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By Robert L. Gale

Lafcadio Hearn used to be a prolific 19th-century author with varied studies. He used to be born in Greece; trained in eire, France, and England; and thereafter resided within the usa, the French West Indies, and Japan. he's most sensible identified for his nonfiction, basically his essays and newspaper columns, although he additionally wrote a number of tales that drew at the lore of other cultures. yet he'll consistently be remembered because the American author who first wrote largely approximately Japan and made Asiatic tradition obtainable to British and American readers. This reference is a accomplished advisor to Hearn's existence and career.

Included within the quantity are 1000s of alphabetically prepared entries for person works via Hearn and collections of his writings, for contributors of his kin, and for the colleagues and buddies who figured prominently in his existence. The entries summarize his perspectives, demonstrate his prepared belief, and display the breadth of his musings. Entries frequently cite works for extra examining, and the quantity additionally features a bibliography. whereas the ebook is before everything a consultant to Hearn, it additionally exhibits how eastern society was once first offered to the West.

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A Lafcadio Hearn Companion

Lafcadio Hearn was once a prolific 19th-century author with varied reports. He was once born in Greece; proficient in eire, France, and England; and thereafter resided within the usa, the French West Indies, and Japan. he's top identified for his nonfiction, basically his essays and newspaper columns, notwithstanding he additionally wrote quite a few tales that drew at the lore of alternative cultures.

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In 1897 he thought of dedicating Exotics and Retrospectives to her but did not, out of fear she might find some of its contents shocking. She began writing him again around 1900, and a delightful correspondence ensued. In one letter, addressed to Mrs. Wetmore from Tokyo in 1900, he told her he had a picture of her on a wall of his home. He dedicated A Japanese Miscellany (1901) to her. In 1902 he wrote to her asking whether she could find a lectureship for him in the United States because he wanted his oldest son, Kazuo Koizumi,* to study in America.

Medical treatment, though careful, was of no help. Molyneux, his wife, and Mrs. Brenane, now feeble, moved to Tramore, withdrew Hearn from St. Cuthbert’s in October 1867, and sent him to London to live with Catherine Delaney, now long married to a dockworker. Molyneux supplied money now and then for Lafcadio’s food. Hearn later reminisced bitterly that Molyneux persuaded Mrs. Brenane to cut him out of an annuity that was probably in the amount of £500. After much misery in London, in 1869 Hearn received a small sum of money from Molyneux, a one-way boat ticket to New York City, and advice to go to Cincinnati and seek out Frances Anne Molyneux Cullinan, Molyneux’s sister, and her husband, Thomas Cullinan, for a start in the New World.

She was born in Camp Bisland, Fairfax Plantation, Teche County, Louisiana. Her family lost its property in the Civil War. R. Dane. She admired Hearn’s “A Dead Love,” published in the New Orleans Item (1880); so when he moved in 1881 to the New Orleans Times-Democrat, edited by Page M. Baker,* she submitted some poems to it. Partly because he admired her verse, it was published; they met in 1882, and she began to write about women’s activities for the Times-Democrat “Bric-a-Brac” column. Slow, even fearful, to respond to her beauty and energy, Hearn at first regarded Bisland as dangerously cunning and unfeeling, though attractive and gifted.

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