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Seidensticker, Edward 1921-2007

Works: 173 works in 953 publications in 10 languages and 15,777 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Biography  Juvenile works  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Diaries  Dictionaries  Terms and phrases  Love stories  Short stories, Japanese 
Roles: Author, Translator, Author of introduction, Editor, Other, tra, Creator
Classifications: PL832.A9, 895.634
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Most widely held works by Edward Seidensticker
Japan by Edward Seidensticker( Book )

69 editions published between 1961 and 1973 in 10 languages and held by 1,785 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Text and photographs present the land and people of modern Japan as affected by their past and outside forces
Snow country ; and, Thousand cranes : the Nobel Prize edition of two novels by Yasunari Kawabata( Book )

46 editions published between 1956 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,547 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
Low city, high city : Tokyo from Edo to the earthquake by Edward Seidensticker( Book )

35 editions published between 1973 and 1991 in English and held by 1,270 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 tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu( Book )

65 editions published between 1976 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,166 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
The sound of the mountain by Yasunari Kawabata( Book )

29 editions published between 1964 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 1,092 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"By day Ogata Shingo, an elderly Tokyo businessman, is troubled by small failures of memory. At night he associates the distant rumble he hears from the nearby mountain with the sounds of death. In between are the complex relationships that were once the foundations of Shingo's life: his trying wife; his philandering son; and his beautiful daughter-in-law, who inspires in him both pity and the stirrings of desire. Out of this translucent web of attachments, Kawabata has crafted a novel that is a powerful, serenely observed meditation on the relentless march of time." -- Publisher's description
The master of go by Yasunari Kawabata( Book )

22 editions published between 1972 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,090 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Go is a game of strategy in which two players attempt to surround each other's black or white stones. Simple in its fundamentals, infinitely complex in its execution, Go is an essential expression of the Japanese spirit. And in his fictional chronicle of a match played between a revered and heretofore invincible Master and a younger, more modern challenger, Yasunari Kawabata captured the moment in which the immutable traditions of imperial Japan met the onslaught of the twentieth century. The competition between the Master of Go and his opponent, Otaké, is waged over several months and layered in ceremony. But beneath the game's decorum lie tensions that consume not only the players themselves but their families and retainers--tensions that turn this particular contest into a duel that can only end in death." -- Publisher's description
Kafū the Scribbler : the life and writings of Nagai Kafū, 1879-1959 by Edward Seidensticker( Book )

35 editions published between 1965 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 939 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 896 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

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

"This remarkably frank autobiographical diary and personal confession attempts to describe a difficult relationship as it 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 (and unnamed) 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, The Gossamer Years is an important example of the development of Heian literature, which, at its best, represents an extraordinary flowering of realistic expression, an attempt, unique for its age, to treat the human condition with frankness and honesty. A timeless and intimate glimpse into the culture of ancient Japan, this translation by Edward Seidensticker paints a revealing picture of married life in the Heian period." -- Publisher's description
Thousand cranes by Yasunari Kawabata( Book )

34 editions published between 1958 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 389 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
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 337 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Makioka sisters by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki( Book )

42 editions published between 1957 and 2012 in English and Japanese and held by 337 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
The house of the sleeping beauties and other stories by Yasunari Kawabata( Book )

24 editions published between 1969 and 2004 in English and held by 273 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 258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The story of the Heike was compiled from a collection of oral stories recited by traveling monks who chanted to the accompaniment of the biwa, an instrument reminiscent of the lute. The most widely read version of the Heike monogatari was compiled by a blind monk named Kakuichi in 1371. The Heike is considered one of the great classics of medieval Japanese literature. The central theme of the story is the Buddhist law of impermanence. The theme of impermanence (mujō) is captured in the famous opening passage, The fall of the powerful Taira - the samurai clan who defeated the imperial-backed Minamoto in 1161-symbolizes the theme of impermanence in the Heike. The Taira warrior family sowed the seeds of their own destruction with acts of arrogance and pride that led to their defeat in 1185 at the hands of the revitalized Minamoto. The story is episodic in nature and designed to be told in a series of nightly installments. It is primarily a samurai epic focusing on warrior culture - an ideology that ultimately laid the groundwork for bushido (the way of the warrior). The Heike also includes a number of love stories, which harkens back to earlier Heian literature." --
Some prefer nettles by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki( Book )

24 editions published between 1955 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 231 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 )

14 editions published between 1974 and 2002 in English and held by 224 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

Saishin Nichi-Bei kōgo jiten = Modern colloquialisms revised Japanese-English by Edward Seidensticker( Book )

19 editions published between 1977 and 1991 in Japanese and English and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A strange tale from east of the river and other stories by Kafū Nagai( Book )

10 editions published between 1965 and 2000 in English and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

10 short stories set in Tokyo just before and after the Second World War. Reprinted from Kafu the scribbler : the life and writings of Nagai Kafu, 1879-1959
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 74 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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Audience level: 0.36 (from 0.20 for Japan / ... to 1.00 for E.G. Seide ...)

Snow country ; and, Thousand cranes : the Nobel Prize edition of two novels
Alternative Names
Edward G. Seidensticker

Edward Seidensticker American japanologist

Edward Seidensticker Amerikaans vertaler (1921-2007)

Saidenstekkā, E. G.

Saidenstekkā, E. G 1921-2007

Saidenstekkā, 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

Seidensticker Edward George 1921-2007

Seidensticker, Edward M. 1921-2007

사이덴스티커, 에드워드 1921-2007


サイデンステッカー, E

サイデンステッカー, E. 1921-2007

サイデンステッカー, E. G

サイデンステッカー, E. G. 1921-2007

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 1921-2007

サイデンステッカー, エドワード・G

サイデンステッカー, エドワード・G. 1921-2007

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French (10)

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Low city, high city : Tokyo from Edo to the earthquakeThe tale of GenjiThe sound of the mountainThe master of goTokyo rising : the city since the great earthquakeThe gossamer years : the diary of a noblewoman of Heian JapanThousand cranesModern Japanese stories, an anthology = [Gendai Nihon tanpenshū]