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Murasaki Shikibu

Lady Murasaki Shikibu (c. 973 or 978-c. 1014 or 1031 CE) was a member of the famed Fujiwara clan--one of the most influential families of the Heian period. Her literary ability quickly won her a place in the entourage of the Empress Akiko. After the death of her husband, Murasaki Shikibu immersed herself in Buddhism, and the religion's influences permeate her writing.