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Early Modern Japanese Literature: An Anthology, 1600-1900

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This is the first anthology ever devoted to early modern Japanese literature, spanning the period from 1600 to 1900, known variously as the Edo or the Tokugawa, one of the most creative epochs of Japanese culture. This anthology, which will be of vital interest to anyone involved in this era, includes not only fiction, poetry, and drama, but also essays, treatises, literar ...more
Paperback, 1392 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Columbia University Press (first published July 3rd 2002)
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Kaila
I found it. I found the thing in this book that just thinking about it makes me cry.

"This world of dew is
a world of dew, and yet--
and yet..."
-Issa

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Did not read the whole thing but read a good chunk of the 900 or so pages. A really comprehensive introduction to the literature of this period. Almost...too comprehensive. There was a LOT of text. Like every page was chock full of tiny font to fit as much text as possible, and it was still over 900 pages.

The above haiku is the best thing I
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Dec 15, 2014 Nora rated it it was amazing
Interesting, concise and easy to read introduction to all important aspects of Edo literature (also called the Tokugawa period). Translations of many works are included, with helpful introductions and mostly without notes. Highly recommended for anyone interested in this field, with or without previous knowledge.
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I'm not the most knowledgable when it comes to Japanese Lit, but these short stories were wonderful! Also, the illustrations accompanying the stories were absolutely phenomenal.
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Aug 25, 2011 David rated it really liked it
Fascinating review of three hundred years of Japanese literature. Fantastic translations and commentary.
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