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Seidensticker, Edward 1921-2007

Works: 174 works in 924 publications in 10 languages and 15,671 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Biography  Juvenile works  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Diaries  Love stories  Short stories, Japanese  Case studies  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Translator, Author of introduction, Editor, Other, Creator
Classifications: PL832.A9, 895.634
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Most widely held works about Edward Seidensticker
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Most widely held works by Edward Seidensticker
Japan by Edward Seidensticker( Book )

65 editions published between 1961 and 1973 in 9 languages and held by 1,790 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Text and photographs present the land and people of modern Japan as affected by their past and outside forces
Low city, high city : Tokyo from Edo to the earthquake by Edward Seidensticker( Book )

32 editions published between 1973 and 1991 in English and held by 1,275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a cultural history of Toyko, tracing transformations and preservations and East-West collisions, from the Meiji Restoration of 1867 to the Earthquake of 1923
The sound of the mountain by Yasunari Kawabata( Book )

28 editions published between 1964 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 1,102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

T anxieties and desires of an old amn, Shingo, who lives with his family in a suburb of Tokyo are shown. He hears "the sound of the mountain", the faint rumble in the hills that is a muffled hint of unknown occurrences and a foreboding of death. The affection he feels for his daughter-in-law, the increasing tensions of his relations with his wife, son and daughter are also muffled, yet disturbingly powerful
The master of go by Yasunari Kawabata( Book )

21 editions published between 1972 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,095 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Symbolic novel reporting a match of the Japanese game of go
Snow country ; and, Thousand cranes : the Nobel Prize edition of two novels by Yasunari Kawabata( Book )

6 editions published between 1969 and 1978 in English and held by 945 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book presents English translations of two short novels by the 1968 recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Snow Mountain is a nuanced love story involving a discouraged urbanite (Shimamura) and a rural geisha (Komako). Shimamura is tired of the bustling city. He takes the train through the snow to the mountains of the west coast of Japan, to meet with a geisha he believes he loves. Beautiful and innocent, Komako is tightly bound by the rules of a rural geisha, and lives a life of servitude and seclusion that is alien to Shimamura, and their love offers no freedom to either of them. Thousand Cranes is another love story. This melancholy tale uses the classical tea ceremony as a background for the story of a young man's relationships to two women, his father's former mistress and her daughter
Kafū the Scribbler : the life and writings of Nagai Kafū, 1879-1959 by Edward Seidensticker( Book )

33 editions published between 1965 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 929 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tokyo rising : the city since the great earthquake by Edward Seidensticker( Book )

15 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 899 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The gossamer years; the diary of a noblewoman of Heian, Japan by Michitsuna no Haha( Book )

31 editions published between 1964 and 2011 in English and held by 773 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This frank autobiographical diary reveals two tempestuous decades of the author's unhappy marriage and her growing indignation at rival wives and mistresses. Too impetuous to be satisfied as a subsidiary wife, this beautiful noblewoman of the Heian dynasty protests the marriage system of her time in one of Japanese literature's earliest attempts to portray difficult elements of the predominant social hierarchy. A classic work of early Japanese prose."--Cover
The tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu( Book )

36 editions published between 1976 and 2007 in English and held by 667 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Tale of Genji is one of the world's earliest novels, written in the 11th century. The novel's plot centers on the romantic relationships of the noble hero Genji
Snow country by Yasunari Kawabata( Book )

50 editions published between 1956 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 663 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With the brushstroke suggestiveness and astonishing grasp of motive that won him the Nobel Prize for Literature, Yasunari Kawabata tells a story of wasted love set amid the desolate beauty of western Japan, the snowiest region on earth. It is there, at an isolated mountain hotspring, that the wealthy sophisticate Shimamura meets the geisha Komako, who gives herself to him without regrets, knowing that their passion cannot last. Shimamura is a dilettante of the feelings; Komako has staked her life on them. Their affair can have only one outcome. Yet, in chronicling its doomed course, one of Japan's greatest modern writers creates a novel dense in implication and exalting in its sadness
The tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu( Book )

13 editions published between 1992 and 2000 in English and held by 438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the early eleventh century Murasaki Shikibu, a lady in the Heian court of Japan, wrote what many consider to be the world's first novel, more than three centuries before Chaucer. The Heian era (794-1185) is recognized as one of the very greatest periods in Japanese literature, and The Tale of Genji is not only the unquestioned prose masterpiece of that period but also the most lively and absorbing account we have of the intricate, exquisite, highly ordered court culture that made such a masterpiece possible. Genji is the favorite son of the emperor but also a man of dangerously passionate impulses. In his highly refined world, where every dalliance is an act of political consequence, his shifting alliances and secret love affairs create great turmoil and very nearly destroy him. Edward Seidensticker's translation of Lady Murasaki's splendid romance has been honored throughout the English-speaking world for its fluency, scholarly depth, and deep literary tact and sensitivity". --Book Jacket
Thousand cranes by Yasunari Kawabata( Book )

