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Chita
Lafcadio Hearn
1578065585
Apr 2003
Hardcover
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From The Washington Post's Book World/washingtonpost.com
Cataclysmic hurricanes and flooding in Louisiana, with tragic consequences: Unfortunately, we've been there before. Back in 1889 the Anglo-Greek author Lafcadio Hearn wrote a novel called Chita: A Memory of Last Island (Univ. of Miss., $22). It dealt with the very real hurricane two decades earlier that had nearly swept the barrier island L'Ile Dernière from the map. Recently republished by the University of Mississippi Press, Chita is more than an eerily topical good read. It is an evocative parable of people living the good life on the edge of the abyss, of hubris in the face of savage nature and of the innocents who bear the brunt of the suffering that results from it. Hearn was a gnomic figure now best known for his evocative writings on Japan, which did much to define...


Lafcadio Hearn
Nina H. Kennard
1410209989
December 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
The circumstances surrounding Lafcadio Hearn's life and work impart a particular interest and charm to his correspondence. He was, as he himself imagined, unfitted by personal defects from being looked upon with favor in general society. This idea, combined with innate sensitive shyness, caused him, especially towards the latter years of his life, to become more or less of a recluse, and induced him to seek an outlet in intellectual commune with literary comrades on paper.


Kwaidan
Lafcadio Hearn
0804836620
Feb 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Kwaidan translates from the Japanese as weird tales, which perfectly describes these haunting stories.
This collection of supernatural tales includes a musician called upon to perform for the dead, man-eating goblins, and insects who uncannily mimic human behavior. A perfect treat for fans of the strange and otherworldly.


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A Lafcadio Hearn Companion
Robert L. Gale
0313317372
October 2001
Hardcover
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Book Description
Lafcadio Hearn was a prolific 19th-century writer with diverse experiences. He was born in Greece; educated in Ireland, France, and England; and thereafter resided in the United States, the French West Indies, and Japan. He is best known for his nonfiction, primarily his essays and newspaper columns, though he also wrote numerous stories that drew on the lore of different cultures. But he will always be remembered as the American writer who first wrote extensively about Japan and made Asiatic culture accessible to British and American readers. This reference is a comprehensive guide to Hearn's life and career. The volume includes several hundred alphabetically arranged entries for his writings, family members, and colleagues. Many of the entries cite works for further reading, and the volume also includes a...


The Grass Lark: A Study of Lafcadio Hearn
Elizabeth Stevenson
0765804859
December 1999
Paperback
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In Ghostly Japan
Lafcadio Hearn
0804836612
Feb 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
In Ghostly Japan collects twelve stories from celebrated author Lafcadio Hearn. Some of these stories are ghostly and ghastly, while others are wonderfully benign. Whether he's telling a ghost story or explaining a Buddhist proverb, Hearn's writings are never less than enthralling.


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One night, at a very late hour, Tomozo heard the voice of a woman in his master's apartment; and this made him uneasy. He feared that Shinzaburo, being very gentle and affectionate, might be made the dupe of some cunning wanton,--in which event the domestics would be the first to suffer. He therefore resolved to watch; and on the following night he stole on tiptoe to Shinzaburo's dwelling, and looked through a chink in one of the sliding shutters. By the glow of a...


Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan
Lafcadio Hearn
1596056835
December 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
A Japanese magic-lantern show is essentially dramatic. It is a play of which the dialogue is uttered by invisible personages, the actors and the scenery being only luminous shadows. Wherefore it is peculiarly well suited to goblinries and weirdnessess of all kinds; and plays in which ghosts figure are the favourite subject. -from "Of Ghosts and Goblins" In 1889, Westerner Lafcadio Hearn arrived in Japan on a journalistic assignment, and he fell so in love with the nation and its people that he never left. In 1894, just as Japan was truly opening to the West and global interest in Japanese culture was burgeoning, Hearn published this delightful series of essays glorifying what he called the "rare charm of Japanese life." Beautifully written and a joy to read, Hearn's love letters to the land of the rising sun...


Blue Ghost: Lafcadio Hearn's Work
Jean Temple
0838320279
January 1974
Library Binding
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Book Description
A biographical and critical study of the great American interpreter of Japanese literature, life and culture.


The Temptation of Saint Anthony
Gustave Flaubert
0375759123
Jan 2002
Paperback
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Review
“[The Temptation of Saint Anthony] calls up not only the great problems of knowledge, but the real riddles of life . . . and it confirms the awareness of our perplexity in the mysteriousness that reigns everywhere.”
—Sigmund Freud

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?[The Temptation of Saint Anthony] calls up not only the great problems of knowledge, but the real riddles of life . . . and it confirms the awareness of our perplexity in the mysteriousness that reigns everywhere.?
?Sigmund Freud

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Lafcadio Hearn and the Vision of Japan (Parallax: Re-visions of Culture and Society Series)
Carl Dawson
0801843723
December 1984
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
Hearn (1850-1904) remains one of the most intriguing and extensively written-about early visitors to Japan. Recent books include Michael Shapiro's Japan: In the Land of the Brokenhearted ( LJ 6/1/89), which weaves Hearn's story in among the accounts of a number of modern visitors to Japan, and Jonathan Cott's excellent new biography, Wandering Ghost: The Odyssey of Lafcadio Hearn (Knopf, 1991). Here, Dawson undertakes a critical study of Hearn's thought as it offers a bridge between Japan and the West. He provides background on Hearn and his arrival in Japan in 1890, contrasts his work with that of other contemporary Western commentators on Japan, and examines the evolution of his own Japanese writings. While readers encountering Hearn for the first time are perhaps best led to Cott's biography, Dawson's...


