- Murasaki Shikibu was a great novelist and poet of the Japanese Heian period.
- Murasaki became famous from writing the tale of genji but her work also included a diary and over 120 poems.
- Murasaki was born into the Fujiwara clan a noble family but not a rich family.
- Traditionally children were raised by the mother and her family but murasaki father decided to raise his daughter himself.
- Murasaki began writing the tale of genji and working as an attendant to empress Akiko.