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4/7/97Can anyone help me locate any references to dragonflies and Japanese culture in Hearn's writing? I know he has written on the subject but I can not seem to recall where. Any suggestions would be most welcome.


5/5/97Lafcadio Hearn wrote an essay on dragonflies which appeared in his "A Japanese Miscellany" (Little, Brown 1901).

4/15/97 Can anyone supply me with the quotation from Hearn's essay "The Nightmare Tough," in the Collected Works of Shelbourne Essays, related to the evolutionary development of the race and the way that fear is imparted to us? Thanks.


12/24/97 The passage to which you refer is found in Hearn's story, "Nightmare-Touch" which is found on pages 235-246 in his book "Shadowings", published by Little, Brown in Boston in 1900. It reads: "All fear is the result of experience,-experience of the individual or of the race,- experience either of the present life or of lives forgotten. Even the fear of the unknown can have no other origin. And the fear of ghosts must be a product of past pain."
Hearn then goes on to report on his experiences with fear and ghosts while he was a young child and cared for by his great aunt, Sarah Brenane in her Charles Adams-like mansion in Dublin.
Hearn completes the essay with this paragraph..."It may be doubted whether the phantasms of any particular nightmare have a history older than the brain in which they move. But the shock of the touch would seem to indicate some point of dream-contact with the total race-experience of a shadowy seizure. It may be that profundities of Self,--abysses never reached by any ray from the life of sun,--are strangely stirred in slumber, and that out of their blackness immediatly responds a shuddering of memory, measureless even by millions of years."
Woody Bates

Mound Builders
5/4/97 Can anyone tell me anything about a Hearn story called "The Mound Builders"? Thanks.


12/23/97 Lafcadio Hearn's "The Mound Builders" first appeared in the Cincinnati paper, The Commercial, dated April 24, 1876. It deals with Hearn's speculations on the origins of the strange, huge bas-relief earthen forms, shaped as serpents, birds, beasts, etc. found in Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Mississippi, Michigan and Iowa. His speculation inspires him to compare these forms with European "mounds" and even to theorize that perhaps they were connected in some way with the ancient legend of Atlantis. When one reads this article, it prompts thoughts of of Erich von Daniken and his speculation in his book "Chariots of the Gods" re: earth markings that he attributes to remnants of large airfields and landing sites for ancient astronauts.
Woody Bates

Hearn in Louisiana
5/20/97 Does anyone know of a good source to read regarding LH's time in New Orleans? Thanks!


12/22/97In my humble opinion the very best delineation of Lafcadio Hearn's experiences in New Orleans is found in the book "Lafcadio Hearn's American Days" by Edward Laroque Tinker, published by Dodd, Mead in 1924. Tinker had a keen knowledge of New Orleans which gives the coverage authenticity that another author may not have been able to achieve. This is a particularly good biographical study of Hearn's youthful days, spent in Cincinnati and New Orleans, covering a period of time when he was forming his ideas about the world around him and testing his writing in many creative ways. Tinker wrote another book about New Orleans entitled, "The Machiavellian Madam of Basin Street & Other Tales of New Orleans" in which one finds an essay on "Lafcadio Hearn and the Sense of Smell". This was published by Encino Press in Austin Texas in 1969.
Woody Bates

Hearn's Mother's Name
6/24/97Vera McWilliams biography, 1946, gives Lafcadio's mother's last name as Tessima. However, Jonathan Cott, 1990, writes of Rosa Antonia Cassimati. Which last name is correct? Thanks for your help.

Brad Hearn

6/25/97Carl Dawson, in 'Lafcadio Hearn and the Vision of Japan' (1992) says that Hearn's mother's name was Rosa Cassimati, and that Hearn's full name was Patrick Lafcadio (christened "Lefcadio") Tessima Carlos Hearn.).

Vera McWilliams
6/26/97 Author Vera McWillams (Lafcadio Hearn 1946) had an instructor that knew Lafcadio. Does anyone know how to contact her for more details? The outside jacket of her book also noted that her son attended the University of Michigan.

Brad Hearn

Charles and Alicia Hearn
6/26/97 Does anyone know anything of the family tree of Charles and Alicia Hearn's three daughters, Lafcadio's step sisters?

Brad Hearn

1/21/98 Hearn had three half-sisters: Elizabeth Sarah Maude, Minnie Charlotte and Posey Gertrude. According to their baptismal certificates Elizabeth Sarah Maude was born March 31, 1858 in Secunderabad, India; Minnie Charlotte was born April 17, 1859, also in Secunderabad and Posey Gertrude was born April 6, 1860 in Trimulgberry, India.
The three half-sisters were all daughters of Charles Bush Hearn and his second wife, Alicia Goslin Crawford (known as The Pocket Venus because of her petite beauty). They were married on July 17, 1857. Alicia died in India in 1861 and Charles Bush Hearn died November 21, 1866 in the Gulf of Suez.
Only two of these sisters married: Minnie Charlotte married Buckley Atkinson and by him had a son, Carleton and two daughters, Marjory and Dorothy. We believe Marjory was born in 1892 and Dorothy was born in March of 1894. There is a photo of Carleton Atkinson in the Nina Kennard biography, "Lafcadio Hearn" on page 318 and in that same book there is a photo of Dorothy on page 233.
Dorothy married a Basil Hearn and had a daughter by the name of Ethne. The other step-sister, we are not sure which, married a Mr. Brown. Elizabeth Sarah Maude, nicknamed "Lillah", came to America to meet and visit with Daniel James Hearn, Lafcadio's brother.
If anyone has further information on these half-sisters of Lafcadio, please let me know through this medium.
Woody Bates

2/5/98Woody Bates has it a bit wrong about relations to Lafcadio Hearn. The tree goes like this: Minnie Charlotte Hearn, half sister to LH married John Buckby Atkinson. they had 3 children including Dorothy, born 1894. She married Dr John Holmes, and they had 3 children, including Ethne, who married Basil Hearn (no relation) in 1947. they had 2 children, one of them Claudia, who married in 1974. That is me, so I should know! I believe this makes me a half great neice to LH. In fact it is my father, Basil, who is the most knowledgeable about LH in the family at present, but he is not on the internet. However, if anyone has any further family queries I will happily ask him and post replies on this board.
Claudia Wilcox

2/6/98Many thanks to Claudia Wilcox and Basil Hearn for clarifying and expanding the genealogy of the Charles Bush Hearn/Alicia Goslin Crawford descendents. This proves once again that the family Bible is more reliable than all the speculations by biographers et al.
Woody Bates

2/7/98My grandfather is James Daniel Hearn. I would like Claudia Wilcox to contact me. My husband and I met Basil and Ethne Hearn when we were in London in 1960. They were very kind to have us out to Sunday dinner. But we lost contact through the years. I have been collecting LH books for many years and have been working on Hearn genealogy. I'd like any family information to add to the family tree.
Margery Bebow in Michigan

Hearn's Haiku
6/29/97 Are there any of Hearn's haiku on the internet?

Antonis Soilemezis, Athens, Greece

7/9/97 As far as I know, Hearn did not write any haiku. However, he introduced some Japanese haiku in his works like Glimpses of unfamiliar Japan, Out of the East and so on. Now I am planning to introduce some of them on my home page.
Fukushima Daichi, Yokohama, Japan

Last vestiges of Lafcadio Hearn in Tokyo
10/19/97The last vestiges of Lafcadio Hearn in Tokyo, the home and gardens designed by his eldest son, Kazuo Koizumi, are about to be destroyed. A court decision on October 21, 1997, may turn both into a car lot. For more information, or to help in preservation, please contact: Ms. Tei Kobayashi and Mr. Dave Doering

Dave Doering

Lafcadio Hearn Homage
10/22/97Tei Kobayashi, who is fighting to preserve the Hearn house in Tokyo, will present "Lafcadio Hearn Homage," a performance /installation piece, from Oct. 25-Nov 9 at the Asiz Aoyama Gallery in Aoyama, as a part of Celtic Festival Japan '97. For details see the Celtic Festival Japan '97 pages.

Koizumi House Homepage
11/27/97There is now a homepage telling and illustrating the story of Tei Kobayashi's fight to preserve the Hearn house in Tokyo, at The final court decision will be Dec. 11, and there is a petition at the site.

Lafcadio Hearn Society
12/24/97 Can any one give me the address of the Lafcadio Hearn Society? I'd like to join. Thanks much!

Phil Leibfried

2/5/98There was, and may be still is, a LH Society in the States: Editor in chief, Professor Jon C Hughes, Dept of Comparative Literature, address: 69 University of Cincinatti, OH 45221. President, Sylvia Metzinger, Rare Books Librarian, Howard. Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University, New Orleans,LA 70118 - 5682.
Basil Hearn via Claudia Wilcox

2/7/98The Lafcadio Hearn Society/USA is not an active organization as such. There is no dues structure. The Society through its founders, in particular, maintains contacts with Hearn's descendants and family, with interested researchers and individuals who come to Cincinnati, and until quite recently, New Orleans, as well, and with those who write us from around the country and the world.
I view the Society as a clearinghouse of information. Feel free to contact me for reference assistance, via e-mail, regular post, or phone. If I do not know the answer, or cannot put my hands on it, hopefully, I can steer you in the right direction, to the party who may know the answer, if no one checking this bulletin board can.
I do maintain a mailing list for any future issues of Lafcadio Hearn Journal which may be published, as well as for possible notification of any Hearn-related events which might occur. The last two issues of the Journal were published in 1994 and 1995.
Also, I would like to announce that Sylvia Verdun Metzinger has just recently relocated from the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library at Tulane University in New Orleans, to the Rare Books and Special Collections Department of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 800 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202-2071, phone: (513) 369-6957, fax: (513) 369-3123, e-mail address:
This library maintains a large Hearn Collection which may hold the answer(s) to your query(ies).

