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Concerning Lafcadio Hearn With a Bibliography by Laura Stedman   By: (1848-1922)

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CONCERNING LAFCADIO HEARN

[Illustration: LAFCADIO HEARN. From a Photograph by Gutekunst, 1889. ]

Frontispiece.

CONCERNING LAFCADIO HEARN. By GEORGE M. GOULD, M.D.

WITH A BIBLIOGRAPHY BY LAURA STEDMAN

WITH FIVE ILLUSTRATIONS

T. FISHER UNWIN

LONDON: ADELPHI TERRACE LEIPSIC: INSELSTRASSE 20 1908

[ All rights reserved ]

CONTENTS

CHAP. PAGE

I. HEREDITY AND THE EARLY LIFE 1

II. IN PERSON 7

III. THE PERIOD OF THE GRUESOME 13

IV. THE NEW ORLEANS TIME 33

V. AT MARTINIQUE 57

VI. "GETTING A SOUL" 65

VII. "IN GHOSTLY JAPAN" 81

VIII. AS A POET 93

IX. THE POET OF MYOPIA 103

X. HEARN'S STYLE 119

XI. SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION 137

XII. APPRECIATIONS AND EPITOMES 143

BIBLIOGRAPHY 247

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

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LAFCADIO HEARN, FROM A PHOTOGRAPH BY GUTEKUNST IN 1889 Frontispiece

HEARN AT ABOUT THE AGE OF EIGHT, FROM A PHOTOGRAPH 5

REDUCED FIRST PAGE OF THE FIRST ISSUE OF "YE GIGLAMPZ" 21

LAFCADIO HEARN, FROM A PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN AT MARTINIQUE, AUGUST 24, 1888 61

HANDWRITING OF HEARN IN 1889 68

PREFACE

THERE are as many possible biographies of a man as there are possible biographers and one more! Of Lafcadio Hearn there has been, and there will be, no excuse for any biography whatever. A properly edited volume of his letters, and, perhaps, a critical estimate of the methods and development of his imaginative power and literary character are, and still remain, most desirable. That some competent hand may yet be found to undertake this task is still hoped by those who recognize the value of a man's best work. To furnish material and help toward this end is my object in collecting the following pages. The life of a literary man interests and is of value to the world because of the literature he has created. Without a bibliography, without even mention of the works he wrote, his biography would be useless. To correct many untrue and misleading statements and inferences of a serious nature that have been published concerning him and his life, should it ever be undertaken, will prove a labour so difficult and thankless that it will scarcely be entered upon by one who would do it rightly. That it will not be hazarded comes, as I have said, from the fact that it is not needed, because neither Hearn himself, nor his real friends, nor again, a discriminating literary sense, have been, nor can be, under any illusion as to his "greatness." He has been spoken of as "a great man," which, of course, he was not. Two talents he had, but these were far from constituting personal greatness. Deprived by nature, by the necessities of his life, or by conscious intention, of religion, morality, scholarship, magnanimity, loyalty, character, benevolence, and other constituents of personal greatness, it is more than folly to endeavour to place him thus wrongly before the world... Continue reading book >>




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