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Shikibu Murasaki (973–1031)

Baroness Murasaki was a Japanese writer and court figure. She wrote the celebrated romantic novel Genji-monogatari (The Tale of Genji, completed a.d. 1003), one of the first great Japanese works of fiction, and considered to be one of the world's earliest novels. Genji traces the lives of the fictional Prince Genji, his wives and their children, ... See full bio »


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(age 58) in Japan

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Known For

Genji monogatari
O Desejado
O Desejado Writer


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 2011 Genji monogatari: Sennen no nazo (original story)
 1991 Genji monogatari (TV Series) (based upon the novel)
 1987 Princess from the Moon (based on novel "Taketori Monogatari")
 1987 O Desejado (novel "Romance de Genji")
 1980 Genji monogatari (TV Movie) (novel)
 1966 Genji monogatari (segment "Tale of the Genji")
 1961 Shin Genji monogatari (segment "Tale of the Genji")
 1951 Genji monogatari (segment "Tale of the Genji")

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Other Works:

Novel: "The Tale of Genji."

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Alternate Names:

Lady Murasaki

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Shikibu Murasaki is not her real name, which is unknown. "Shikibu" was a government title that her father held at one point, while "Murasaki" was the name given to one of the characters in her work, "The Tale of Genji". See more »

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