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The Clear Mirror: A Chronicle of the Japanese Court During the Kamakura Period (1185-1333)

Perkins, George [Translator]

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ISBN 10: 0804729530 / ISBN 13: 9780804729536
Published by Stanford University Press, 1998
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Stanford University Press [Published Date: 1998]. Hard cover, 342 pp. First Edition. Very good in very good dust jacket. Yellow cloth covered boards with gold lettering on spine. Light bumping to edges and corners. Binding tight. Pages clean and unmarked. Dust jacket has a few tiny nicks and light creasing to edges. Light overall scuffing to jacket as well. Now in an archival quality Brodart cover. NOT Ex-Library. NO remainder marks. Bookseller Inventory # 20140115015

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Title: The Clear Mirror: A Chronicle of the ...

Publisher: Stanford University Press

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

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The Clear Mirror (Masukagami) is an account of Japanese history from 1185 to 1333 by an anonymous author, almost certainly a court noble writing around the third quarter of the fourteenth century. During this time, the military government at Kamakura controlled the country, maintaining the emperor with his court at Kyoto as symbolic head of state. Though the imperial court had little real power, it attempted to maintain as much of its former dignity and prestige as it could.

The Clear Mirror is at least semi-fictionalized, promoting a picture of a court healthier and more powerful than it really was. Moreover, the work sees the court as guardian of its own traditional arts and lifestyle, and thus provides not only a history of imperial succession and other events but also copious examples of poetic expressions and descriptions of courtly traditions and ceremonies. Because of its attempt to exemplify the best in the courtly prose tradition (it is noted for its imitation of the style of the masterpiece The Tale of Genji), the work has long been valued in Japan as much for its artistic literary contribution as for its historical significance. The present translation makes available to English readers the last significant work belonging to the genre of historical tales” (rekishi monogatari), another example of which is A Tale of Flowering Fortunes (translated by William and Helen Craig McCullough, Stanford, 1980).

The introduction provides a brief summary of the significant historical and political events of the period, together with a discussion of the significance of The Clear Mirror within the historical tales” tradition, and comments on the literary strengths and weaknesses of the work. A glossary identifies people and places mentioned in the text, and an appendix discusses details concerning the work’s authorship, possible dates of initial publication, and other matters relating to the original manuscript.

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This is a significant medieval Japanese historical text which has been largely untouched by Western scholarship until now. The translation is very important because it substantially rounds out the availability in English of major primary Japanese texts. The scholarship is excellent and the translation meticulously accurate.” Margaret Childs, University of Kansas

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