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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Collection from Hearn's American Years, December 3, 2009
This review is from: Lafcadio Hearn: American Writings (Library of America, No. 190) (Hardcover)
Lafcadio Hearn is an odd choice for the Library of America to be raising to the Mt. Olympus of American literature. Born on a Greek isle, raised and educated in Ireland, now in Cincinnati of all places, off to New Orleans, now to the West Indies, then off to Japan, Hearn truly earned the title of a recent biography on him "Wandering Ghost." The LOA edition of Hearn contains his writing from his time in the US and in the West Indies. This collection shows how diverse Hearn was as a writer as all of the following are included: translations of traditional Japanese tales; accounts of the river workers on the Ohio, reflections on snow, the account of a murderer being hung, notes on African-American dances, looks at odd societies in small Louisiana villages, accounts of Martinique, a conversation with a woman and her experiences with spirits from beyond, novels about tropical storms and slave rebellions in the isles, letters to his friends, and many other topics and materials. Most writers could not pull this off. Hearn masterfully writes about all of these subjects with grace, humor and style. While the works he wrote in Japan are not included, this book gives the reader an excellent introduction to Hearn's versatility and ability as a writer and the reader enjoys some great entertainment to boot. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars valuable, April 28, 2009
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This review is from: Lafcadio Hearn: American Writings (Library of America, No. 190) (Hardcover)
Hearn's "American" writings are little known compared to his later Japanese studies, but they are invaluable for an understanding of the man - and fascinating in their own right. The only reservation about this volume concerns the apparent abridgements, which are not clearly indicated nor explained.
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Lafcadio Hearn: American Writings (Library of America, No. 190)
Lafcadio Hearn: American Writings (Library of America, No. 190) by Lafcadio Hearn (Hardcover - March 5, 2009)
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