Origins of Mimi-Nashi-Hôïchi
3/11/98 I read in one of LH biographies that this story was told by his Japanese wife (I can't recall the biographer at this moment). This biography, though, refers implicitly to a written form of this tale in Japanese, at the time of his wife's telling of the tale. In fact, the biographer notes, LH was adamant that his wife tell this tale without refering to these written texts.
Does anyone know which texts this biographers was talking about? Is this tale from one of the books LH mentions in his tiny preface to Kwaidan (Yaso-kidan, Bukkyo-Hyakkwa Zensho, Kokon Chomonshu, Tama Sudare, Haky Monogatari)?
And does anyone know of any other literary works which use this tale? I have been told that Mishima Yukio uses this tale in one of his novels, which I have not been able to find.

3/19/98On the origins or the written texts of Mimi-nashi-Houichi: It is said the "Biwa no hikyoku yuurei wo nakashimu" in "Gayuu-Kidan" is the written form of the tale. "Gayuu-Kidan" is ghost stories written in the Edo period (published in Tenmei 2 nen, 1782) . The Hearn-Bunko of Toyama University library has the "Gayuu-Kidan". That means Hearn and his wife Setsu had probably read it.You can easily locate the origins of Hearn's Japanese ghost stories, in the book shown at this Kodansha site (in Japanese).
Negishi Yasuko

3/31/98I've created a new site for Mimi-Nashi-Houichi. The URL is, and it includes the Japanese text of Gayuu-Kidan as images, so a Japanese-character browser isn't necessary.

Blind Singer in LH's work
3/11/98I have noticed the presence of a 'blind singer' in another book of LH's: 'Kokoro: Hints and Echoes of Japanese Inner Life'.
Does anyone know of any other places in LH's work where this ghostly figure of the blind singer emerge?

5/19/98My Grandmother is searching for a poem or short story by Hearn that she remembers from her childhood. She's pretty sure the title and subject had something to do with crickets? I've searched all over, and am coming up short. Any suggestions/ideas? Thank you -

Nick Chiarkas

5/20/98That sounds like Kusa-Hibari from Kotto, 1902. You can find it online at Scott Brown's Koizumi Yakumo Lafcadio Hearn Page: Kusa-Hibari.

Kwaidan at NYU
5/19/98Japanese Ghost Story Kwaidan. Friday, May 29th from 8 pm: Frederick Loewe Theater at NYU, 35 West 4th Street, NYC. Interactive Performing Arts with Computer and Live Music, Computer and Live Painting, and Dance. Japanese ghost story by Lafcadio Hearn (Yakumo Koizumi). Featuring works by Akiko Matsumoto in collaboration with: Ryoko Miyama, painter; Ken Hansen, tech; Moto Osada, Sepha, singers; Dan Gitlin, narrator; Muran Heo, drummer; Maiko Sakai, shamisen; Meredith Holch, mask maker; Takashi Hayashi, Tsuyoshi Kaseda, Kyoko Katsura, Megumi, Motoko Miyama, Ayumi Sakamoto, Michiyo Sato, Almando Tiarelpa, dancers; Miwa Akazawa, co-producer.

Akiko Matsumoto

Relative of Lafcadio Hearn
7/12/98One of my favorite elementary school teachers, Miss Eleanor Thorington Hearn, passed away last Wednesday (July 8, 1998) in a nursing facility here in Moble, AL. Miss Hearn was a native of the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Although she was reluctant to discuss her family history at length, she did tell me that she was a relation of Lafcadio Hearn. Does anyone have any information on this? BTW Miss Hearn will be buried from Little Flower Roman Catholic Church on Monday, July 13, 1998, at 9 a.m.

Frank J. McCloskey, Ed.D.

Hearn in Martinique
8/11/98I have heard that Hearn spent some time on the island of Martinique in the French West Indies, before settling in Japan. Is this true? If so, can anyone tell me anything about his sojourn there or point me to any references?

Robert Segelbaum

8/31/98In the summer of 1887 Hearn first went to the West Indies, at which time he visited a number of ports. After a brief return to New York City, he sailed to the islands a second time in October 1877. This time he settled in Martinique, where he stayed for a year and a half. He returned to the US in May 1889, where he remained until beginning his journey to Japan in March 1890.
Hearn published two books as a result of his stay in the tropics: Two Years in the French West Indies and Youma: The Story of a West Indian Slave. Both appeared in 1890, and were published by Harper and Brothers. (Both of these appear currently in Books in Print--check with your local book dealer). Recent biographies of Hearn, as well as earlier ones treat of this brief period, but no book of which I am aware concentrates on it. Volumes of his letters which have been published also contain correspondence from this time, and are most enlightening as to the man himself. (Again, check with your local book dealer under Hearn as a subject in Books in Print; there are a number of titles about the author available).
Sylvia Verdun Metzinger
Rare Books and Special Collections
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

Source of Hearn Quote?
8/17/98I found this interesting Lafcadio Hearn quote and I'd like to learn it's origin. Can anyone identify it for me?

"No man can possibly know what life means, what the world means, until he has a child and loves it. And then the whole universe changes and nothing will ever again seem exactly as it seemed before."
Thank you.
Mary T. Ryan
9/29/98I have tried to locate this quotation to no avail. It looks/sounds familiar to me. I seem to remember that Hearn wrote this to a friend or acquaintance shortly after the birth of his first son, Kazuo, in 1893.
Sylvia Verdun Metzinger
Head, Rare Books and Special Collections
The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

11/21/98I am a student doing a project about how Hearn was influenced by Darwin's theory, arguing that he took it to it's fullest extent, making no compromises or effort to smooth the edges of its harsh implications. I am studying Chita and a few works from An American Miscellany, such as Torn Letters. Does anyone have any ideas of what else I should be looking at? Also, how can I further describe how his writing about nature is different from that of his (American) contemporaries? Thank you,

12/5/98 Hearn's writing on Martinique contains a strong dose of Darwinian thinking, especially in regard to racial groups and racial intermixing. Hearn seems almost mesmerized by the causes and aesthetic potential in diverse human skin color, especially that of the Creoles of Martinique.

Hearn Exhibit
12/10/98A new exhibit about Lafcadio Hearn recently opened here at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. The traveling exhibit from NewSouth Japanese Magazine and Tulane University is also here. Our exhibit features primary research materials and other memorabilia from our collections, plus related exhibits about Japanese life and culture. We also have a new web page, part of our Rare Books and Special Collections Department page, and I wanted to recommend a link to that page: Please contact me if you have any questions.

Keith Kuhn

Koizumi Kazuo
12/23/98I'd very much appreciate any information on Koizumi Kazuo's life, especially up to around 1930, and then during the Pacific War. I have read Setsuko's recollections, and Kazuo's Father and I, and I know about the residence he constructed in Setagaya-ku in 1955. But that's about it. I'm especially interested in any insights into his experience as a person of "mixed race" during the early 20th century.


A.B. Mitford
1/19/99I am unfamiliar with Japanese printing but have a book written by A. B. Mitford issued by Jiujiya & Co. in 1892, entitled, "The Tale of Forty Seven Ronins." My question is, did Hearn use a "local" publisher in Japan, too? Also, does anybody know if Mitford & Hearn met? Thanks.

Edith Reynolds

Aging Sailors
3/17/99I am trying to find an essay or story in which Lafcadio Hearn details the aging of sailors, and how they seek the smell of the sea even when they are not near the ocean. Also a story or essay where he describes a sea-voyage and all the changes in the color of the ocean as he travels. Thank you.

Nick Ingram
4/7/99 - Hearn wrote an article which appeared in the New Orleans Daily City Item on September 1, 1880. A woodcut print accompanied it. It was entitled: "Sons of the Sea." The article and the cartoon were reprinted in "Creole Sketches." Perhaps this is the article which you are seeking. The article, however, does not mention sailors seeking the smell of the ocean when they are not near the sea. Rather it treats of the sailor's life: shore leave versus work on aboard ship. Perhaps the discussion of the aged sailor's longing for the smell of the sea actually appeared in the same essay about the hues of the ocean waves.
In the book "Two Years in the French West Indies" the first chapter (a full 20% of the the text) is entitled "A Midsummer Trip to the Tropics." Throughout this chapter Hearn discusses his excursion cruise to various islands in the West Indies, during the course of which he does mention the many different hues of the sea.
Also, I did remember that in discussing the Gulf of Mexico from the shore of Grand Isle in "Chita: a Memory of Last Island" Hearn specifically discussed colors: "Ever, as the sun floats higher, the flood shifts its color. Sometimes smooth and gray, yet flickering with the morning gold, it is the vision of John,--the apocalyptic Sea of Glass mixed with fire;--again with the growing breeze, it takes that incredible purple tint familiar mostly to painters of West Indian scenery;--once more under the blaze of noon, it changes to a waste of broken emerald."

Sylvia Verdun Metzinger
Manager, Rare Books & Special Collections
Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County

Hearn Home Demolished
4/3/99 - The webpage on the Hearn (Tokyo) home -- changed to one commemorating the home, which has been demolished -- has moved to

Dave Doering

A.B. Mitford Query (1/19/99)
4/7/99 - During Hearn's lifetime the only Japanese publisher that he used, according to "Lafcadio Hearn, a Bibliography of His Writings" by P.D. & Ione Perkins, was Takejiro Hasegawa of Tokyo. Hasegawa was the publisher of the "Japanese Fairy Tale Series" in which five of Hearn's renderings of fairy tales were published. Hearn did have minor contributions appearing in two of Basil Hall Chamberlain's books: "A Handbook for Travellers in Japan" and "Things Japanese," both of which were published in the Far East by Kelly & Walsh Limited.
I have checked the indexes of a few biographies of Hearn and have found no mention of Mitford.

