Written centuries before the time of Shakespeare and Chaucer, The Tale of Genji
marks the birth of the novel — and after more than a millennium, this seminal work about the life and loves of Prince Genji, master poet, dancer, musician and painter, continues to enchant readers throughout the world. This version by Kencho Suematsu was the first-ever translation in English. Condensed, it's a quarter length of the unabridged text. Perfect for readers with limited time.
Lady Murasaki Shikibu, born in 978, was a member of the famed Fujiwara clan-one of the most influential families of the Heian period. After the death of her husband, Shikibu immersed herself in Buddhism, and the religion's influence permeates her writing.