'The Tale of Genji," written by Murasaki Shikibu around 1,000 A.D., is regarded by many as the world's first novel and is arguably the most influential work of Japanese literature ever written, inspiring countless other works of drama, fiction and fine art.

The Tale of Genji, by Murasaki Shikibu, Translated by Dennis Washburn.
1360 pages
W. W. Norton, Fiction.