The Tale of Genji: A Japanese Classic Illuminated

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By John T. Carpenter and Melissa McCormick with Monika Bincsik and Kyoko Kinoshita

With its vivid descriptions of imperial society, gardens, and architecture in early eleventh-century Japan, The Tale of Genji—often referred to as the world's first novel—has captivated audiences around the globe and inspired artistic traditions for a thousand years. Scenes from the tale adorn lavish screens, robes, lacquer boxes, incense burners, games, and even palanquins for transporting young brides to their new homes. This handsomely designed and profusely illustrated book introduces the outstanding art associated with Genji, while exploring the tale's wide-ranging influence on Japanese culture, design, and aesthetics into the modern era from Ukiyo-e to manga. Through discussions of more than one hundred works, this groundbreaking publication illuminates the classic tale's place within the history of Japanese literature and calligraphy. While highlighting key episodes and characters, the volume also raises issues related to the tale's female authorship and readership as well as to its Buddhist reception.

John T. Carpenter is Mary Griggs Burke Curator of Japanese Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Melissa McCormick is Professor of Japanese Art and Culture at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

By John T. Carpenter and Melissa McCormick with Monika Bincsik and Kyoko Kinoshita

With its vivid descriptions of imperial society, gardens, and architecture in early eleventh-century Japan, The Tale of Genji—often referred to as the world's first novel—has captivated audiences around the globe and inspired artistic traditions for a thousand years. Scenes from the tale adorn lavish screens, robes, lacquer boxes, incense burners, games, and even palanquins for transporting young brides to their new homes. This handsomely designed and profusely illustrated book introduces the outstanding art associated with Genji, while exploring the tale's wide-ranging influence on Japanese culture, design, and aesthetics into the modern era from Ukiyo-e to manga. Through discussions of more than...See More

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  • Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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  • Pages: 368
  • Illustrations: 304 in full color
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dimensions: 9 1/2'' x 11''
  • ISBN: 9781588396655
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"This expansive look into art inspired by the 11th-century Japanese novel The Tale of Genji examines everything from screen paintings to modern manga." 
      —Clare Swanson, Publishers Weekly

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tale of Genji This book is a work of art. The photography is excellent and it matches the episodes of Genji's life with beautiful illuminations. Having visited Japan, I felt very touched by the tales that depict the mores, the costumes and the traditions of the Heian Period. The illuminations add poetry to the tales. It is a work of not only visual art but very much also of words. I love it!
Date published: 2019-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing catalogue This is a real treasure-trove of historical information and wonderful images.
Date published: 2019-07-01
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