Kwaidan by Lafcadio Hearn
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Kwaidan by Lafcadio Hearn

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Kwaidan translates as "weird tales," and that describes perfectly the haunting stories collected in this unforgettable volume. Fans of Lafcadio Hearn will rejoice at this new edition of his collected works, while newcomers to his style can enter for the first time his very strange and haunting universe.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780804836623
ISBN-10: 0804836620
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 134mm x 15mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Tuttle Publishing
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Publish Date: 22-Mar-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Lafcadio Hearn

Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904) was born on the Greek island of Lefkas, the son of an Anglo-Irish surgeon in the British army and a Greek mother. After his parent's divorce when he was six, he was brought up in Dublin by a great aunt. At the age of nineteen, he went to America, eventually ending up in New Orleans as a newspaper reporter. His flight from Western materialism brought him to Japan in 1890, where he worked for an English newspaper, the Kobe Chronicle, and taught in various schools. In 1896, he began teaching English literature at Tokyo Imperial University, a position he held until 1903, and at Waseda University. Hearn married a samurai's daughter, Koizumi Setsu, became a Japanese citizen and a Buddhist, and changed his name to Koizumi Yakumo. At the young age of 54, he died of a heart attack. Hearn's search for beauty and tranquility, for pleasing customs and lasting values made him a confirmed Japanophile. His keen intellect, poetic imagination, and wonderful clear style permitted him to penetrate to the very essence of things Japanese. He became the great interpreter of things Japanese to the West. Hearn's most famous work is a collection of lectures entitled "Japan: An Attempt at Interpretation" (published posthumously in 1905). His other books on Japan include "Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan (1894), Out of the East (1895), Kokoro (1896), Gleanings in Buddha Fields (1897), Exotics and Retrospectives (1898), In Ghostly Japan (1899), Shadowings (1900), " and "A Japanese Miscellany (1901)."

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