University of Hawaii Press, 2016 - 472 pages
The Floating World by novelist James A. Michener is a classic work on the Japanese print of the Edo period (1615-1868). Mr. Michener shows how the Japanese printmakers, cut off from revivifying contacts with the art of the rest of the world and hampered by their own governmental restrictions, were able to keep their art vital for two centuries through their vigor and determination.
For this new edition, Howard A. Link updates the scholarship and expands on many theoretical aspects introduced in Michener's study.