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The gossamer years; the diary of a noblewoman of Heian, Japan.

Author: Michitsuna no Haha; Edward Seidensticker
Publisher: Tokyo, Rutland, Vt., C.E. Tuttle Co. [1964]
Series: UNESCO collection of representative works., Japanese series.
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"This frank autobiographical diary reveals two tempestuous decades of the author's unhappy marriage and her growing indignation at rival wives and mistresses. Too impetuous to be satisfied as a subsidiary wife, this beautiful noblewoman of the Heian dynasty protests the marriage system of her time in one of Japanese literature's earliest attempts to portray difficult elements of the predominant social hierarchy. A  Read more...
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Michitsuna no Haha, approximately 935-995.
Gossamer years.
Tokyo, Rutland, Vt., C.E. Tuttle Co. [1964]
(OCoLC)646839903
Named Person: Michitsuna no Haha; d 995 Fujiwara; Michitsuna no Haha
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michitsuna no Haha; Edward Seidensticker
OCLC Number: 531946
Notes: Translated form the Iwanami ed. of the Kagerō nikki published in 1957.
Description: 201 pages illustrations, map 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
The Gossamer Years: Book One; Book Two; Book Three --
Notes --
Appendix: The Heian Setting: Illustrations.
Series Title: UNESCO collection of representative works., Japanese series.
Responsibility: Translated by Edward Seidensticker.

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"This frank autobiographical diary reveals two tempestuous decades of the author's unhappy marriage and her growing indignation at rival wives and mistresses. Too impetuous to be satisfied as a subsidiary wife, this beautiful noblewoman of the Heian dynasty protests the marriage system of her time in one of Japanese literature's earliest attempts to portray difficult elements of the predominant social hierarchy. A classic work of early Japanese prose."--Cover.

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