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Sei Shonagon (lesser councilor of state Sei), was a Japanese author, poet and a court lady who served the Empress Teishi (Sadako) around the year 1000 during the middle Heian period. She is the author of The Pillow Book.

Shonagon is also known for her rivalry with her contemporary, writer and court lady Murasaki Shikibu, author of The Tale of Genji who served the Empress Shoshi, second consort of the Emperor Ichijo. Murasaki Shikibu wrote about Shonagon - somewhat scathingly, though conceding Shonagon's literary gifts - in her diary, The Murasaki Shikibu Diary.

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Sei Shonagon (lesser councilor of state Sei), was a Japanese author, poet and a court lady who served the Empress Teishi (Sadako) around the year 1000 during the middle Heian period. She is the author of The Pillow Book.

Shonagon is also known for her rivalry with her contemporary, writer and court lady Murasaki Shikibu, author of The Tale of Genji who served the Empress Shoshi, second consort of the Emperor Ichijo. Murasaki Shikibu wrote about Shonagon - somewhat scathingly, though conceding Shonagon's literary gifts - in her diary, The Murasaki Shikibu Diary. More...

 
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  Murasaki Shikibu, Author of The Tale of Genji
Murasaki Shikibu (Lady Murasaki) (c.978c.1014 or 1025) was a Japanese novelist, poet and lady-in-waiting at the Imperial court during the Heian period. She is best known as the author of The Tale of Genji, written in Japanese between about 1000 and...
 
       
 
         
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