Murasaki Shikibu

973 - 1014

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Murasaki Shikibu (紫 式部, English: "Lady Murasaki"; c. 973 or 978 – c. 1014 or 1031) was a Japanese novelist, poet and lady-in-waiting at the Imperial court in the Heian period. She is best known as the author of The Tale of Genji, widely considered to be one of the world's first novels, written in Japanese between about 1000 and 1012. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Murasaki Shikibu has received more than 846,345 page views. Her biography is available in 132 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 127 in 2019). Murasaki Shikibu is the 162nd most popular writer (down from 127th in 2019), the 15th most popular biography from Japan (down from 10th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Japanese Writer.

Murasaki Shikibu is most famous for writing The Tale of Genji, which is considered the world's first novel.

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Among writers, Murasaki Shikibu ranks 162 out of 5,794Before her are William Faulkner, Ray Bradbury, H. G. Wells, Abu Nuwas, Herman Melville, and Elias Canetti. After her are Du Fu, Snorri Sturluson, Petronius, Ivo Andrić, Fernando Pessoa, and Juvenal.

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Among people born in 973, Murasaki Shikibu ranks 2Before her is Al-Biruni. After her are Henry II, Holy Roman Emperor and Al-Maʿarri. Among people deceased in 1014, Murasaki Shikibu ranks 1After her are Sweyn Forkbeard, Samuel of Bulgaria, Sigrid the Haughty, Bagrat III of Georgia, Brian Boru, and Rajaraja I.

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In Japan

Among people born in Japan, Murasaki Shikibu ranks 15 out of 5,560Before her are Oda Nobunaga (1534), Yoko Ono (1933), Haruki Murakami (1949), Isoroku Yamamoto (1884), Tokugawa Ieyasu (1542), and Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536). After her are Olivia de Havilland (1916), Yukio Mishima (1925), Naruhito (1960), Yasunari Kawabata (1899), Emperor Taishō (1879), and Emperor Jimmu (-711).

Among WRITERS In Japan

Among writers born in Japan, Murasaki Shikibu ranks 4Before her are Matsuo Bashō (1644), Miyamoto Musashi (1584), and Haruki Murakami (1949). After her are Yukio Mishima (1925), Yasunari Kawabata (1899), Kenzaburō Ōe (1935), Ryūnosuke Akutagawa (1892), Osamu Dazai (1909), Sei Shōnagon (966), Natsume Sōseki (1867), and Kazuo Ishiguro (1954).