The Pillow Book

Sei Shonagon (Author) Meredith McKinney (Introduction by)
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Product Details

Price
$19.00  $17.48
Publisher
Penguin Group
Publish Date
November 01, 2007
Pages
364
Dimensions
5.16 X 7.76 X 0.94 inches | 0.66 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780140448061

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About the Author

Sei Shonagon was born approximately a thousand years ago (965 is a likely date) and served as lady-in-waiting at the Court of the Japanese Empress during the last decade of the tenth century. Her father was a provincial official, but is best known as a poet and a scholar. It is possible, though unlikely, that Shonagon was briefly married to a government official, by whom she may have had a son. Her life after her Court service came to an end is totally obscure. There is a tradition that she died in lonely poverty: but this is probably an invention of moralists who were shocked by her promiscuity and thought she deserved retribution. Our knowledge of Shonagon's life and character rests almost exclusively on the Pillow Book itself.