to its very core. This celebrated translation by Arthur Waley gives Western readers a very genuine feel for the tone of this beloved classic.