Sylvia Verdun Metzinger

Ghostly Art?
4/23/99 - Can anyone tell me where this sentence comes from:

"There is something ghostly in all great art." (Lafcadio Hearn)
Bibliographical references would be welcome. Thanks
Romuald Brefuel
Ghostly Art
5/14/99 - Unfortunately, there are no concordances to the works of Lafcadio Hearn. Queries such as yours could be answered rather systematically if there were. This quote does not sound familiar to me; it would take an awful lot of digging to try to search it out. Hopefully someone who is familiar with the quote will read your query on the Bulletin Board in the near future. Good luck.
Sylvia Verdun Metzinger
The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

"The Future of the Far East"
6/25/99 - "In the case of Japan, I think, there is a possible danger, the danger of abandoning the old, simple, healthy, natural, sober, honest way of living. I think Japan will be strong as long as she preserves her simplicity. I think she will become weak if she adopts imported ideas of luxury."
A quote from Hearn's "The Future of the Far East". On Jan. 27, 1894, Hearn lectured before the students and faculty at Kumamoto High School. Later, probably in May or June of that year, at the request of the school publishing committee, Hearn prepared a draft of an abstract of the lecture, called "The Future of the Far East".
I've just received a copy of it from Momoi Yuichi-sensei, of Yonago, Japan, which I am posting here: Hearn's The Future of the Far East.

Lafcadio Hearn quoted by James Kilpatrick
6/26/99 - In a James Kilpatrick's column published in 1979 - 1981, I found a wonderful quotation from a letter written by Lafcadio Hearn to his publisher. Mr Hearn's publisher had urged him to write less colorfully (!) and his reply was four paragraphs talking about the power of words. Only a few phrases stick in my mind:
"the whispering of words," "the dream-drums of words," "the gold, the silver, the copper of words."
Does anyone have the entire quotation?

Susan A. Grace

9/29/99 - A few years ago I inherited a couple of Hearn's works, including a copy of Editorials (boxed 1st edition) and what appear to be 1st editions of Kokoro, Out of the East and Gleanings in Buddha-Fields (I am checking the information regarding the 1st editions from your website to make sure). The one item I could not find in your Bibliography is a small hard bound volume entitled Gibbetted (spelling may not be correct) which is a reprint of an article Hearn did from his viewing of a public execution. Is this volume a hoax or is it genuine? It's not in front of me now, but if necessary I can supply additional information regarding publisher, etc. As I recall, it was something of a limited printing out of San Francisco.
I must confess I have not read his works and know little, if anything of his background. I located a book in San Diego over this past weekend entitled Rediscovering Lafcadio Hearn which has re-kindled my interest. Any information, including range of value, would be appreciated.
Thank you,

Daniel A. Street

Greetings from Tokyo
10/3/99 - Hi, my name is Midori Saito, a graduate student of Tokyo University. I am in the second year of the Masters Course (comparative Literature), and now preparing a thesis on Lafcadio Hearn. (My research focuses on his Martinique period, mainly on the comparison of his work with the writings of Father Labat, Anthony Trollope, and Froude. Trollope and Froude were contemporaries of Hearn, and they wrote travel writings on the West Indies like Hearn: hence, by comparing with these writers, I would like to reveal Hearn's uniqueness in writing on the cultural otherness.)
To tell the truth, I was really amazed to find some people in the U.S. are still interested in Hearn's work. This May, I went to Cincinnati, Alderman Library (Virginia Univ.), New York, New Orleans, and Martinique, in order to do my research on Hearn; yet I had the impression that Hearn is scarcely known in these places. In Cincinnati, I became acquainted with Dr. Kinji Tanaka, the vice-president of Hearn Society; but he was also uncertain if there are any researchers in the U.S. still working on Hearn's work. If possible, I would really like to make contact with Hearn researchers in the U.S., and exchange opinions.

10/16/99 - Far from a hoax, Gibbeted is a reprinting of an article of Hearn's which first appeared in The Cincinnati Commercial on August 26, 1876. This article is represenatative of Hearn's journalism at that time. Other than the first and only book edition of the limited printing of 200 copies which you have, the article has only been reprinted one other time, of which I am aware. The latter was in Jon Christopher Hughes' Period of the Gruesome: Selected Cincinnati Journalism of Lafcadio Hearn (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1990 --now out-of-print). A copy of Gibbeted, with an inscription from the publisher, sold at auction in 1997 for $400.
Rediscovering Lafcadio Hearn is still in print in paperback format, and may be purchased as a new title. One can check with one's local book dealer.

Sylvia Verdun Metzinger
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

Hearn biography
10/24/99 - First, let me tell you that I am really impressed by your Hearn website. I am a Spanish translator who is now working in an anthology of Hearn's travel writings for a publisher in Barcelona. The anthology was my own idea, and it is difficult for me to express how much I am enjoying translating Hearn's beautiful prose.
Sometime in the late 80's I read with much pleasure Kwaidan, but I began exploring seriously Hearn's work only seven or eight years ago, when I learned from Richard M. Dorson's Folk Legends of Japan that Hearn was "a trustworthy guide into unfamiliar corridors of Japanese folk ideas". As I am primarily a folklorist, and Japan has always fascinated me, I bought the books recommended by Dorson, and was inmediately fascinanted by Hearn's depiction of Japanese folk culture, and by the narratives of his travels. It was then that I decided to compile a general anthology of Hearn's Japanese writings. In spite of my enthusiasm, only a few months ago I could find a publisher for my project. I had to limit it to the travel essays, but that is not too bad, as these essays contain all other aspects of Hearn's work.
The book, I hope, will be finished next spring, and will probably be published by the fall of 2000. The first of Hearn's books to be translated into Spanish was Kokoro. The translator was Julián Besteiro, who was later to become a prominent politician during the Republic (1931-1936). He was killed by the Franco regime after the Civil War, merely because he had been Speaker of the republican Parliament, though he had commited no crime. Kwaidan and The Romance of the Milky Way were translated in the 1920s, though these verisions were very bad. Kwaidan was retranslated in the 1980s, but that version it is now out of print. Shortly afterwards a new edition of Kokoro was published; I haven't seen it, but I suspect it is Besteiro's translation. I hope my anthology will attract some attention and encourage new Spanish editions of Hearn's books.
As for secondary literature, which of the several biographies of Hearn is the most trustworthy? I have Jonathan Cott's Wandering Ghost but in The Mirror and the Shrine Robert A. Rosentone recommends Elizabeth Stevenson's Lafcadio Hearn (New York, 1961). If anyone could offer me some orientation in this point I would be very grateful.

Jose M. de Prada

Hearn quotes: "A Conservative" and "Of the Eternal Feminine"
10/29/99 - I am translating a book from Japanese that includes quotes from Hearn's "A Conservative" and "Of the Eternal Feminine." The Hearn bibliography gives these essays as appearing only in T. Ochiai's 1933 collection, Japan and the Japanese. This book seems to be rare and impossible to track down. Does anyone know if the essays appeared somewhere more accessible? I'd like to use Hearn's own words rather than my translation of a translation. As an alternative, if you have these essays yourself, I could send you my version of the quotes and perhaps you could send me the precise wording of the original. This would be a great help.

Samuel L. Leiter, editor
Department of Theatre
Brooklyn College, CUNY, and the Graduate Center, CUNY
Brooklyn, NY 11210

Lafcadio Hearn quoted by James Kilpatrick
11/9/99 - I found the quotation I was looking for, which I will share with fellow Hearn fans. (It was in Kilpatrick's "The Writer's Art" column, circa 1981.)

From a letter to his editor at Houghton-Mifflin, who had complained of unfamiliar words in Hearn's writings from Japan:

"Because people cannot see the color of words, the tints of words, the secret ghostly motion of words;
"Because they cannot hear the whispering of words, the rustling of the procession of letters, the dream-flutes and dream-drums, which are thinly and weirdly played by words;
"Because they cannot perceive the pouting of words, the frowning and fuming of words, the weeping, the raging and racketing and rioting of words;
"Because they are insensible to the phosphorescing of words, the fragrance of words, the noisomeness of words, the tenderness or hardness, the dryness or juiciness of words — the interchange of values in the gold, the silver, the brass and the copper of words —
"Is that any reason why we should not try to make them hear, to make them see, to make them feel?"
— Lafcadio Hearn (1850 - 1904)
Susan Grace

Hearn title?
11/12/99 (10/16/99) - Can anyone suggest what the original title of a book by Hearn known in Japan as Eigo Kyoshi no Nikki Kara (literally, From the Diary of an English Teacher) might be? I suspect the original title is quite different, unless I've overlooked it.

Samuel L. Leiter, editor
Department of Theatre
Brooklyn College, CUNY, and the Graduate Center, CUNY
Brooklyn, NY 11210

libros de Lafcadio Hearn
11/12/99 - Poseo 3 libros de Hearn cuyos titulos son The Boy Who Drew Cats, The Old Woman Who Lost Her Dumpling, The Fountain Of Youth, los tres en estilo japones antiguo, en papel crepe con hojas dobles y dibujos hechos a mano en prensas de madera, quisiera saber si existe un lugar donde puedan valorar dichos libros?

[translation] I have three books by Hearn whose titles are The Boy Who Drew Cats, The Old Woman Who Lost Her Dumpling and The Fountain Of Youth, all three in old Japanese style, crepe paper with double leaves and handmade wood block prints. Do you know a place which can put a value on these books?
Mauricio Jimenez
San José, Costa Rica
America Central

Chin Chin kobakama
11/13/99 - Greetings from New Zealand.
I have found a small book printed on rice paper called "Chin Chin kobakama." This is an English translation by Lafcadio Hearn. It was published by Takejiro Hasegawa. I am hoping someone can e-mail me with the publication date.
Thank you

Hearn New Year's Special?
12/15/99 - A few years ago, TBS (I think) did a 4-part TV series "New Year's Special" about Hearn. Was it ever released on home video (VHS or DVD)?

