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The Kagero Diary: A Woman's Autobiographical Text from Tenth-century... Summary
Edward Seidensticker

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The Kagero Diary: A Woman's Autobiographical Text from Tenth-century... Summary

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"The Kagero Diary," is the autobiographical recordings of a Japanese woman from the tenth century. The book is translated by Sonja Arntzen from the original diary by the unknown woman. The diary represents the Heian period (794-1185) of classical Japanese literature. The author, identified only as Michitsuna's Mother (Michitsuna being the author's son), is recognized as a talented and artistic writer and poet. The woman writes about her life, with the greatest focus on her dysfunctional marriage to a man named Fujiwara Kaneie. Throughout the first two sections of the book, the misery that her disappointing marriage has caused her is the focal point of her entries and is poignantly obvious to those who read her words some one thousand years later.

The entries begin when the older Fujiwara first shows interest in the nineteen-year-old woman. She tells her father that he is not suitable for her but...

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