New York. 1989. Henry Holt. 1st American Printing. Very Good In Dustjacket. 468 pages. July 1989. hardcover. Jacket design by Dave Gatti. 0805007512. keywords: Literature Translated Japan Asia Autobiography. inventory # 12434. FROM THE PUBLISHER-Donald Keene presents here a collection of premodern Japanese diaries that is both a literary history of this genre and a source of insight into Japanese life of the last thousand years. Ranging from objective to confessional, selections such as ‘The Poetic Memoirs of Lady Dalbu' and ‘Diaries of Seventeenth-Century Courtiers' offer unparalleled glimpses into the lives of diverse writers from the Kamakura dynastic period to the Tokugawa period. Illuminating the hidden and largely unknown worlds of imperial courts, Buddhist monasteries, country inns, and merchants' houses, TRAVELERS OF A HUNDRED AGES is an intimate account of the diarists' lives and a testimony to the struggles and advances of Japanese culture..
Near Fine in Near Fine jacket. First printing. Red cloth spine, tan boards, gilt titles. 'Diaries, ' writes the author, 'describe aspects of Japanese life that are not touched on in other genres. ' Keene, a noted scholar and the author of many books on Japan and Asian culture, has included dozens of diary excerpts, from the Heian Period through the Later Tokugawa Period. Book unread, near fine with some soil to top edge at spine. DJ also near fine with one very short tear. 468 pp.
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