"Twenty Classical Works"
From J. Thomas Rimer's
A Reader's Guide to Japanese Literature



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1. Kojiki A Record of Ancient Matters History, Myth, and Legend. Eighth Century

2. Man'yoshu The Anthology of Ten Thousand Leaves Poetry. Eighth Century

3. Kokinshu Collection of Old and New Japanese Poetry Poetry. Tenth Century

4. Ise monogatari Tales of Ise Prose and Poetry. Tenth Century

5. Genji monogatari Murasaki Shikibu, The Tale of Genji Novel. Eleventh Century

6. Sarashina nikki Lady Sarashina, As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams

Diary. Eleventh Century

7. Makura no soshi Sei Shonagon, The Pillow Book Literary Jottings. Eleventh Century

8. Konjaku monogatari Tales of Times Now Past Popular Tales. Twelfth Century

9. Saigyo, Poetry [Poetry. 1118-90]

10. Hojoki Kamo no Chomei, An Account of My Hut Literary Jottings. 1212

11. Tsurezuregusa Yoshida Kenko, Essays in Idleness Literary Jottings. Fourteenth Century

12. Heike monogatari The Tale of the Heike War Chronicle. Fourteenth Century

13. No Theater [Drama. Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries]

14. Koshoku gonin onna Ihara Saikaku, Five Women Who Loved Love Stories. 1686

15. Oku no hosomichi Matsuo Basho, The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Poetic Travel Diary. 1702

16. Shinju ten no amijima Chikamatsu Monzaemon, The Love Suicide at Amijima

Puppet Play. 1721

17. Chushingura Takeda, Miyoshi, Namiki, The Treasury of Loyal Retainers

Kabuki Play. 1748

18. Ugetsu monogatari Ueda Akinari, Tales of Moonlight and Rain Stories. 1776

19. Ryokan, Poetry [Poetry. 1758-1831]

20. Ora ga haru Kobayashi Issa, The Year of My Life Poetic Autobigraphy. 1819


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