Shônagon was one of the most prominent woman writers of the
Heian period and famous for her witty essays Makura no sôshi (Pillow
Book), a collection of reminiscenes, anecdotes, and very candid
opinions about the world of court. Sei Shônagon was a court-lady
and served - like Murasaki Shikubu - one
the wives of the Emperor Ichijô.