The Boy Who Drew Cats and Other Japanese Fairy Tales
Lafcadio Hearn
0486403483
Sept 1998
Paperback
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Book Description
Talking tea kettles, a monstrous goblin-spider, miniature warriors, and other fanciful creatures abound in exotic tales brimming with warmth and whimsy. 11 excellently translated fables include "The Fountain of Youth," "The Old Woman Who Lost Her Dumplings," "The Wooden Bowl," "My Lord Bag-o’-Rice," "The Silly Jelly-Fish, "The Hare of Inaba," and 5 more. 21 original illus. by Yuko Green.


Lafcadio Hearn's America: Ethnographic Sketches and Editorials
Simon J. Bronner (Editor)
0813122295
February 2002
Hardcover
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Frank de Caro
"A welcome contribution to the study of American culture.”

Book Description
The American essays of renowned writer Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904) artistically chronicle the robust urban life of Cincinnati and New Orleans. Hearn is one of the few chroniclers of urban American life in the nineteenth century, and much of this material has not been widely available since the 1950s. Lafcadio Hearn’s America collects Hearn’s stories of vagabonds, river people, mystics, criminals, and some of the earliest accounts available of black and ethnic urban folklife in America. He was a frequently consulted expert on America during his years in Japan, and these editorials reflect on the problems and possibilities of American life as the country entered its greatest century. ...


Lafcadio Hearn's Japan
Lafcadio Hearn
0710310625
May 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
As long as Japan's religious practices remain obscured and misunderstood, it will be impossible to interpret the country's art, history or even industry, argues the author of this work. After all, Milton, Dante and even Shakespeare can only be fully understood by those with a knowledge of Western religion. By analysing Japan's religion in depth, the author seeks to uncover what has long been hidden from Western view and to pave the way to a clearer understanding of Japanese life. The book includes sections on Ancestor-worship, the Communal Cult, the development of Shinto, Buddhism, social organisation, military power, loyalty, the Jesuits and many other topics.

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The alternate drinking of rice-wine, by bridegroom and bride, from the same vessels, corresponds...


Lafcadio Hearn's Gleanings in Buddha-Fields
Lafcadio Hearn
0710311222
Mar 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
The third book of Lafcadio Hearn's Japanese period, Gleanings in Buddha-Fields is a volume of philosophical essays and sketches inspired by the teachings of Buddha. Through a series of loosely connected essays, the author offers readers a wealth of insights into Japanese life, art and religion. When the book was first published in 1897, it attracted the attention of The New York Times: "It is only Mr. Hearn who has made us understand something of the Japanese way of looking at life and things, something of that religion which is the very soul and substance of Japanese existence, thought, and action." Today's readers are sure to recognize the elegance and depth of thought which have made the work a classic.


Inventing New Orleans: Writings of Lafcadio Hearn
Lafcadio Hearn
1578063531
January 2001
Textbook Paperback
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Two Years in the French West Indies
Lafcadio Hearn
0781230667
June 1992
Library Binding
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From Library Journal
Interlink's newest series, "Lost and Found," aims to revive great works of travel writing by updating them with a new foreword while preserving the unique vision and experiences of each writer. These two inaugural titles will surely be welcomed back in both public and academic libraries. Greek-born journalist, translator, and world traveler Hearn (1850-1904), who remains best known for his Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan and Japan: An Attempt at Interpretation, has vibrantly reported his travels in French-ruled Martinique during 1887-89. Consisting of "A Midsummer Trip to the Tropics," 12 sketches of Martinique life, a folktale, several short folk music scores, and period illustrations, this poetic account provides views of much that has now disappeared. Hearn's unusual perception of light and color as well as his...


Two Years in the French West Indies
Lafcadio Hearn
1414251343
March 2005
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Interlink's newest series, "Lost and Found," aims to revive great works of travel writing by updating them with a new foreword while preserving the unique vision and experiences of each writer. These two inaugural titles will surely be welcomed back in both public and academic libraries. Greek-born journalist, translator, and world traveler Hearn (1850-1904), who remains best known for his Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan and Japan: An Attempt at Interpretation, has vibrantly reported his travels in French-ruled Martinique during 1887-89. Consisting of "A Midsummer Trip to the Tropics," 12 sketches of Martinique life, a folktale, several short folk music scores, and period illustrations, this poetic account provides views of much that has now disappeared. Hearn's unusual perception of light and color as well as his...


Kokoro
Lafcadio Hern
0766102211
Feb 1998
Paperback
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Book Description
1896. The papers composing this volume treat of the inner rather than of the outer life of Japan, for which reason they have been grouped under the title Kokoro (heart). Written this word signifies also mind, in the emotional sense; spirit; courage; resolve; sentiment; affection; and inner meaning, just as we say in English, 'the heart of things'. Partial Contents: At a Railway Station; Genius of Japanese Civilization; After the War; A Glimpse of Tendencies; By Force of Karma; Conservative; In the Twilight of the Gods; Idea of Preexistence; Some Thoughts About Ancestor Worship; Kimiko.

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