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The Pillow Book
by Sei Shonagon and Meredith McKinney


Overview - The classic portrayal of court life in tenth-century Japan

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.  Read more...


 
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Overview
The classic portrayal of court life in tenth-century Japan

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.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780140448061
  • ISBN-10: 0140448063
  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Publish Date: October 2007
  • Page Count: 364
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
  • Dimensions: 7.76 x 5.16 x 0.94 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.66 pounds

Series: Penguin Classics

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Books > Biography & Autobiography > Personal Memoirs
Books > History > Asia - Japan
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