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Invitation to World Literature


Recommended Translations & Editions

EditionsAbout these Editions

Royall Tyler, The Tale of Genji, Penguin Classics, 2002.


This is our recommended text. The most complete version, with an extensive introduction and notes.

Arthur Waley, The Tale of Genji, Tuttle Publishing, 1933.


An elegant, somewhat loose, partially abridged early twentieth-century translation by the greatest Chinese and Japanese translator of his generation, more "novelistic" (and with much less poetry included) than later translations, but famous for its warm tone and meditative feel.

Edward Seidensticker, The Tale of Genji, Vintage, 1978.


A modern version, spare and ironic in tone, with beautiful translations of the poems.