Re: [SCA-JML] Japanese books
- Park McKellop wrote:
> How useful are these books? I picked them up pretty cheap so I'm not worried about the cost, just the info.Very good book; a soft intro to Heian life. Many professional academics have a less than superhigh opinion of
> The World of the Shining Prince: Court Life in Ancient Japan by Ivan Morris
the book, though, but I'm not one hundred percent sure why. I think it has something to do with the fact that
Morris was a respected academic and translator, and had the bad taste to write a "popular" (as opposed to
academic) book about Heian Japan that actually had legs in the non-academic market.
>Excellent. They are, of course, almost entirely primary sources (albeit translated), being all texts from
> Sources of Japanese Tradition, Vol.1&2 ed. by W.T. de Bary.
historical records, letters, diaries, documents, and so on.