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Sei Shōnagon

Japanese author and a court lady

966   -   1025

country of citizenship: Japan
native language: Japanese
occupation: lady-in-waiting, poet, essayist, diarist, writer

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Sei Shōnagon (清少納言, lesser councilor of state Sei), (c. 966–1017/1025) 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 (枕草子, makura no sōshi).
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The Pillow Book

book of observations and musings recorded by Sei Shōnagon during her time as court lady to Empress Consort Teishi (定子) during the 990s and early 1000s in Heian Japan, completed in the year 1002

author: Sei Shōnagon

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