Spirit of Noh A New Translation of the Classic Noh Treatise the Fushikaden

ISBN-10: 1590309944
ISBN-13: 9781590309940
Edition: 2013
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Description: The Japanese dramatic art of Noh has a rich six-hundred-year history and has had a huge influence on Japanese culture and such Western artists as Ezra Pound and William Butler Yeats. The actor and playwright Zeami (1363–1443) is the most celebrated  More...

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List price: $21.50
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/14/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 184
Size: 5.75" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.462
Language: English

The Japanese dramatic art of Noh has a rich six-hundred-year history and has had a huge influence on Japanese culture and such Western artists as Ezra Pound and William Butler Yeats. The actor and playwright Zeami (1363–1443) is the most celebrated figure in the history of Noh, with his numerous outstanding plays and his treatises outlining his theories on the art. These treatises were originally secret teachings that were later coveted by the highest ranks of the samurai class and first became available to the general public only in the twentieth century.William Scott Wilson, acclaimed translator of samurai and Asian classics, has translated the Fushikaden, the best known of these treatises, which provides practical instruction for actors, gives valuable teachings on the aesthetics and spiritual culture of Japan, and offers a philosophical outlook on life. Along with the Fushikaden, Wilson includes a comprehensive introduction describing the historical background and philosophy of Noh, as well as a new translation of one of Zeami's most moving plays, Atsumori.

Not only was Zeami a playwright of unparalleled genius and productivity, he was also an actor. About half the currently performed plays in the Japanese Noh repertory are from his hand. Besides composing over 150 plays, he wrote a number of critical works on Noh and its performance. Since his father was the most respected Noh performer of his time, Zeami grew up in the theater and remained with it until he was 59 and entered the priesthood. At 71 he was exiled to Sado Island. Why this happened is uncertain, but we can assume that he was pardoned, because he died in Kyoto. Most Noh plays in English collections are his.

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