Murasaki Shikibu Quotes (4 quotes)
“Thus anything whatsoever may become the subject of a novel, provided only that it happens in this mundane life and not in some fairyland beyond our human ken.”
The Tale of Genji pt. 3, Chapter 7 (translated by Arthur Waley)
A Woman of No Importance (1893)
No. 9, st. 7. - Last Poems (1922)
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Bio: Murasaki Shikibu was a Japanese novelist, poet and lady-in-waiting at the Imperial court during the Heian period. She is best known as the author of The Tale of Genji, written in Japanese between about 1000 and 1012. Murasaki Shikibu is a nickname; her real name is unknown, but she may have been Fujiwara Takako, who was mentioned in a 1007 court diary as an imperial lady-in-waiting.