Anthology of Japanese Literature: From the Earliest Era to the Mid-Nineteenth Century. Compiled and ed. Donald Keene. New York, NY: Grove Press, 1955. Canonical anthology of major works of Japanese literature in translation, up until the years of the Meiji Restoration (around 1870). Includes major works such as Sei Shonogan's The Pillow Book, The Tale of the Heike, Basho's haiku, and works by Iharu Saikaku and Chikamatsu Monzaemon. Interspersed are essays by Donald Keene on the historical context for these works.