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The Literary World

Ancient and Medieval Writers

Distinguished classical writers and literary figures of the European Middle Ages.

  • Murasaki Shikibu

    Eleventh-century Japanese courtier and novelist. Murasaki is actually the name of the heroine of her novel; the author's real name is unknown.

    • Wrote The Tale of Genji, thought to be the world''s first novel
  • Hildegard of Bingen (born 1098, died 1179)

    German abbess, mystic and writer.

    • Wrote treatises on medicine and natural history, as well as recording her visions
  • Christine de Pisan (born 1364)

    French poet and author.

    • Wrote Le Livre de la cité des dames (''''The Book of the City of Ladies'''')
  • Marie de France

    The earliest known French female poet. Wrote in the late 12th century.

    • Wrote lais and ysopets (fables)
  • Sappho

    Greek lyric poet of the sixth century B.C.

    • Greatly admired throughout history, though only fragments of her work remain

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