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Cover of: Genji monogatari | Murasaki Shikibu
About the Book

The most famous work of Japanese literature and the world's first novel—written a thousand years ago and one of the enduring classics of world literature.

Written centuries before the time of Shakespeare and even Chaucer, The Tale of Genji marks the birth of the novel—and after more than a millennium, this seminal work continues to enchant readers throughout the world. Lady Murasaki Shikibu and her tale's hero, Prince Genji, have had an unmatched influence on Japanese culture. Prince Genji manifests what was to become an image of the ideal Heian era courtier; gentle and passionate. Genji is also a master poet, dancer, musician and painter. The Tale of Genji follows Prince Genji through his many loves, and varied passions. This book has influenced not only generations of courtiers and samurai of the distant past, but artists and painters even in modern times—episodes in the tale have been incorporated into the design of kimonos and handicrafts, and the four-line poems called waka which dance throughout this work have earned it a place as a classic text in the study of poetry.

This version by Kencho Suematsu was the first-ever translation in English. Condensed, it's a quarter length of the unabridged text, making it perfect for readers with limited time.

"Not speaking is the wiser part,
And words are sometimes vain,
But to completely close the heart
In silence, gives me pain.

—Prince Genji, in The Tale of Genji

About the Author: 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.

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121 editions First published in 1900

