Synopses & Reviews
The World of the Shining Prince, Ivan Morris's widely acclaimed portrait of the ceremonious, inbred, melancholy world of ancient Japan, has been a standard in cultural studies for nearly thirty years. Using as a frame of reference The Tale of Genji and other major literary works from Japan's Heian period, Morris recreates an era when woman set the cultural tone. Focusing on the world of the emperor's court-the world so admired by Virginia Woolf and others-he describes the politics, society, religious life, and superstitions of the times, providing detailed portrayals of the daily life of courtiers, the cult of beauty they espoused, and the intricate relations between the men and women of this milieu.
"Morris's classic was first published in 1964." -Publishers Weekly
"A thoughtful scholar's reconstruction...a book which should delight anyone interested in Japan."-The New York Times Book Review
"I cannot think of another work, born in academia, that can so justifiable be described as 'enthralling'." -Barbara Ruch, Professor of Japanese Literature and Culture, Columbia
Includes bibliographical references (p. -324) and index.
About the Author
IVAN MORRIS wrote widely on Japan's ancient culture and modern politics, and translated many works from classical and contemporary literature. His books include The Mobility of Failure
and translations of Mishima's Temple of the Golden Pavilion
and The Pillow Book
of Sei Shonagon. He died in 1976.