Arioshi, Sawako. The Kabuki Dancer: A Novel of the Woman Who Founded Kabuki, translated by James R. Brandon. Palo Alto, CA: Kodansha America, 1994, 348 p.
Fictional depiction of the life of Okuni, the dancer who is generally credited with giving birth to Kabuki theater.
Brandon, James R., editor. Chūsingura: Studies in Kabuki and the Puppet Theater. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1982, 231 p.
Collection of essays on the 1748 play Kanadehon Chūshingura, perhaps the most highly praised drama of Japanese popular theater; includes Donald Keene's description of how the play is a modern...
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