Tales Of Old Japan

Tales Of Old Japan

eBook - 2005
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First published in 1871, Tales of Old Japan has withstood the test of time and taken its place as one of the classic volumes of Japanese literature. The book presents a broad cross section of Japanese prose historical tales like the famous story of the Forty-seven Ronin; nonfiction reporting on marriage, funerals and the author's gory eyewitness account of hara-kiri; fairy tales and stories of superstition featuring vampire cats and magic foxes; even three sermons written by a priest belonging to the Shingaku sect, which professes to combine Buddhist, Confucian and Shinto teachings. The books thirty-three chapters cover practically every sector of Japanese life. Thirty-one reproductions of woodblock prints illustrate the various tales and essays. Author Robert Louis Stevenson cited Tales of Old Japan in his essay "Books Which Have Influenced Me." Over a hundred years have passed since Stevenson justly praised A. B. Mitford's book, but his work remains an important and fascinating sourcebook on Japan and the Japanese.
Publisher: [United States] : Tuttle Publishing : Made available through hoopla, 2005
ISBN: 9781462903337
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


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