Lafcadio Hearn's Japan by Lafcadio Hearn

Lafcadio Hearn's Japan An Anthology of his Writings on the Country and it's People Paperback Oct 15 2007

By Lafcadio Hearn
$11.22 USD

This collection of writings from Lafcadio Hern paints a rare and fascinating picture of pre-modern Japan Over a century after his death, author, translator, and educator Lafcadio Hearn remains one of the best-known Westerners ever to make Japan his home. Almost more Japanese than the Japanese-"to think with their thoughts" was his aim-his prolific writings on things Japanese were instrumental in introducing Japanese culture to the West. In this masterful anthology, Donald Richie shows that Hearn was first and foremost a reliable and enthusiastic observer, who faithfully recorded a detailed account of the people, customs, and culture of late nineteen-century Japan. Opening and closing with excerpts from Hearn's final books, Richie's astute selection from among "over 4,000 printed pages" not including correspondence and other writing, also reveals Hearn's later, more sober and reflective attitudes to the things that he observed and wrote about. Part One, "The Land," chronicles Hearn's early years when he wrote primarily about the appearance of his adopted home. Part Two, "The People," records the author's later years when he came to terms with the Japanese themselves. In this anthology, Richie, more gifted in capturing the essence of a person on the page than any other foreign writer living in Japan, has picked out the best of Hearn's evocations. Select writings include: The Chief City of the Province of the Gods Three Popular Ballads In the Cave of the Children's Ghosts Bits of Life and Death A Street Singer Kimiko On A Bridge

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Tuttle Publishing
Publication date
Oct 15 2007
130.0mm x 203.0mm