30 editions published between 1958 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young man is involved briefly with the two mistresses of his dead father and with the daughter of one of them. In these limited relationships, the limitless human capacity for inertia and illusion is suggested and the infinite strange combinations of human joy and suffering
The Makioka sisters by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki( Book )

44 editions published between 1957 and 2012 in English and Japanese and held by 340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Osaka in the years immediately before World War II, four aristocratic women try to preserve a way of life that is vanishing. The story of these women, the Makioka sisters, forms what is arguably the greatest Japanese novel of the twentieth century, a poignant yet unsparing portrait of a family--and an entire society--sliding into the abyss of modernity. Tsuruko, the eldest sister, clings obstinately to the prestige of her family name even as her husband prepares to move their household to Tokyo, where that name means nothing. Sachiko compromises valiantly to secure the future of her younger sisters. The unmarried Yukiko is a hostage to her family's exacting standards, while the spirited Taeko rebels by flinging herself into scandalous romantic alliances. The resulting novel is filled with vignettes of upper-class Japanese life, capturing both the decorum and the heartache of its protagonists
Modern Japanese stories, an anthology = [Gendai Nihon tanpenshū] by Ivan I Morris( Book )

20 editions published between 1962 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The house of the sleeping beauties and other stories by Yasunari Kawabata( Book )

23 editions published between 1969 and 2004 in English and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After the death of his wife, a man learns of a secret establishment where men can spend an entire night in bed alongside a beautiful woman who never awakens. Distressed about the reason for their deep sleep, he decides to explore the mystery of the sleeping beauties
The tale of the Heike = Heike monogatari by Heike monogatari( Book )

3 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Tale of the Heike is one of the masterworks of Japanese literature, ranking with The Tale of Genji in quality and prestige. Familiar in Japan for generations, first through oral narration and later through the printed page, this fourteenth-century reworking of traditional materials tells the story of the decline and final military defeat of the mighty house of Taira, reporting battlefield exploits in vivid detail, chronicling the fates of high-born ladies and other helpless victims of the times with delicate lyricism, and introducing humorous passages to leaven the comberness of the theme articulated in its famous opening lines: 'The sound of the Gion Shoja bells color of the sala flowers reveals the truth that the prosperous must decline. The proud do not endure, thay are like a dream on a spring night; the mighty fall at last, they are as dust before the wind.' The translation is not only far more readable than earlier ones, it is also much more faithful to the content and style of the original, especially in preserving the evidence of oral narration. Intended for the general audience as well as the specialist, this edition is lightly annotated, but includes three appendixes that give background information, a chronology, and an evaluation of the Heike as literature. There is also a glossary of persons, places, and terms. Illustrations consist of a color frontispiece, about fifteen prints from fourteenth- and fifteenth-century manuscripts, and two maps. --publisher description
Some prefer nettles by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki( Book )

27 editions published between 1955 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel of Japanese life, showing the old and the new ways
The decay of the angel by Yukio Mishima( Book )

13 editions published between 1974 and 2002 in English and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During the last years of his life, Honda adopts an orphaned boy and teaches him about Japanese society and tradition
New leaves : studies and translations of Japanese literature in honor of Edward Seidensticker by Aileen Patricia Gatten( Book )

8 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tokyo from Edo to Showa 1867-1989 : the emergence of the world's greatest city by Edward Seidensticker( Book )

8 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Edward Seidensticker's Tokyo: From Edo to Showa, available here for the first time in a single volume, tells the story of Tokyo's transformation from the Shogun's capital in an isolated Japan to one of the most renowned modern cities in the world. With the same scholarship and style that won him admiration as one of the premier translators of Japanese literature, he offers the reader his own brilliant picture of a whole society suddenly emerging into the modern world. By turns elegiac and funny, reflective and crisp, Tokyo: From Edo to Showa is an important cultural history of Asia's greatest
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Alternative Names
Edward G. Seidensticker

Edward Seidensticker American japanologist

Saidenstekkā, E. G 1921-2007

Saidenstekka„, E. G., 1921-2007

Saidensutekkā, Edowādo G. 1921-2007

Seidensticker, E. 1921-2007

Seidensticker, E.G.

Seidensticker, E.G. 1921-2007

Seidensticker, E. G. (Edward G.), 1921-2007

Seidensticker, E. G. (Edward George), 1921-2007

Seidensticker, Edward 1921-2007

Seidensticker, Edward G.

Seidensticker, Edward G. 1921-

Seidensticker Edward G. 1921-2007

Seidensticker Edward George 1921-2007

Seidensticker, Edward M. 1921-2007


サイデンステッカー, E

サイデンステッカー, E. G

サイデンステッカー, エドワード

サイデンステッカー, エドワード・G

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The sound of the mountainThe master of goTokyo rising : the city since the great earthquakeThe gossamer years; the diary of a noblewoman of Heian, JapanThe tale of GenjiSnow countryThe tale of GenjiThousand cranes