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The Tale of the Heike


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The Tale of the Heike is the epic story of the warring Heike and Genji clans. Assembled from scattered oral poems in early-fourteenth-century Japan, it portrays magnificent battles, aristocratic society and street life, as well as giving universal insights into love, loss and loyalty.

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Royall Tyler, an American, is retired from the Australian National University where he taught Japanese language and literature for many years. He has a B.A. from Harvard University and a PhD. from Columbia University and has taught at Harvard, Stanford and the University of Wisconsin.


In his elegant new translation, Royall Tyler divides the text into something resembling an opera libretto, with recitatives, arias and dialogue * L.A. Times *

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