The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu

The Tale of Genji is a classic work of Japanese literature attributed to the Japanese noblewoman Murasaki Shikibu in the early eleventh century, around the peak of the Heian Period. It is sometimes called the world's first novel, the first modern novel, the first psychological novel or the first novel to still be considered a classic, though this issue is a matter of debate.

The 124th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 10th on The Novel 100: A Ranking of the Greatest Novels of All Time (The Novel 100)
  2. - 80th on 100 Best Books (Montana State University)
  3. - 91st on The Telegraph’s 100 Novels Everyone Should Read (Telegraph)
  4. - Masterpieces of World Literature (Frank N. Magill)
  5. - 100 Life-Changing Books (National Book Award)
  6. - The Graphic Canon (Book)
  7. - The Bigger Read List (English PEN)
  8. - Top 100 Works in World Literature (Norwegian Book Clubs, with the Norwegian Nobel Institute)
  9. - 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (The Book)
  10. - 50 Greatest Books of All Time (Globe and Mail)
  11. - The New Lifetime Reading Plan (The New Lifetime Reading Plan)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
The Tale of Genji: The Arthur Waley Translation of Lady Murasaki's Masterpiece with a new foreword by Dennis Washburn (Tuttle Classics) Paperback 512414 $8.14 $10.20 2010
The Tale of Genji (Everyman's Library Classics) Hardcover 297295 $19.22 $15.21 1992
The Tale of Genji (Penguin Classics) Paperback 199776 $8.20 $3.96 2006
The Tale of Genji (Vintage International) Paperback 173917 $8.06 $1.81 1990
The Tale of Genji: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Paperback 26815 $15.09 $6.28 2002
The Tale of Genji (Everyman's Library Classics Series) Hardcover 786033 $12.21 $6.50 1993
The Tale of Genji (Revised Translation Version) (I and II) (Chinese Edition) Paperback 1447691 $17.60 $39.69 2015
The Tale of..Genji (Later Printing) Paperback 1186119 $42.00 $5.70
The Tale Of Genji (2 Volume Set In Art Slipcase) Hardcover 1134549 $125.99 $22.60
The Tale of Genji, Volume 2 Audible Audiobook 42850 $39.79 2019
The Tale of Genji Paperback 858674 $15.00 $2.59 1978
The Tale of Genji Paperback 2507281 $54.59 $1.75 1985
The Tale of Genji (2 Volume Set in Art Slipcase) (English and Japanese Edition) Hardcover 949861 $46.00 $10.00 1976
The Tale of Genji ( 2 VOL) Paperback 1281200 $21.28 $4.58 1978
Genji & Heike: Selections from The Tale of Genji and The Tale of the Heike Paperback 101254 $19.50 $9.25 1994
The Tale of Genji Paperback 1501549 $24.95 2016
The Tale of Genji (Vintage Classics) Kindle Edition 243772 $9.99 2013
The Tale of Genji: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Kindle Edition 44727 $10.99 2006
The Tale of Genji (Tuttle Classics) Kindle Edition 198508 $10.99 2011
The Tale of Genji (Penguin Classics) Kindle Edition 490011 $10.99 2006
The Tale of Genji (Tuttle Classics) Kindle Edition 724136 $8.54 2011
The Tale of Genji Kindle Edition 395765 2011
The Tale of Genji (Dover Thrift Editions) Kindle Edition 370720 2012
The Tale of Genji Mass Market Paperback 4748394 $0.01
The Tale of Genji Hardcover 3962234 $7.00
The Tale of Genji Hardcover 3519033 $40.00
The Tale of Genji (Abridged) Paperback 3283814 $7.09 $21.04 2012
The Tale of Genji (Abridged) Kindle Edition 390717 $4.79 2012
The Tale of Genji [Illustrated] Kindle Edition 301608 $0.99 2012
The Tale of Genji (Illustrated) Kindle Edition 484826 $0.99 2012
The Tale of Genji (unabridged) Hardcover 2949982 $34.33 $31.98 2012
The Tale of Genji Paperback 2858494 $10.42 $8.00 2011
The Tale of Genji (Vintage Classics) unknown Edition by Murasaki, Shikibu (1990) Paperback 467795 $13.13 $11.54 1990
The Tale of Genji (Modern Library) Hardcover 968955 $14.00 $0.01 1977
The Tale of Genji (Dover Thrift Editions) Paperback 292824 $0.14 $0.01 2000
The Tale of Genji (unabridged) Kindle Edition 373210 2015
The Tale of Genji Paperback 2353894 $7.33 $7.84 2013
The Tale of Genji (Modern Library) Hardcover 3333608 $19.00 $5.64 1993
The Tale of Genji Kindle Edition 310982 2015
The Tale of Genji Paperback 1509380 $6.99 2016
Genji & Heike: Selections from The Tale of Genji and The Tale of the Heike Hardcover 3946373 $78.44 $29.95 1994
The Tale of Genji Paperback 1216188 $6.94 2015
The Tale of Genji Kindle Edition 250969 2015
The Tale of Genji (Penguin Classics) Hardcover 631695 $2,500.00 $8.88 2001
The Tale of Genji Paperback 2205717 $9.99 2013
The Tale of Genji: The Authentic First Translation of the World's Earliest Novel (Tuttle Classics) Paperback 1929994 $9.99 2018
The Tale of Genji (Tuttle Classics) Paperback 1058082 $10.07 $3.00 2006