The pillow book of Sei Shonagon

ISBN: 0140442367, 9780140442366, 0231073364, 9780231073363
OCLC Number: 1175678
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
Author: Sei Shonagon
Translator: Ivan I. Morris
Editor: Ivan I. Morris
Language: en
Publisher: Columbia University Press, 1967, 1991; Penguin Books, 1970, 1981, 1984
Publication Place: New York; Baltimore, MD, New York
Japanese Copyright Year: 1002
English Publication Date: 1967
Notes: Japanese title: Makura no soshi.
Related: UNESCO collection of representative works: Japanese series
Abstract: 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.