The Life of an Amorous Woman and Other Writings
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Life of an Amorous Woman and Other Writings by Saikaku Ihara
Book DescriptionOne of the great fiction writers of Japan, Ihara Saikaku (1623-93) wrote of the lowest class in the Tokugawa world-the townsmen who were rising in wealth and power but not in official status. The title story in this collection of 12 works, told by an again beauty whose highly erotic nature is her constant undoing, ranges over all of 17th century Japanese life. The narrator is successively wife, court lady, courtesan, priest's concubine, mistress of a feudal lord and streetwalker. Ivan Morris, chairman of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures of Columbia University has done a brilliant translation, an introduction, extensive notes, bibliography and two essays on social customs of the period.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780811201872
(203mm x 132mm x 30mm)
Imprint: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date: 1-Feb-1969
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Saikaku Ihara
Comrade Loves of the Samurai, Paperback (April 2007)
Ihari Saikakku (1642-93) was one of the most illustrious writers of Japan's 17th century literary revival. Money and love predominates in most of his stories. This volume includes a collection of geisha folk songs which were composed to be sung to the accompaniment of the shamisen. They express the feelings of the geisha towards their listeners.
Five Women Who Loved Love, Paperback (December 1997)
First published in 1686, Five Women Who Loved Love was an immediate bestseller in the bawdy, life-loving world that was Genroku Japan.
Great Mirror of Male Love, Paperback (January 1990)» View all books by Saikaku Ihara
Stories of homosexual love affairs between samurai men and boys and between young kabuki actors and their patrons held broad appeal in pre-modern Japanese culture. An independent popular writer, Saikaku wrote "Nanshoku Okagami" in 1687 with the intention of extending his readership.
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Author Biography - Saikaku Ihara
Ivan Ira Esme Morris (b. 1925 - d. 1976) was a British author, translator, editor, and teacher in the field of Japanese Studies.
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