Out of the East": Reveries and Studies in New Japan.

Lafcadio Hearn.

Edité par Kegan Paul Trench Trubner and Company, London, UK, 1895
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Titre : Out of the East": Reveries and Studies in ...

Éditeur : Kegan Paul Trench Trubner and Company, London, UK

Date d'édition : 1895

Reliure : Hardcover

Edition : First Edition, unstated.

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First Edition, unstated [1895], in accordance with Kegan, Paul, Trench and Trubner's customer pratice). Good+: shows moderate wear to the extremities, a little heavier at the head and heel of the backstrip which is heavily sunned (the titles thereon are severely blanched but because they are embossed remain legible); the front board is very slightly bowed; fairly heavy rubbing overall; very slight spine lean; faint soiling; former owner's name and date (1904] at the front free endpaper and another owner's initials at the same as well. The binding remains quite secure; the text is clean. Despite a number of flaws, remains clean, sturdy, and quite presentable. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 12mo. 341pp. Blue cloth over boards with gilt designs and titles at the front panel and backstrip. Top Edge Gilt. Hardback: No DJ 'as issued'. Patrick Lafcadio Hearn (1850 – 1904), known also by the Japanese name Koizumi Yakumo, was an international writer, known best for his books about Japan, especially his collections of Japanese legends and ghost stories, such as Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things. In 1890, Hearn went to Japan with a commission as a newspaper correspondent, which was quickly terminated. It was in Japan, however, that he found a home and his greatest inspiration. Through the goodwill of Basil Hall Chamberlain, Hearn gained a teaching position during the summer of 1890 at the Shimane Prefectural Common Middle School and Normal School in Matsue, a town in western Japan on the coast of the Sea of Japan. The Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum and his old residence are still two of Matsue's most popular tourist attractions. During his fifteen-month stay in Matsue, Hearn married Koizumi Setsu, the daughter of a local samurai family, with whom he had four children. He became a naturalized Japanese, assuming the name Koizumi Yakumo, in 1896 after accepting a teaching position in Tokyo. After having been Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and, later on, Spencerian, he became Buddhist. During late 1891, Hearn obtained another teaching position in Kumamoto, Kyushu, at the Fifth Higher Middle School, where he spent the next three years and completed his book Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan (1894). In October 1894, he secured a journalism job with the English-language newspaper Kobe Chronicle, and in 1896, with some assistance from Chamberlain, he began teaching English literature at Tokyo Imperial University, a job he had until 1903. In 1895, he published this book, his second, "Out of the East": Reveries and Studies in New Japan. In 1904, he was a professor at Waseda University. On 26 September 1904, he died of heart failure at the age of 54 years. His grave is at the Zoshigaya Cemetery in Toshima, Tokyo. In the late 19th century, Japan was still largely unknown and exotic to Westerners. However, with the introduction of Japanese aesthetics, particularly at the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1900, Japanese styles became fashionable in Western countries. Consequently, Hearn became known to the world by his writings concerning Japan. In later years, some critics would accuse Hearn of exoticizing Japan, but because he offered the West some of its first descriptions of pre-industrial and Meiji Era Japan, his work has historical value. Admirers of Hearn's work have included Ben Hecht, John Erskine, and Malcolm Cowley. The Japanese director Masaki Kobayashi adapted four Hearn tales into his 1964 film, Kwaidan. N° de réf. du libraire 44172

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