Written by a leading scholar in the field, Classical Japanese: A Grammar is an elegant, comprehensive, and practical guide to classical Japanese. Extensive tes and historical explanations make this volume useful as both a reference for advanced students and a textbook for beginning students. Classical Japanese (bungo) was used to write Japanese for more thirteen hundred years, until World War II. The volume, which explains how classical Japanese is related to modern Japanese, includes Detailed explanations of basic grammar, including helpful, easy-to-use tables of grammatical forms; Antated excerpts from classical premodern texts, with accompanying grammar and vocabulary tes; Exercises and an answer booklet; Detailed explanations of horific expressions; Appendixes on sound changes, prefixes, and suffixes, rhetorical techniques, and auxiliary verb combinations
Haruo Shirane is Shincho Professor of Japanese Literature in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University. He is the author of The Bridge of Dreams: A Poetics of The Tale of Genji and Traces of Dreams: Landscape, Cultural Memory, and the Poetry of Basho; and an editor of Inventing the Classics: Modernity, National Identity, and Japanese Literature and Early Modern Japanese Literature: An Anthology, 1600-1900.