The Tale of Genji
The Tale of Genji is a classic Japanese novel about a self-centered, womanizing prince in Medieval Japan. It was written in the eleventh century AD by Lady Murasaki, who was well acquainted with life in the Japanese Emperor's court during the Heian Period.
In his old age he dies miserably:
- Murasaki dies two or three years later, in her early forties. Genji, then in his early fifties, survives her as a mere shell of his former self. It appears that after the reader sees him for the last time, he leaves the world, retires to a Buddhist temple, and dies within a year or two.
- ↑ "Although fictional, the Tale of Genji is taken to be an accurate representation of aristocratic life in the middle of the Heian period (794-1195). 
- ↑ Mary Arnold