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The tale of Genji: a novel in six parts
2010, Tuttle Pub.
in English
Cover of: The Tale of Genji
The Tale of Genji
2010, Penguin Group UK
Electronic resource in English
Cover of: The Tale of Genji
The Tale of Genji
2009, Penguin USA, Inc.
Electronic resource in English
Cover of: Yuan shi wu yu
Yuan shi wu yu
2006, Beijing yan shan chu ban she
in Chinese - 880-03 Di 1 ban.
Cover of: The tale of Genji
The tale of Genji
2006, Knopf
in English
Cover of: The tale of Genji
The tale of Genji: abridged
2006, Penguin Books
in English
Cover of: Tale of Genji (Tuttle Classics)
Tale of Genji (Tuttle Classics)
November 30, 2006, Tuttle Publishing
Paperback in English
Cover of: Yuan shi wu yu tu dian
Yuan shi wu yu tu dian
2005, Shanghai san lian shu dian
in Chinese - 880-04 Di 1 ban.
Cover of: The tale of genji
The tale of genji
2003, Penguin Books
in English
Cover of: The Tale of Genji
The Tale of Genji: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
November 26, 2002, Penguin Classics
in English
Cover of: The Tale of Genji
The Tale of Genji: Scenes from the Worlds First Novel (Illustrated Japanese Classics)
January 22, 2002, Kodansha International
Paperback in English
Cover of: Asagao
Asagao: Otome
2002, Shintensha
in Japanese - 880-05 Shohan.
Cover of: Yosano Akiko no shinyaku Genji monogatari
Yosano Akiko no shinyaku Genji monogatari
2001, Kadokawa Shoten
in Japanese
Cover of: The Tale of Genji (Penguin Classics)
The Tale of Genji (Penguin Classics)
October 11, 2001, Viking Adult
Hardcover in English - New Ed edition
Cover of: Genji di kahani
Cover of: The Tale of Genji (Tuttle Classics)
The Tale of Genji (Tuttle Classics)
November 2000, Tuttle Publishing
Paperback in English - [Paperback ed.] edition
Cover of: Yuan shi wu yu
Yuan shi wu yu
2000, Hong fan shu dian you xian gong si
in Chinese - 880-04 Chu ban.
Cover of: Genji monogatari
Genji monogatari
1996, Kōdansha
in Japanese
Cover of: Genji monogatari
Genji monogatari
1994, Shōgakkan
in Japanese - Dai 1-han
Cover of: The tale of Genji
The tale of Genji: a novel in six parts
1993, Modern Library
in English
Cover of: The tale of Genji
The tale of Genji
1993, Modern Library
in English - 1993 Modern Library ed.
Cover of: The Tale of Genji (Everyman's Library Classics)
The Tale of Genji (Everyman's Library Classics)
December 17, 1992, Everyman's Library
Hardcover - New Ed edition
Cover of: The tale of Genji
The tale of Genji
1992, Knopf
in English
Cover of: Povestʹ o Gėndzi =
Povestʹ o Gėndzi =: Gėndzi monogatari : v 4-kh knigakh
1991, "Nauka," Glav. red. vostochnoĭ lit-ry
in Russian
Cover of: Genji monogatari
Genji monogatari: Fushimi Tennō-bon eiin
1991, Koten Bunko
in Japanese
Cover of: The Tale of Genji
The Tale of Genji
June 16, 1990, Vintage
Paperback in English
Cover of: The tale of Genji
The tale of Genji
1989, Knopf
in English
Cover of: The tale of Genji
The tale of Genji
1987, Tuttle
in English - 9th printing. --
Cover of: Yuan shi wu yu
Yuan shi wu yu
1987, Yuan jing chu ban shi ye gong si
in Chinese
Cover of: The tale of Genji
The tale of Genji
1985, Vintage Books
in English - 1st Vintage Books ed.
Cover of: Shinsen Genji monogatari gojūyonjō
Shinsen Genji monogatari gojūyonjō
1985, Izumi Shoin
in Japanese - 880-04 Shohan.
Cover of: Hahakigi
Hahakigi
1984, Shintensha
in Japanese - 880-04 2-han.
Cover of: Genji monogatari taisei
Genji monogatari taisei
1984, Chūō Kōronsha
in Japanese
Cover of: Genji monogatari
Genji monogatari
1983, Shōgakkan, Shōwa 58-<61 > [1983-<1985-86 >]
in Japanese
Cover of: Miotsukushi ; Yomogiu ; Sekiya
Miotsukushi ; Yomogiu ; Sekiya
1983, Shintensha
in Japanese - 880-04 Shohan.
Cover of: The tale of Genji.
The tale of Genji.
1983, Franklin Library
in English - A limited ed.
Cover of: Miotsukushi ; Yomogiu ; Sekiya
Miotsukushi ; Yomogiu ; Sekiya
1983, Shintensha
in Japanese - Shohan.
Cover of: Utsusemi ; Yūgao
Utsusemi ; Yūgao
1982, Shintensha
in Japanese - 880-04 2-han.
Cover of: The tale of Genji
The tale of Genji
1981, Knopf
in English
Cover of: Genji monogatari
Genji monogatari
1979, Gakushū Kenkyūsha
in Japanese
Cover of: Jun'ichirō yaku Genji monogatari
Jun'ichirō yaku Genji monogatari
1979, Chūō Kōronsha, Shōwa 54-55 [1979-1980]
in Japanese - 880-04 Shohan.
Cover of: Le Dit du Genji
Le Dit du Genji
1978, Publications orientalistes de France
in French - 2. éd.
Cover of: Genji monogatari
Genji monogatari
1978, Shōgakkan
in Japanese - 880-04 Dai 4-5; 9-han.
Cover of: Genji monogatari
Genji monogatari: Hahakigi Utsusemi
1978, Kasama Shoin
in Japanese
Cover of: The tale of Genji
The tale of Genji
1978, Knopf
in English - 1st paperback ed.
Cover of: The tale of Genji
The tale of Genji
1978, Tuttle
in English
Cover of: The tale of Genji
The tale of Genji
1978, Tuttle
in English
Cover of: The tale of Genji
The tale of Genji
1978, Knopf
in English - 1st pbk. ed.
Cover of: Genji monogatari
Genji monogatari: Ono Rikizō yaku.
1978, Furukawa Shobō
in Japanese
Cover of: Kashiwagi
Kashiwagi
1977, Shintensha
in Japanese
Cover of: Genji monogatari
Genji monogatari: Bishū Ke Kawachi-bon
1977, Musashino Shoin
in Japanese
Cover of: The tale of Genji
The tale of Genji
1976, Secker and Warburg
in English
Cover of: Genji monogatari
Genji monogatari
1976, Shinchōsha
in Japanese
Cover of: The tale of Genji
The tale of Genji
1976, Knopf
in English - 1st ed.
Cover of: Genji monogatari
Genji monogatari: Hombunhen
1975, Ōfūsha
in Japanese
Cover of: Genji monogatari
Genji monogatari: Gendaigoyaku
1974, Ōfūsha
in Japanese
Cover of: Kiritsubo
Kiritsubo
1974, Shintensha
in Japanese
Cover of: Genji monogatari.
