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Lafcadio Hearn's Japan : an anthology of his writings on the country and its people / edited and with an introduction by Donald Richie
Bib ID 1673918
Format BookBook
Author
Hearn, Lafcadio, 1850-1904
 
Edition 1st ed. 
Description Rutland, Vt. : Charles E. Tuttle Co., 1997 
280 p. ; 18 cm. 
ISBN 0804820961 (paperback)
Summary

Nearly one hundred years after his death, author, translator, and educator Lafcadio Hearn remains one of the best-known Westerners ever to make Japan his home. His prolific writings on things Japanese helped shape Western views on Japan well into the 20th century. Yet as influential as he was, critical opinion of his work varies widely. To some, he is Japan's greatest interpreter; to others, he is the country's ultimate apologist. In this new anthology, Donald Richie shows that Hearn was first and foremost a reliable observer, who faithfully recorded a detailed account of the people, customs, and culture of turn-of-the-century Japan. Through his selections, Richie also suggests that Hearn tempered his style and altered his perceptions over time to more accurately reflect the world in which he lived.

Full contents
  • Pt. 1. The Land. Strangeness and Charm. The Chief City of the Province of the Gods. In a Japanese Garden. Three Popular Ballads. In the Cave of the Children's Ghosts. A Letter from Japan. Horai
  • Pt. 2. The People. Bits of Life and Death. Of Women's Hair. A Street Singer. Kimiko. Yuko: A Reminiscence. On a Bridge. The Case of O-Dai. Drifting. Diplomacy. A Passional Karma. Survivals.
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 277-280).

Subjects Hearn, Lafcadio, 1850-1904 -- Homes and haunts -- Japan.  |  Japan -- Civilization -- 1868-1912.
Other authors/contributors Richie, Donald, 1924-
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Anthology of his writings on the country and its people

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