The World of the Shining Prince: Court Life in Ancient Japan

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A detailed study of the Japanese Heian period (c. AD 950-1050), and court life in Ancient Japan, where the elite were highly cultured and acutely aware of the aesthetic.

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IVAN MORRIS wrote widely on Japan's ancient culture and modern politics, and translated many works from classical and contemporary literature. His books include The Mobility of Failure and translations of Mishima's Temple of the Golden Pavilion and The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon. He died in 1976.

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"A thoughtful scholar’s reconstruction...a book which should delight anyone interested in Japan." -- Oliver Statler, THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

"I cannot think of another work, born in academia, that can so justifiable be described as ‘enthralling’." -- Barbara Ruch, Professor of Japanese Literature and Culture, Columbia

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