Mike Cane

Source of Hearn Quote?
1/30/00 - To answer Mary T. Ryan's quote from Hearn: "No man can possibly know what life means..." is from a postscript of a letter from Hearn to Page Baker sent from Kobe in April 1895. [Bisland, Life and Letters, Vol. II, p. 256.]

Phil Leibfried

150th Anniversary of Lafcadio Hearn
2/11/00 - I am a member of The Japan-Ireland society of Kumamoto. This year is the 150th anniversary of Lafcadio Hearn's birth. He is a famous foreign writer of our country who understood the Japanese soul and wrote many old tales of the eastern world. About 110 years ago, he lived in Kumamoto city for two years, encouraged our young Japanese people by introducing the Japanese mind to Europe and North America. We will plan many projects such as symposia, public lectures, and so on to celebrate him in Kumamoto and other regions in Japan.


Seeking Original Source of Hearn Quote
3/7/00 - I came across a beautiful quotation attributed to Lafcadio Hearn in an old anthology. There was no attribution given this quote however, other than, "Lafcadio Hearn." I transcribed the quote, but unfortunately not the old tome in which it was discovered. Can anyone identify its original source?

The silence was so strange that I felt as if walking on the pavement of a church, and disturbing the religious quiet with my footsteps. I stopped before a great window — no glass, but iron bars only, — and behind the iron bars lay the only beautiful woman I saw in Havana by daylight. She could not have been more than eighteen, — a real Spanish beauty, — dark, bewitching, oval face with noble features, and long eyelashes resting on the cheeks. She was dead! All in white, — like the phantom bride of the German tradition, white robes, white satin shoes, and one white tropical flower in her black hair, shining like a star. I do not know what it was; but its perfume came to me through the window, sweet and strange.

Hugh Lindor
British Columbia, Canada

Lafcadio Hearn and Ireland
3/12/00 - I am an Irishman who has recently discovered Hearn, and the other day in town (Dublin) with my Japanese girlfriend, accidently came upon the house where Hearn was born, on what is now Gardiner Street. The house is in a lovely Georgian terrace, and currently operates as a guesthouse.
I am particularly interested in knowing where I might locate biographical data relating to Hearn's childhood and family in Dublin, and any films/documentaries relating to his life.

Malcolm MacClancy

Lafcadio Hearn and Ireland
3/21/00 - Further to Malcolm's question, I too as an Irishman would be interested to know more about his upbringing in Ireland and what we know about how it affected him and his writing. I believe he was born in Greece, not Ireland, but was raised there so I guess it must have had some impact on him. Did he consider himself Irish, as a matter of interest? Did he talk much about Ireland and in what terms? I've only discovered LH recently through my travels with work to Japan and I have to admit I'm fascinated to know more.

Peter Doyle

Lafcadio Hearn and the color blue
4/8/00 - Can you please tell me what the names of the book/books are where he speaks about the color blue so beautifully?

Emma Howard

The Mound Builders
4/12/00 - Does anyone have a copy of Hearn's story/article "The Mound Builders"? Some time ago Woody Bates said it first appeared in the Cincinnati paper, The Commercial, dated April 24, 1876. If you can send me a scan, fax, hard copy... (anything!) please let me know. Thanks,

The anniversary of Lafcadio Hearn's birth
4/28/00 - The Japan-Ireland Society of Kumamoto. Our society was founded 8 years ago by professors, writers, local newspaper jounalists, and other related people after a six-month-long festival honoring Lafcadio Hearn. The following year, many of his admirers visited Ireland and were warmly welcomed by Mr.Ronan, former ambassader to Japan. When they returned, they decided to found a society in Kumamoto to honor Lafcadsio Hearn.
The 150 members of the Society sponsored citizen lectures for two years, published articles, and sponsored tours of Ireland. Lafcadio Hearn lived in Kumamoto (southern part of Japan, in Kyusyu island) about 110 years ago and encouraged young Japanese people by introducing Japanese culture to Europe and North America. This year (2000) is the 150th anniversary of Lafcadio Hearn's birth. We formed a committee for the 150th Anniversary and have planned many projects.

  1. June 27 - Lafcadio Hearn's birthday ceremony.
    Launch of the committee in his old residence in Kumamoto.
    Citizen participation in talking about "Lafcadio Hearn and I"
    First day of open lectures "Hearn and Kumamoto"
  2. July 1 to 9 - Ireland tour: Together with Seiwa Village bunraku (ancient Japanese doll play performed by farmers) troupe.
  3. In August - Symposium in Misumi Town: "Hearn and his encouragement of Misumi"
  4. September 26 - Anniversary of Lafcadio Hearn's death
    Recital of "KWAIDAN"
  5. October 9 - International symposium: Hearn's legacy and Japan's direction in the 21st Century.
  6. November 4 to 23 - Opening of Fifth Higher School Ceremonial Hall at Kumamoto University.
  7. November 8 to 13 - Ireland Products and Culture fair at Tsuruya Department Store.
  8. November 19 - Hearn's book recital by high school and junior high school pupils.
We will announce more about the 150th anniversary of Lafcadio Hearn's birth after deciding the details of the festivities.

Lefkadio Hearn Anniversary in Greece
5/18/00 - I have found that to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Lefkadio Hearn on the Island of Lefkada (Lefkas) in Greece, the Lefkada Cultural Association will be holding a seminar at the Lefkada Cultural Centre at 6.00 pm on Saturday 17 June. The speaker will be Mr Akio Inagaki, the grandson of Lefkadio Hearn.
This will be followed at 7.30 pm by the opening at the cultural centre of a one month exhibition of pictures of Lefkadio.
At 9.00 pm there will be a performance of Japanese opera by Yasuhiko Idane in Ag. Ioannis Square.
Enquiries can be sent to:

Mr Kyriakos Sfetsas
Cultural Director of Lefkada Council
Tel: Greece (0645) 26635 or 26711.
Fax: Greece (0645) 26715

Lafcadio Stock
6/10/00 - Japan Times

Toki Koizumi, 75, grandson of Lafcadio Hearn, and his wife, Hisako, pay homage to the Irish writer at his grave in Tokyo on Friday, the 150th anniversary of Hearn's birth, as Eamon O Cuiv (far left), Irish minister of state for arts and heritage, looks on. Hearn, better known in Japan as Yakumo Koizumi, is widely credited with giving many contemporary Westerners the first glimpse of this country in the Meiji Era. YOSHIAKI MIURA PHOTO

The Mound Builders
6/10/00 - I've managed to locate a copy of Hearn's "The Mound Builders" article from The Commercial, April 24, 1876 (in Peter Haining's "The Ancient Mysteries Reader," Doubleday 1975, pp 50-57). Here it is.


Gleanings from a Buddha field
7/6/00 - In "Gleanings from a Buddha field" written in the 1890's Lafcadio Hearn tells the story of a living god. He had saved a village from destruction by a tidal wave and the villagers made him a living god. Hearn said he deserved this. I found this mildly shocking but can you imagine what people in Ireland would have made of this in the 1890's?


7/25/00 - I've seen reference to a story by Lacadio Hearn in which he describes Shinkoro, or Horia. I am wondering if anyone knows where I could find this story. Thanks.

Giant's Stride
8/7/00 - Looking for the rules of the game Giant's Stride, possible cause of Lafcadio's partial blindness.


Genealogy - Lafcadio Hearn
8/16/00 - I've just "discovered" this web site. I am mildly surprised to note all this activity concerning my [great, grand-uncle?]. My parents, now dead, had once mentioned him as an "unusual" ancestor. This, from them, would have been over 35 years ago.
Do you know of anyone who was/is doing a family tree that I could get in contact with?

Barry Hearn

Hearn Genealogy
8/21/00 - I've been working on Hearn genealogy for a number of years. I would be happy to share the information I've collected. My grandfather is James Daniel Hearn, brother to Lafcadio Hearn. The farthest back most researchers have gone is Daniel Hearn (1693-1766), Archdeacon of Cashel, Dublin, Ireland.

Margery Bebow

Shioya Country Club?
9/5/00 - Is anybody able to help me to find any information about the Shioya Country Club? It is located at James Yama, a hill where still only foreigners may live. Living here and feeling the past with every move I make with my children, looking at old houses that tell stories themselves, there must have been a great past. How can I get a copy of "Shades of the Past" by Harold S.Williams O.B.E., and how do I find people who have lived here?
The history I found started around 1920 when Ernest W.James of Kobe, son of Captain James who came with his wife to Kobe in 1883. His father was a master mariner and Inland Sea pilot. Earnest James was born in Kobe in 1889, and was educated at the English Mission School. The Shioya Club was founded by him in 1934. How can I track people that have lived here on their Expatriate assignments? Anybody with any ideas? Have been to Matsue... if people on their way their come through Kobe, please stop by at our home in Shioya.


Kuwata Masakazu?
9/19/00 - Can anyone help me to find information about Kuwata Masakazu, who illustrated Hearn's "Miminashi Houichi" ?


Lafcadio Hearn etc!
10/1/00 - I am related to LH through my maternal grandmother, whose grandmother, Jane Hearn was LH's aunt, so that I am LH's 1st cousin 3 times removed. I am interested in any biographical and genealogical information on, in particular, Lafcadio Hearn's Japanese family, and his ancestors, details of which I lack. I have some information on more recent Hearn relatives and am willing to share any information I do have. I also have other relatives in different parts of the world to whom I can refer queries. The information on this webpage has already answered many questions!!

