This edition: The Tale of Genji
A portrait of court life in medieval Japan, following the life and exploits of the great Genji, this is the first known novel. It was written by Murasaki Shikibu, a lady of the Japanese court and a finely tuned observer of human nature. Art, clothing, music, and more from the time of the novel, as well as comments from a wide range of readers, bring the story to life. Featured speakers include author Jane Smiley and Japanese author Chiori Miyagawa.