Tales of Ise (Paperback)

By Peter MacMillan (Translator), Peter MacMillan (Commentaries by), Donald Keene (Foreword by)

Penguin Books, 9780141392578, 416pp.

Publication Date: December 6, 2016



One of the three seminal works of Japanese literature a beautiful collection of poems and tales that offers an unparalleled insight into ancient Japan

Along with theTale of GenjiandOne Hundred Poets, One Poem Each, theTales of Iseis considered one of the three most important works of Japanese literature. A poem-tale collection from the early Heian period, it contains many stories of amorous adventures, faithful friendship, and travels in exile, framing the exquisite poems at the work's heart.
TheTales of Isehas influencedwaka, Noh, tales, and diaries since the time it was written, and is still the source of endless inspiration in novels, poetry, manga, and cartoons. This volume has been translated by Peter MacMillan and includes a preface by the renowned Japanologist Donald Keene.
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

About the Author

Peter Macmillan (translator) is an artist, poet, and translator who lives in Tokyo. His previous translations include the seminal Japanese text One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each.