Hearn family history?
10/3/00 - Can some one help me? My name is Yvonne, daughter of William John Hearn, from South Wales U.K. I need to find more history of my family, as I know very little. My grandfather, who I think may have been a Hearn, worked away a lot. I'm confused because my grandmother was called Mary Esther Vaughan, so if my grandfather was not a Hearn, where do I come from?

Yvonne Hearn

Greetings from Paris
12/4/00 - My name is Arlette. I am a French West Indian from Martinique and have been living near Paris. Looking for some elements of Hearn's biography for a postcard presentation about Saint-Pierre, I was amazed and delighted to find such information about him. I read the French translation of his books about his West Indian period, and I think that he loved our great grandparents and was loved, as loved as Mr. Frank A. Perret, an American vulcanologist who created a museum in Saint-Pierre. His descriptions are accurate when he writes about things and landscapes and sympathetic when he speaks of people.
As for a comparison between Father Labat and Mr. Hearn, Father Labat, a Dominican monk, professed a business Catholicism. He considered things and people, following their use. In his books, which must be used cautiously, there are a lot of mistakes, prejudice and hardness. Lafcadio Hearn was not prejudiced against anything.
Two bits of information : 1) When Saint-Pierre was destroyed in May 1902, the Japanese Emperor sent money to help this tiny island, yet located in the other side of the world. 2) Mr. Hearn's name was given to a little marketplace in Fort-de-France, the main town of Martinique. There you can buy fruit and vegetables from saleswomen. Some of them still use the "tray" described by Mr. Hearn.

Arlette Hierso Sastre

Two Years in the French West Indies
12/20/00 - A new edition of Hearn's Two Years in the French West Indies, with a foreword by Martinican novelist Raphael Confiant, is now available in the 'Lost and Found' classic travel writing series. Containing engravings and appendices from the 1890 edition, it is available as a paperback. The book is published by Signal Books (Oxford, UK) and Interlink Publishing Group (New York). For further information, please contact (European and all non-North American sales) or (North America).

James Ferguson
Signal Books, Oxford

Hearn's house in Dublin?
2/22/01 - Please let me know the location of Lafcadio Hearn's house in Dublin. I am planning to visit it during my trip to Ireland. Thank you for your kind attention.

Ms. Emiko Yamato

Insects and Birds?
3/4/01 - A friend of mine told me that Hearn published a book entitled "Insects and Birds", but so far I have not had any luck in finding any information about it. Could anybody give me a help?


Insects and Greek Poetry
3/9/01 - There is a book published in 1926 called "Insects and Greek Poetry". It is lecture given by Lafcadio Hearn to his Japanese students published by William Rudge. It is only 24 pages and only 550 copies were published. This may be to what your friend was referring.

Margery Bebow

Hearn's house in Dublin
3/16/01 - In regard to the Dublin addresses of L. Hearn, the Hearn houses are at 21 Leinster Square (1852-53) and 3 Prince Arthur Terrace (1853-55). The plaque outside 21 Leinster Square is inaccurate. In 1852, 21 Leinster Square is now the house which is numbered 30 Leinster Square. So, if you want to really see the Hearn house look at 30 Leinster Square. A helpful book is "Irish Writing on Lafacdio Hearn and Japan" edited by Sean G. Ronan, published by Global Oriental, 1997.

Michael Ross

Insects and Birds
3/16/01 - There is no book by Hearn "Insects and Birds", but there is the 1926 book titled "Insects and Greek Poetry", which was a Hearn lecture. There are of course insect studies found in several Hearn books, most notably "Semi" in Shadowings (1900) and three insect studies at the end of Kwaidan (1904). There are several writings that deal with birds by the "Raven", among them are, "The Bird Wife" (in Stray Leaves...) and "The Bird and the Girl" (in Fantastics). Even his Japanese crest was a heron...

Michael Ross

Hearn's half-sisters
4/7/01 - Some time ago, someone was asking about Lafcadio’s half-sisters. The youngest, Posey, was married at St Anne, Kew, on 15 Aug. 1895 to Harold Holgate Brown, 2nd son of the late James Taylor Brown, vicar of Holy Trinity, Preston, Lancs. Harold was b. at Nayland, Suffolk, in late 1865. He was a journalist in the South African War -- it is thought The Times’ special correspondent who was taken prisoner by the Boers in June 1900 on suspicion of spying but released a few days later. Family lore has it that he died of TB that year, possibly in South Africa. I haven’t been able to confirm it, nor to find a date of death for Posey. I believe they had no children.
As far as I know, the only reason for choosing to get married in Kew was that Harold’s younger brother Cecil had married there a year earlier. Posey had been an orphan since early childhood; Harold’s mother was still alive but took no interest in her children, most of whom were in the south of England.
Incidentally, Charles Bush Hearn died of fever aboard the SS Mula on 21 Nov. 1866. Probate was granted the following March to Richard Holmes Hearn of Paris and Dublin, who I believe was his brother. Does anyone know who gave a home to the three girls after the ship reached Britain?

Hugh Casement

Has Hearn exerted any influence on the literary world of the U.S. or U.K.?
5/15/01 - Greeting from Japan! My name is Kyoko Katagiri, a graduate student at Tohoku University in Japan. I am in the first year of the Master's Course (Graduate School of International Cultural Studies), preparing a thesis on Lafcadio Hearn. I wonder how his works on Japan have been read or evaluated in Europe and America. What influence have they exerted on the literary world in Europe and America? I am looking for any books or papers handling this question. If anyone could furnish information, I would very much appreciate it.

Clarence Ramiel McGehee?
5/28/01 - Clarence Ramiel McGehee, who later worked in the US as an editor and book designer, maintained that he lived with the Hearn family after Lafcadio's death, probably between 1906 and 1909. I'm wondering if anyone might have found anything on this and if he might have helped out by editing some works since he did know enough Japanese not to die of hunger. I don't know if he could read or write it but he could translate orally.

Many thanks,
Amy Conger

e-mail wasn't working
6/13/01 - Sorry! If you sent mail to the Bulletin Board during the past week, 6/6 - 6/13 - please send it again - the mail seems to have gotten lost!


Hearn back in Dublin 2001
6/20/01 - Hello all! I work for a Production Company in Dublin. At present we are helping to promote a Japanese Theatre Company who are bringing a production over here to Dublin in October 2001. The play is based on part of Hearn's life in Japan. It will be performed in Japanese with English surtitles. Prior to coming to Dublin they will also be performing in London. This will be a great experience for all Hearn enthusiasts, if anyone would like further information you can e-mail me, Victoria Lee at

"Chita" question
6/23/01 - Can someone help with this? The bibliography at this site shows that first printings of Chita have the dedication to Rodolfo Matas. My copy of Chita has the dedication but not the date on the title page (does have the 1889 on copyright page). My understanding is that before 1911 Harper's put the date on both pages for first editions. Is this an exception to that? Thanks for any help.

Alex Henzel

"Chita" question
7/7/01 - P.D. and Ione Perkins indicate that there were ten reprintings of Chita by Harper & Bros., after an initial first printing of 2000 copies in September 1889. I have checked our library's several printings of Chita. Two of our printings have later dates (1902 & 1905) on the title page with the Copyright 1889 on the verso (back) of the title page.
Another copy has key initials on the lower part of the verso of the title page. This was the two letter code which Harper's instituted in 1912. The first alpha character represented the month and the second represented the year. If your copy should have this code, it is definitely not a first printing. If your does have this code, you can e-mail me directly and I will let you know the month and the year of publication based on the key code.
Unfortunately, Perkins does not mention the various color of the covers of the later reprintings. The one which we have that has no date at the foot of the title page has a green cover. The first printing is in reddish-brown cloth, with a decorative design in buff which is outlined in black. Chita on the cover is in gold letters outlined in black. According to Perkins the first printing does have the date at the foot of the title page.
This is surely not a definitive answer, but it may provide some clues for comparison with your copy.

Sylvia Verdun Metzinger
Manager, Rare Books & Special Collections
Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County
800 Vine St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202-2071
Phone/voice mail: (513) 369-3130
Dept. phone: (513) 369-6957
Fax: (513) 369-3123
Web Site:

Hearn Lecture Program -

Three Perspectives of the Journalist and Author

Sunday July 29, 2001
1:15 - 4:45 pm
Main Public Library
Huenefeld Tower Room

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County in conjunction with Yakumokai (the Hearn Society of Japan), the Japan-Ireland Society of Kumamoto, and the Japan Research Center of Greater Cincinnati, is pleased to present an afternoon of lectures on Lafcadio Hearn, journalist and author.

Greeting and Introduction:

  • Dean Gary Eith, Chairman, Japan Research Center of Greater Cincinnati and President, Lafcadio Hearn Society/USA
  • Professor Kenji Zenimoto, President, Yakumokai
Lectures & Speakers:
  • Lafcadio Hearn at the Cincinnati Enquirer: Owen Findsen, writer and retired Cincinnati Enquirer journalist.
  • Hearn and Dreams: Dr. Alan Rosen, Foreign Lecturer in English, Kumamoto University.
  • Lafcadio Hearn: One Librarian’s Interpretation: Sylvia Verdun Metzinger, Manager, Rare Books and Special Collections.

For information, call (513) 369-6957.
The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
800 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

The Main Library is an accessible facility. Interpreter for the hearing impaired available upon request. Please call the ADA Coordinator at (513) 369-4406 (TDD 513-369-4409) at least one week before the program.

