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Hearn, Lafcadio. (1850 - 1904).

L i f e

- born in Greece, son of a British father and a Greek Mother

- studied to become a clergyman x but: gave up and left for America

- interest in literature, became a librarian, and a journalist

- not interested in political journalism x but: in history and adventure

- spent 2 years in the Caribbean as a journalist

- travelled to Japan as a journalist, settled here, married a Japanese woman, and taught English literature at the Tokyo University

W o r k

- wrote journalistic articles, reviews, travel writings, short stories, and translations from Spanish and French

Stray Leaves from Strange Literatures (1884)
Some Chinese Ghosts (1887):

- based on strange Chines legends and tales

Chita (1889):

- a novel about a girl to survive the flood-tide on an island off the Lousiana coast

C a r i b b e a n  I n s p i r a t i o n :

Two Years in the French West Indies (1890):

- a travel writing

Youma (1890):

- a novel about a slave uprising

J a p a n e s e  I n s p i r a t i o n :

Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan (1894):

- an attempt to capture the Japanese culture and customs

Kwaidan (1904)


"And whatever doubts or vexations one has in Japan, it is only necessary to ask oneself: 'Well, who are the best people to live with'"?

From The Life and Times of Lafcadio Hearn (1906).


(Picture: Wikimedia Commons).

  • Author

    (Patrick) Lafcadio Hearn. (1850 - 1904). Koizumi Yakumo after accepting Japanese citizenship.
  • Work

    Novelist. Journalist. Translator. Author of books about Japan.
  • Genres

    Folklore. Travel writing.


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