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The gossamer years : the diary of a noblewoman of Heian Japan

Author: Michitsuna no Haha; Edward Seidensticker; Rogers D. Spotswood Collection.
Publisher: Tokyo, Japan Rutland, Vermont : Charles E. Tuttle Company [1964] ©1964
Series: UNESCO collection of representative works., Japanese series.
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"This remarkably frank autobiographical diary and personal confession attempts to describe a difficult relationship as it 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 (and unnamed) noblewoman of the Heian dynasty protests the marriage system of her time in one of Japanese  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; Rogers D. Spotswood Collection.
OCLC Number: 531946
Notes: Translated from the Iwanami edition 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.

Abstract:

"This remarkably frank autobiographical diary and personal confession attempts to describe a difficult relationship as it 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 (and unnamed) 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, The Gossamer Years is an important example of the development of Heian literature, which, at its best, represents an extraordinary flowering of realistic expression, an attempt, unique for its age, to treat the human condition with frankness and honesty. A timeless and intimate glimpse into the culture of ancient Japan, this translation by Edward Seidensticker paints a revealing picture of married life in the Heian period." -- Publisher's description

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