Sylvia Verdun Metzinger

Hearn's energy
7/9/01 - The Japan-Ireland Society of Kumamoto is mentioned above. I think there is also a branch of that in Matsue where Hearn lived for a little over a year. His great-great(?) grandson Bon Koizumi, is curator of the museum and house where Hearn lived. If you get a chance, go see it. Really nice. Also, according to Mr. Koizumi, the Hearn family comes from Co. Waterford, Ireland. There are plenty of Hearns there. I think he has been there to visit. Anyway, some of my family come from there as well and some of them married Hearns. So, I joked with him, "Hey maybe we're related!" He didn't seem to think it was very funny.
What really strikes me is all of the writing and all of the detail he wrote about in "Unfamiliar Glimpses..." about Matsue and the surrounding area. He met so many people and got around a lot. He must have had incredible energy and an incredible desire to write. It's a real joy to read about places and history that we can actually visit and see because some of them have changed so much but you can still find some remnants of what he writes about.

Tim Wiltshire

Hearn's Disenchantment with Kumamoto
9/1/01 - I read in a local (Kumamoto) newsletter that Hearn did not like Kumamoto and was happy to leave. According to the article, he felt the city was ugly (he was here not too long after the last Japanese civil war) and the men brutish to their wives. Apparently these opinions were written in letters to friends and others. I've searched some of his better-known books but can't find any such sentiments. Unfortunately the author of the article has returned to her home country, address unknown, so I can't ask her. Do any of you have information on this?

Yuki Morita

Any Hearn descendants in Ireland?
9/21/01 - I was just wondering if there are any descendants of the Hearn family left in Ireland. Even if it is a cousin 12 times removed!! A Japanese theatre company are bringing over a play to Dublin in October concerning Hearn. I would like to hear from any one who has connections with Hearn within Ireland if they would be interested in this forth-coming event. Many thanks. My email address is

Victoria Lee

Two Years in the French West Indies
10/5/01 - Announcing a new edition of Hearn's Two Years in the French West Indies from Signal Books, UK. Foreword by Raphael Confiant. 384 pp, 20.3 cm, Lost and Found Series, No. 1, line drawings, B&W photos.

James Ferguson
Signal Books Ltd.
36 Minster Road
Oxford OX4 1LY, UK
tel/fax +44 (0)1865 724856

Hearn copyright?
10/6/01 - I am currently doing some research into Hearn for a potential television documentary that my production company is interested in filming. I need to have copyright clearance for this project, and I am wondering if anyone knows if there is a Lafcadio Hearn Estate, or are all his writings and copyrighted information the domain of individual publishing companies?

Mark Hemmings

Chita / St. Malo Story / Rodolfo Matas
12/19/01 - I am interested in information on the book Chita that was written after Hearn visited the St. Malo Filipino settlement south of New Orleans. He wrote an article in Harpers' Weekly, March 1883, which I've posted on my homepage: St. Malo Story.
His meeting with the Manilamen might have started his fascination with the Japanese culture. I have not read Chita, but I was told that he used Filipino words, e.g. "maganda" for pretty girls, etc. I am wondering who is Rodofo Matas who the book was dedicated to. Did any of his other writings have connection with the people from the Philippines?

Rodolfo Matas
12/23/01 - Rudolph Matas (1860-1957) was an authority on the science of surgery and anesthesiology. He was a teacher at Tulane University for 32 years after he graduated from the university in 1880. After that he was president of International Society of Surgery.
At the end of 1883, Matas formed a friendship with Hearn who was a reporter for Times Democrat at that time. Hearn collected Creole cultural materials from him.
Matas mentioned the friendship between Hearn and him in a pamphlet "The Dedication of the Lafcadio Hearn Room of the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library and Inauguration Dinner of the Lafcadio Hearn Society" (New Orleans, 1941). Incidentally, Hearn wrote to Matas from French West Indies, but Matas refused to make the letters public. Today we can read them in "Newly Discovered Letters from Lafcadio Hearn to Dr. Rudolph Matas," Studies in Arts and Cultures (Ochanomizu University), VIII.

Well Of Israel
2/21/02 - Can you tell me whether Lafcadio Hearn refers in any of his writings to "The Well Of Israel" in Japan? If so, would you be so kind as to send me a quote on this subject, with source? Thank you for your attention to this.

Al Pate

The Raven
2/21/02 - The Raven newsletter welcomes articles etc. on Hearn. We cannot pay, but contributors will receive a free subscription upon sending me their postal details.

Book Wanted
2/21/02 - Book wanted: Roger Pulvers: "The Dream of Lafcadio Hearn" (in English)?

Re Lafcadio Hearn's descendants in Japan:
2/25/02 - My husband was stationed in Japan in 1960 and visited Hearn's home and garden. He was told that "Hearn had been interned by the Japanese during WWII." That, of course, is impossible since Hearn died in '04. Could it have been one of his descendants who was interned as a 'foreign risk' by the gov't. then? Thanks for any light you may shed!

Jean Neely

Re Lafcadio Hearn's descendants in Japan:
3/5/02 - Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904) was naturalized as a Japanese in 1895. After his death, in 1915, the Japanese Government praised him for his great contribution to Japan, and awarded a honored decoration to him.
Hearn's first son Kazuo Koizumi (1893-1965) mentioned that he was teased about his mixed race in his childhood, but the Japanese Government never did intern his descendants as a "foreign risk" during the Second World War.

Lafcadio Hearn Society of Matsue Japan URL
3/13/02 - Hello fellow Hearnians,
This is the URL for the Lafcadio Hearn Society of Matsue Japan:
Many things need to be improved and updated but we would appreciate any comments or advice!

Rodger Williamson
Developer of the Yakumokai Webpage
The Hearn Society of Matsue, Japan

Hearn's mother
3/19/02 - I understand that Lefcadio Hearn's mother was Greek. Do you know her family name?

Haris Golemis
from the archives:

Hearn's Mother's Name
6/24/97Vera McWilliams biography, 1946, gives Lafcadio's mother's last name as Tessima. However, Jonathan Cott, 1990, writes of Rosa Antonia Cassimati. Which last name is correct? Thanks for your help.

Brad Hearn

6/25/97Carl Dawson, in 'Lafcadio Hearn and the Vision of Japan' (1992) says that Hearn's mother's name was Rosa Cassimati, and that Hearn's full name was Patrick Lafcadio (christened "Lefcadio") Tessima Carlos Hearn.).

Hearn's Disenchantment with Kumamoto (see above)
3/21/02 - The following is a part of Hearn's letter addressed to Sentaro Nishida on 19th Feb., 1893.

"— You wonder why I hate Kumamoto. Well, firstly, because it is modernized. And then I hate it because it is too big, and has no temples and priests and curious customs in it. Thirdly, I hate it because it is ugly. Fourthly I hate it because I am still a stranger in it, — and perhaps because I can't get literary material. But Settsu [sic] made me post my letters of application in the table-drawer and wait. She says it is better to stay here another year or two, — that it might be much worse elsewhere. Perhaps she is right. She thinks, like you do, that the only trouble is I can't understand these people."
Quoted from: — Sanki Ichikawa (ed.), Some New Letters and Writings of Lafcadio Hearn. Tokyo: Kenkyusha, 1925. p.81.

Lafcadio Hearn and Arthur Waley books for sale, including many early first editions
3/26/02 - I have listed for auction on eBay about 50 lots of books by & about Hearn and Waley. The listings may be accessed through interactive virtual bookshelves at the following URLs:

Michael F. Wasserman
Attorney at Law
641 Indiana Ave NW Fl 2
Washington, DC 20004-2906
(202) 393-5900, -5960

Hearn Exhibit and Event at the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, The University of Alabama
4/2/02 - Lafcadio Hearn/Koizumi Yakumo at the Hoole Special Collections Library

W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library
Mary Harmon Bryant Hall, 2nd Floor
500 Hackberry Lane on the University of Alabama campus
Thursday, April 11, 2002
4:30 p.m - 6:30 p.m.

For more information contact
Jessica Lacher-Feldman, 205.348.0500

The W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library will host a reception, talk, and a reading of Lafcadio Hearn's version of the Japanese folktale "The Eater of Dreams" (Baku). Catherine Oshida, Instructor in Japanese at the University of Alabama will read and explain this tale of the creature that "will change the misfortune or the fear into good fortune and gladness." Koichi Oshida will complement the English language reading with a reading in Japanese. In addition, Dr. Richard Collins from the Department of English at Xavier University in New Orleans will present a talk, "Lafcadio Hearn's Southern Decade".
There will also be an exhibit of works from the Lafcadio Hearn Collection at the Hoole Library, as well as a second exhibit of Japanese kimono. This event is free and open to the public.

Jessica Lacher-Feldman, MA, MLS, CA
Public & Outreach Services Coordinator/Instructor
The W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library
Box 870266
University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0266 USA

Hearn's Estrangement with Japan
4/10/02 - With regard to Hearn's estrangement with Japan, it is important to keep in mind that he was an eccentric. We know that he had difficulty in maintaining close personal relationships, and the rocky nature of his professional relationships are well documented (e.g., his squabbles at Tokyo Imperial University).
Although he is remembered and loved by many for the rich and beautiful character of his literary legacy, at the personal level he had many problems in dealing with other human beings. Also, he was not a healthy person. His health was rather frail from childhood.
I have been fascinated with Hearn for nearly 40 years. I have all his Japan writings in Japanese and English. His short stories about Japan are my all-time favorites. He certainly did have a certain amount of genius.
When I was in Japan, I used to ask primary school students: Have you ever heard of Koizumi Yakumo?" Most children recognize his name and many can tell you something about him. After being gone for nearly 100 years, to still have such name recognition!
In August 1997, I led a group of friends called the Tanuki Club on a Mt. Fuji climb to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Hearn's Fuji climb. The night before the climb, we gathered at a Lake Yamanaka hostel and read Hearn's impressions (both Japanese and English versions) on this awesome mountain from exactly 100 years earlier.

