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The pillow book of Sei Shonagon

Translated by Ivan I. Morris

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Written by the court gentlewoman Sei Shonagon, ostensibly for her own amusement, The Pillow Book offers a fascinating exploration of life among the nobility at the height of the Heian period, describing the exquisite pleasures of a confined world in which poetry, love, fashion, and whim dominated, while harsh reality was kept firmly at a distance. Moving elegantly across a wide range of themes including nature, society, and her own flirtations, Sei Shonagon provides a witty and intimate window on a woman’s life at court in classical Japan.

japanese title: Makura no soshi
notes: Japanese title: Makura no soshi.
subjects: Court and courtiers
Japan, History, Heian period
Social life and customs
genre: Biography/Memoir
ISBN: 9780140442366
OCLC number: 1175678
publisher: Columbia University Press, 1967, 1991; Penguin Books, 1970, 1981, 1984
publication place: New York; Baltimore, MD, New York
japanese publication date: 1002
english publication date: 1967
document type: Book
description: 2 v. : illus., geneal. tables, maps, plans. ; 24 cm.
related: UNESCO collection of representative works: Japanese series