What was significant about the Japanese historical figure the Lady Murasaki Shikibu?

Answer: Around the year 1000, she wrote what is believed to be the world’s first novel, The Tale of Genji, a masterpiece of literary invention that mirrored the life of the brilliant Heian court.

Source: Forty Centuries – From the Pharaohs to Alfred the Great by S H G Brandon and Friedrich Heer

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