Rodney Dorsey
Dhurakit Pundit University
Bangkok, Thailand

Hearn's influence on the literary world of the U.S. or U.K.?
4/13/02 (5/15/01)- I'm a graduate student at Tohoku University in Japan, in the first year of the Master's Course (Graduate School of International Cultural Studies), preparing a thesis on Lafcadio Hearn. I wonder how his works on Japan have been read or evaluated in Europe and America. What influence have they exerted on the literary world in Europe and America? I am looking for any books or papers handling this question. If anyone could furnish information, I would very much appreciate it.

Kyoko Katagiri

Hearn's mother
5/16/02 - Although Hearn's mother is usually refered to as Greek, I have read in one reference that she may have been partly Maltese. I have also noticed in the pamphlet given out at the Hearn museum in Matsue that his mother made a stop in Malta on her way to Ireland with Lafcadio. Does anyone have any information on Hearn's possible connection with Malta?

John H. Borg

Kwaidan -- Limited Edition
5/24/01 - In the event that anyone is interested, I am selling a limited edition #1062, "Kwaidan - Stories and Studies of Strange Things" on Ebay, this week. This fine book is probably one of the few that has survived.

Three universities launch online database on Hearn
7/5/02 - (Japan Times)
MATSUE, Shimane Pref. (Kyodo) Three public universities have launched a joint online database featuring the collected works and materials of the writer Lafcadio Hearn, who introduced Japan to the Western world through his literature.
The database, accessible to the public, is the first to compile the works of Hearn (1850-1904), who is known in Japan as Koizumi Yakumo, according to officials at Shimane University, which helped create the database.
Information on Hearn, the Greek-born, Dublin-raised son of an Anglo-Irish surgeon major in the British army and a Greek mother, had been scattered around various locations, mostly libraries.
The project was launched in 1999 with funding from the education ministry and involves Shimane University, Toyama University and Kumamoto University.
The database features about 30,000 Hearn-related pieces, including magazine articles about him, his manuscripts and his written works owned mostly by public and private universities nationwide, according to the officials.
They plan to include in the database materials owned by private scholars.
Hearn's great-grandson, Bon Koizumi, an assistant professor at Shimane Women's College, hopes the Web site will broaden readership of Hearn's works.
A key historical figure in Japan, Hearn is particularly well-known in Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, where a memorial museum is named after him and his residence is preserved.

The Web site can be accessed at (in Japanese)

Hearn treatise on perfumes
7/6/02 - Has anyone ever found Lafcadio Hearn's elusive treatise on perfumes? It is mentioned in Tinker's "American Days" and by Eugene Field in "The Love Affairs of a Bibliomaniac" (1896). Field (of "Winken, Blinken and Nod" fame), writes that it was a privately published limited edition of 50 copies, and the book is rarely met with. This book may be a phantom, but I still keep searching. Any clues out there?

Michael Ross

Hearn's "romance of the word" ?
8/19/02 - CAN ANYONE HELP? I am looking for a passage contained within one of Hearn's writings which refers to what he calls 'the romance of the word,' in which he discusses the beauty of WORDS.
One reference I can recall is the sentence in part which says "The rocking of words, the raging of words"
I realise this is a very meagre selection but I am very enthusiastic to read the part in full and in context.
If anyone knows the title of the book in which this appears or knows anything which may assist me in discovering more about this particular passage I would appreciate your response.

Tony Robinson
Perth, Western Australia

Lafcadio Hearn program in New Orleans
8/28/02 - A program about Lafcadio Hearn is planned for Sept. 19, 2002, in New Orleans. Simon Bronner, author of "Lafcadio Hearn's America" will give a lecture under the auspices of the Louisiana State Museum. The talk will be at 7 p.m. at Madame John's Legacy, an 18th century Creole house (now a museum property) in the French Quarter, 6332 Dumaine Street. Bronner's book is described this way: It "collects Hearn's stories of vagabonds, river people, mystics, criminals, and some of the earliest accounts available of black and ethnic urban folklife in America. He was a frequently consulted expert on America during his years in Japan, and these editorials reflect on the problems and possibilities of American life as the country entered its greatest century."

Simon Bronner Lecture
September 19, 2002 - 7:00 pm
Madame John's Legacy
6332 Dumaine Street
New Orleans

For more information, contact the museum at 1-800-568-6968, 1-504-568-6968, or the website,
Harriet Swift
New Orleans

In a Japanese Garden
9/5/02 - I am writing a biography of the potter Bernard Leach who went to Japan in 1909 inspired by the writings of Lafcadio Hearn. I am trying to trace a quote by Hearn 'a Japanese garden is a landscape garden, yet its existence does not depend upon any fixed allowance of space'. The only reference I have is 'In a Japanese Garden'. Do you know if this was an essay, and if so any details of publication? Any help much appreciated.

Emmanuel Cooper

In a Japanese Garden
9/15/02 - You can find "In a Japanese Garden" in several books,- the first being "Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan" 1894 (vol. 2); and more recently in "Writings From Japan" edited by Francis King, Penguin Books, 1984. The original article appeared in Atlantic Magazine, July 1892, vol. 71, pp. 14-33.

Michael Ross

In a Japanese Garden: At this site in a single file, html format.

In a Japanese Garden
9/16/02 - If anyone wants "In a Japanese Garden" online, you can get the Atlantic Monthly through the Making of America website at Cornell University. The following link will get you to the article: In a Japanese Garden.

John Kelly
New Orleans

[see Negishi Yasuko's Lafcadio Hearn: "In a Japanese Garden"]

Lafacdio Hearn in the Atlantic Monthly

online at Cornell University's Making of America website

  1. About Faces in Japanese Art, August 1896, Volume 78, Issue 466, pp. 219-227
  2. After the War, November 1895, Volume 76, Issue 457, pp. 599-605
  3. At Grande Anse, November, 1889, Volume 79, Issue 474, pp. 844-857
  4. At Hakata, October 1894, Volume 74, Issue 444, pp. 510-514
  5. At the Market of the Dead, September 1891, Volume 68, Issue 407, pp. 382-389
  6. The Chief City of the Province of the Gods, November 1891, Volume 68, Issue 409, pp. 621-635
  7. China and the Western World, April 1896, Volume 77, Issue 462, pp. 450-465
  8. Chita. A Memory of Last Island. A Novelette, April 1888, Volume 76, Issue 455, pp. 733-767
  9. Dust, November 1896, Volume 78, Issue 469, pp. 642-646
  10. From my Japanese Diary, November 1894, Volume 74, Issue 445, pp. 609-618
  11. The Genius of Japanese Civilization, October 1895, Volume 76, Issue 456, pp. 449-458
  12. A Ghost, December, 1889, Volume 80, Issue 475, pp. 116-119
  13. In a Japanese Garden, July 1892, Volume 70, Issue 417, pp. 14-33
  14. In the Twilight of the Gods, June 1895, Volume 75, Issue 452, pp. 791-795
  15. The Japanese Smile, May 1893, Volume 71, Issue 427, pp. 634-646
  16. Les Porteuses, July, 1889, Volume 79, Issue 470, pp. 299-304
  17. A Living God, December 1896, Volume 78, Issue 470, pp. 833-841
  18. A Midsummer Trip To the West Indies, July 1888, Volume 77, Issue 458, pp. 209-227
  19. A Midsummer Trip To the West Indies, August 1888, Volume 77, Issue 459, pp. 327-345
  20. A Midsummer Trip To the West Indies, September 1888, Volume 77, Issue 460, pp. 614-632
  21. The Most Ancient Shrine in Japan, December 1891, Volume 68, Issue 410, pp. 780-796
  22. Notes from a Traveling Diary, December 1895, Volume 76, Issue 458, pp. 815-822
  23. Notes on a Trip to Izumo, May 1897, Volume 79, Issue 475, pp. 678-687
  24. Of a Dancing Girl, March 1893, Volume 71, Issue 425, pp. 332-344
  25. Of the Eternal Feminine, December 1893, Volume 72, Issue 434, pp. 761-773
  26. Out of the Street: Japanese Folk-Songs, September 1896, Volume 78, Issue 467, pp. 347-352
  27. The Red Bridal, July 1894, Volume 74, Issue 441, pp. 74-85
  28. The Scenes of Cable's Romances, November 1883, Volume 27, Issue 1, pp. 40-48
  29. A Trip to Kyoto, May 1896, Volume 77, Issue 463, pp. 613-625
  30. La Verette and the Carnival In St. Pierre, Martinique, October 1888, Volume 77, Issue 461, pp. 737-763
  31. A Winter Journey To Japan, November 1890, Volume 81, Issue 486, pp. 860-901
  32. A Wish Fulfilled, January 1895, Volume 75, Issue 447, pp. 90-96
  33. Youma, January 1890, Volume 80, Issue 476, pp. 218-236
  34. Youma, February 1890, Volume 80, Issue 477, pp. 408-425

Background of "St. Malo Story" (1883)
10/23/02 - I am a Japanese historian who is interested in Filipino Americans' discourses on their immigrant history. As you may certainly know, Lafcadio Hearn's article titled "St. Malo Story" in Harpers Weekly (1883), which depicted a mysterious community of people (possibly) from the Philippine Islands in Louisiana, has been the single source for Filipino American historians about their very first pioneer immigrant communities in North America. As a Japanese who is familiar with Koizumi Yakumo's beautiful literary works, I feel it is necessary to examine the article in light of Hearn's interest, enthusiasms, or sympathies to the Orient or to the exiles in order to determine to what extent the article was factual or not. As I am totally ignorant about Lafcadio Hearn studies, I will be very happy if you know anything about the background of this article as well as clues to determine the "reliability" of the article.

