By W. G. Aston
This can be the earliest distinctive survey of the voluminous jap literature released in English, starting from the Archaic interval (before A.D.700) in the course of the 19th century romanic fictions, to the socalled Tokyo interval finishing in 1898.
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A History of Japanese Literature by W. G. Aston