The first novel?

In my house full of teenage gamers, the name “Genji” means something different. But in the literary world, it’s a 1000 year old novel written by a woman in ancient Japan. (Video at link.)

Written 1,000 years ago, the Japanese epic The Tale of Genji is often called the world’s first novel. Following the life and romances of Hikaru Genji, it was written by a woman, Murasaki Shikibu. The tale had an unprecedented global influence; in 1925 an English translation by Arthur Waley was reviewed by Virginia Woolf in British Vogue.

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