Genji monogatari.
1974, C. E. Tuttle
in English
Cover of: The tale of Genji
The tale of Genji: a novel in six parts.
1973, Allen & Unwin
in English
Cover of: Genji monogatari
Genji monogatari
1973, Kaiseisha
in Japanese
Cover of: The tale of Genji
The tale of Genji: a novel in six parts
1973, Allen and Unwin
in English
Cover of: The tale of Genji
The tale of Genji: a novel in six parts.
1973, Allen & Unwin
in English
Cover of: Genji monogatari.
Genji monogatari.
1972, Kadokawa Shoten
in Japanese
Cover of: Genji monogatari
Genji monogatari
1971, Shakai Shisō Sha
in Japanese
Cover of: The tale of Genji
The tale of Genji: a novel in six parts
1971, C.E. Tuttle
in English
Cover of: Genji monogatari
Genji monogatari
1971, Kadokawa Shoten
in Japanese
Cover of: Genji monogatari
Genji monogatari
1971, Kasama Shoin
in Japanese
Cover of: Genji monogatari
Genji monogatari
1971, Kawade Shobō Shinsha
in Japanese
Cover of: Genji monogatari
Genji monogatari
1970, Shōgakkan
in Japanese
Cover of: The tale of Genji
The tale of Genji
1970, C. E. Tuttle Co.
in English - [1st Tuttle ed.]
Cover of: Genji monogatari
Genji monogatari
1969, Kawade Shobō Shinsha
in Japanese
Cover of: The Tale of Genji (Mandala Books)
The Tale of Genji (Mandala Books)
December 1967, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Paperback in English
Cover of: Genji monogatari
Genji monogatari
1967, Kawade Shobo
in Japanese
Cover of: The Tale of Genji (Mandala Books)
The Tale of Genji (Mandala Books)
December 1967, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
in English
Cover of: Genji-monogatari =
Cover of: Genji monogatari
Genji monogatari
1966, Iwanami Shoten
in Japanese
Cover of: Genji monogatari.
Genji monogatari.
1966, Nihon Daigaku Toshokan
in Japanese
Cover of: Genji monogatari
Genji monogatari
1965, Popurasha
in Japanese
Cover of: The tale of Genji
The tale of Genji: a novel in six parts
1965, Allen & Unwin
in English
Cover of: Genji monogatari
Genji monogatari
1961, Chikuma Shobō
in Japanese
Cover of: The tale of Genji
The tale of Genji: a novel in six parts
1960, Modern Library
in English
Cover of: The tale of Genji
The tale of Genji: a novel in six parts
1960, Modern Library
in English
Cover of: The sacred tree
Cover of: Genji monogatari
Genji monogatari
1958, Iwanami Shoten
in Japanese
Cover of: The tale of Genji
Cover of: The tale of Genji.
The tale of Genji.
1955, Doubleday
in English
Cover of: The tale of Genji
The tale of Genji: a novel in six parts
1952, G. Allen & Unwin
in English
Cover of: Genji monogatari
Genji monogatari: zen'yaku
1952, Mikasa Shobō
in Japanese
Cover of: Genji monogatari
Genji monogatari
1946, Asahi Shimbun Sha
in Japanese
Cover of: Genji monogatari
Genji monogatari
1946, Asahi Shimbun Sha
Microform in Japanese
Cover of: Genji monogatari
Genji monogatari
1939, Chūō Kōrom
in Japanese
Cover of: Genji monogatari
Genji monogatari
1938, Nihon Hyōron Sha
in Japanese
Cover of: The tale of Genji
The tale of Genji: a novel.
1936, Houghton Mifflin
in English
Cover of: The tale of Genji
The tale of Genji: a novel in six parts
1935, Houghton Mifflin company
in English
Cover of: The tale of Genji
The tale of Genji: a novel in six parts
1935, Houghton Mifflin
in English
Cover of: The tale of Genji
The tale of Genji: a novel in six parts
1935, George Allen & Unwin
in English
Cover of: The tale of Genji
Cover of: The tale of Genji
The tale of Genji: a novel in four parts
1935, The Literary Guild
in English
Cover of: The tale of Genji
The tale of Genji: a novel in four parts
1935, The Literary Guild
in English
Cover of: The tale of Genji
The tale of Genji: a novel in four parts
1935, The Literary Guild
in English
Cover of: The tale of Genji
The tale of Genji: a novel in six parts
1935, Allen & Unwin
in English
Cover of: Genji monogatari
Genji monogatari
1928, Yūhōdō
in Japanese
Cover of: Genji monogatari
Genji monogatari
1928, Yhd
in Japanese
Cover of: Tale of Genji
Tale of Genji
1927, G. Allen
in English
Cover of: The sacred tree
The sacred tree
1926, Houghton Mifflin Company
in English
Cover of: The sacred tree
Cover of: The sacred tree
Cover of: Genji monogatari
Genji monogatari
1926, Nihon Koten Zenshu Kankokai
in Japanese
Cover of: The tale of Genji
The tale of Genji
1926, Houghton Mifflin Company
in English
Cover of: The tale of Genji
The tale of Genji
1926, Houghton Mifflin Company
in English
Cover of: The tale of Genji
The tale of Genji
1925, Houghton Mifflin Company
in English
Cover of: The tale of Genji
The tale of Genji
1925, George Allen & Unwin Ltd.
in English
Cover of: The tale of Genji
The tale of Genji
1925, Houghton Mifflin Company
in English
Cover of: The tale of Genji
The tale of Genji
1925, Allen & Unwin
in English
Cover of: The tale of Genji
The tale of Genji
1925, G. Allen & Unwin, Houghton Mifflin
in English
Cover of: Genji monogatari.
Genji monogatari.
1917, Yūhōdō
in Japanese
Cover of: Genji monogatari
Genji monogatari
1900, Chūō Kōronsha
in Japanese
Cover of: Tamakazura ; Hatsune (Eiin kochu koten sosho)
Tamakazura ; Hatsune (Eiin kochu koten sosho)
Publish date unknown, Shintensha
Unknown Binding in Japanese - Shohan edition
Cover of: Genji monogatari
Genji monogatari: the romance of Genji
Publish date unknown, San Kaku Sha
in English - Reprinted ed.
Cover of: Hashihime ; Shiigamoto (Eiin kochu koten sosho)
Hashihime ; Shiigamoto (Eiin kochu koten sosho)
Publish date unknown, Shintensha
Unknown Binding in Japanese - Shohan edition
Cover of: The tale of Genji
The tale of Genji: a novel in six parts
Publish date unknown, Houghton Mifflin company
in English

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