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align justify It is remarkable how persistent a minor writer may be He may lack the large vision and universal message of the great writer, but instead possess a clear, true, intense view of particular places, peoples, and situations that renders his work unique and irreplacable Lafcadio Hearn 1850 1904 is such a figure in American literature Best known as a scholar of Japanese culture, Hearn was a remarkable journalist, translator, travel writer, and perhaps second only to Poe in the literature of the macabre and supernatural Hearns life, as strange and colorful as his work, is brilliantly recounted in Elizabeth Stevensons sensitive and sympathetic biography The range of Hearns writing is reflected in the peripatetic course of his life The son of an Irish father and a Greek mother, he was born on the Ionian island of Leucadia, was raised in Dublin, and came to America at the age of nineteen His early career was spent as a journalist Without a trace of condescension or pity he entered into the lives of the dock workers of Cincinnati, the Creoles of New Orleans and Martinique, and later the common villagers of Japan, describing how they lived and worked and what they believed No mere seeker after the exotic, Hearns immersion in Japanese culture following his emigration in 1890 was born of a profound affinity of mind and sensibility In Japan, the clarity and force of his expression matured Here Hearn found a beautifully ordered, artistically sensitive society, but one indifferent to individualism In later years, he saw a society also increasingly susceptible to modern forces of authoritarianism, militarism, and xenophobia Horrified by the dehumanizing potential of these forces, in East and West alike, Hearn remained acutely sensitive to the most minute experience His study of Japanese folklore and his retelling of its tales and ghost stories combine insight into the universals of the larger human world with an exquisite appreciation of how small things matter Elizabeth Stevensons book is as much about the writer as the man While giving an accurate measure of the scale of Hearns achievement, she makes a compelling case for its artistry Her reading demonstrates that his writings are not mere aids to the understanding of various cultures but ends in themselves Hearn did not just translate the folklore of other cultures, he recreated it The Grass Lark will interest literary scholars, American studies specialists, and folklorists....

Title : The Grass Lark: A Study of Lafcadio Hearn
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ISBN : 0765804859
Format Type : Paperback
Language : English
Publisher : Transaction Publishers December 31, 1999
Number of Pages : 362 pages
File Size : 986 KB
Status : Available For Download
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The Grass Lark: A Study of Lafcadio Hearn Reviews

  • Ricky B
    2019-04-04 05:11

    Prior to reading this book I knew that Lafcadio Hearn was strongly associated with Japan. For the past eight years I've frequently traveled there and somewhere along the line began reading his works on Japan and on my last visit finished reading the last of them; so when I found this book I didn't hesitate to get it. To my surprise I found the story of Hearn's early and mid adult life and writing career in the American cities of Cincinnati, New Orleans, and New York City were equally or more interesting than his life in Japan. The author does a wonderful job of researching the professional and personal details of his life and the places he inhabited. These sections provide a colorful narrative of America in the second half of the 19th century.