Satoshi Nakano
Associate Professor
Hitotsubashi University
Kunitachi City, Tokyo 186-8601 JAPAN

A Lafcadio Hearn Virtual iDiary
11/15/02 - A website - - featuring A Lafcadio Hearn Virtual iDiary. The November Lafcadio Hearn Virtual iDiary, page 44:

1852: Patrick Lafcadio's Father, British Imperial Army Surgeon Charles Hearn, the tenor voiced peacock, entertains Rosa
1852: Lafcadio is 2+ years-old
- a new page each month!

A Lafcadio Hearn Virtual iDiary
1/4/03 - Welcome to 2003!

The 150th anniversary of the birth of James Daniel Hearn and the 70th anniversary of his death
It's June, 1933 -
Lafcadio's younger brother, James Daniel Hearn, dies in Michigan, USA, two months short of his 80th birthday.
"...And though his body mouldeth here,
His soul is safe in heaven."

January, February, March 2003, page 46

Reply to Tony Robinson - Hearn's "romance of the word"?
1/4/03 - In regard to the "rocking of words" search [8/19/02], you might try looking up a June 5, 1893 letter to Basil Hall Chamberlain (see: The Japanese Letters of Lafcadio Hearn). This letter talks about "physiognomical beauty" of words; "...the pouting of words, the frowning and fuming of words, the weeping, the raging and racketing and rioting of words..."etc....

Michael Ross

Thank you for this site
2/8/03 - How wonderful to discover this site! I first learned of Lafcadio Hearn in the late 1980s while compiling the family correspondence of one of his colleagues at the Cincinnati Enquirer, Chauncey W. Newton (1837-1880), who covered the Ohio State Legislature and was also an assistant editor. They apparently had some kind of working relationship between 1874 and 1877. How intriguing it would have been to find comments from each of them regarding the other. Newton's extant correspondence, however, does not mention Hearn. If anyone knows of a mention by Hearn of C. W. Newton, I would appreciate knowing, but I doubt that such exists. Newton, who wrote political and social commentaries under the pen name "Caliban," was eulogized as "destitute of vices" and "without enemies." When not working long hours at the paper Newton stayed home with his wife and three children. He maintained a tender correspondence with his aging mother in Xenia, Ohio. Even if Newton had been tempted to invite Hearn home to dinner to broaden his children's perspectives and liven the conversation, his wife would surely never have allowed it. Ironically, if Hearn had been in Ohio in 1880 at the time of Newton's death, he might have rushed to investigate the rumor that Newton's remains had been stolen by graverobbers, in view of Hearn's reports of the tanyard murder and other gruesome events. Fortunately, the report was called "more of a story about the ghoul the watchman man . .. than most care to believe," according to Newton's brother-in-law.
I donated the Newton letters (which I found in a trash bin in 1983), my notes and manuscript, photos, and related materials to Bowling Green State University in Ohio. My unpublished manuscript is "Dear Ones: Newton Family Letters, 1862-1940." I am still collecting books on Lafcadio Hearn and now have Bisland's "Life and Letters of Lafcadio Hearn, volumes 1-2, "Writings from Japan," "Period of the Gruesome, and the "Fantastics and other Stories." Thank you again for letting me know how many other "Hearnophiles" are out there!

Kathryn Jean Tyrone

What is Hearn saying?
4/1/03 - Please tell me the meaning of this passage in Hearn's letter to Minnie Atkinson of Kumamoto, June 2, 1894 in "Herun" 30, page 76.
(Hearn's first son Kazuo) He will soon be talking. Just now he is in that provoking period of childhood when everything is seized and taken to the mouth, and furious efforts are made to get hold of things out of reach.

What, what, what shall I do with the naughty little fellow?
It will of course, depend how his faculties develop.
He promises well though, – for his head is all above the ears, – all top-story, and he shows a kind of intelligence that...
I cannot understand the italicized sentence.
Ich bin ein japanischer Deutschlehrer, der ich viel Interesse an Lafcadio Hearn habe. Aber mein Englisch ist sehr schkecht. So bitte ich Sie um Erklaerung des kursiv gedruckten Satzes. Im Voraus danke ich Ihnen herzlich.
Takayuki OSAWA

Chita: A Memoir of Last Island
4/9/03 - I wanted you to know of a new biography from our press, CHITA: A MEMORY OF LAST ISLAND. You can read more about the book here. And here's the press release:

By Lafcadio Hearn, Edited by Delia LaBarre
Introduction by Jefferson Humphries
University Press of Mississippi
$20.00, hardback, ISBN 1-57806-558-5

Lafcadio Hearn’s 1889 novel bears present-day
connections to Louisiana’s vanishing coastline

Delia LaBarre, editor of Lafcadio Hearn’s novel CHITA: A MEMORY OF LAST ISLAND (University Press of Mississippi), says the re-issued book has an urgent connection with today’s Louisiana.
On 10 August 1856, the Gulf of Mexico reared up and hurled itself over Last Island, near New Orleans. The storm essentially split the island in half and swept much of it away, including its inhabitants, wealthy vacationers, and its resort hotel. There were few survivors.
Lafcadio Hearn used these basic historical facts to create Chita.
This new edition is issued at a time when Louisiana, and other states that border the Gulf of Mexico, are increasingly aware of the disappearance of our barrier islands and coastal marshlands, LaBarre writes. Descriptions of these losses we face today but that were written in the late1880s by Lafcadio Hearn during his months on Grand Isle may be surprising to readers unfamiliar with Hearn'sworks.
Originally published in 1889, this long out-of-print novella is a minor masterpiece that is by turns mysterious, mesmerizing, and tragic. In the aftermath of the storm, a Spanish fisherman wades into the Gulf to pick through debris. Among the bodies, he finds one that is yet alive, a small Creole girl. She remembers only her first name, Conchita. Her parents are presumed to have died in the storm. Raised by the fisherman’s family, Chita grows into a strong, independent young woman. Her story is counterpointed by that of her lost father, a doctor who thinks that Chita is dead and, as a result, devotes himself to helping others in need. When he comes to Last Island to aid a man with heart disease, he encounters Chita. The consequences are devastating.
This beautifully lush, ornately styled tale of south Louisiana in the nineteenth century is a haunting novel that is both impressionistic in its evocation of nature and realistic in its characterizations and depictions of life in this region.

Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904) was a writer, critic, amateur engraver, and journalist. He wrote extensively about the cultures of Louisiana and is considered the first major Western chronicler of Japanese culture. His many books include La Cuisine Creole: A Collection of Culinary Recipes (1885), Gombo Zhebes (1885), Chita (1889), and Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan (1894). Jefferson Humphries is chair of French studies at Louisiana State University and the author of The Puritan and the Cynic: The Literary Moralist in America and France. Delia LaBarre is an independent scholar of Lafcadio Hearn and Louisiana culture. She lives in Baton Rouge.

# # #

For more information contact Steven B. Yates, Assistant Marketing Manager/Promotions, 601.432.6459, email Read more about the book at

Kathy Burgess
Advertising Manager and Marketing Assistant
University Press of Mississippi
3825 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, MS 39211
Phone: (601) 432-6205
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Visit the Press website at

Mystery Text by Hearn
5/9/03 – Dear Hearn afficionados,
I am currently preparing a new critical edition of the French translation (1931) of Hearn's Midsummer Trip to the West Indies. Unfortunately the French translator saw fit to publish along with the translated Trip, the translation of a short text – three or four pages max – that I have so far been unable to locate in any of Hearn's published writings in English. The French translator gives it the title 'Creole story' and it concerns a trip that Hearn made in the company of his notary friend into the Martinican countryside. There they visited together a plantation where the notary had some business to do. They were first received by an old black, lame retainer (whose lameness was due to a snake-bite suffered many years previously) and then by the latter's employer, a very gracious elderly white Creole lady. When they left the plantation, the notary revealed to Hearn that the retainer had murdered the plantation owner, the Creole lady's husband, during one of the anti-slavery revolts. He had subsequently, in an act of great cunning – described by the notary as a purely instinctual, reflex reaction – thrown himself upon the widow's mercy, admitting the crime, and she had protected him, claiming that he didn't have all his wits.
If anybody recognises this story I cannot express how grateful I would be. I have spent months and months and months trying to track it down, to no avail!
With my very best wishes to all who share my interest in this writer,

Mary Gallagher

May: Lafcadio Hearn Virtual iDiary, page 48
5/15/03 – November 25, 1852: Celebrating a marriage so romantically begun. Charles Hearn reminisces. May, 2003, at LH Virtual Biography - iDiary page 48 --

RE: Mystery Text by Hearn
5/20/03 – REPLY TO MARY GALLAGHER: In regard to your inquiry about the "Creole Story", I believe the story you are describing is called "Stranger Than Fiction". It is included in the posthumous 1905 Hearn book, "The Romance of the Milky Way and Other Studies and Stories". You should be able to find a Tuttle paperback copy of this book for around $15. or a nice original Bruce Rodgers designed edition, later printing, for about $25. First Editions are much more , of course.

Good luck!
Michael Ross

Hearn & missionaries
5/22/03 – I will appreciate information on Hearn's attitudes on and relations to missionaries. I understand in "Japan An Attempt at an Appreciation" he was critical of them. Any thoughts on why? Other mentions in his works?

Aaron Cohen

Hearn's signature
6/4/03 – I am attemting to find an example of Hearn's signature. Any help would be much appreciated.

John Brennen

Hearn family tree?
6/7/03 – My name is Elizabeth Hearn Milner. Milner is my married surname. My father was Maurice George Hearn. My grandfather was William Hearn - both from England with Irish connections. I was always told that there was some relationship to Lafcadio Hearn. I have read some of Lafcadio's works - some written in America and some in Japan and I know something about his life, but if possible I would like to find the family link. My father is dead so it's impossible to ask more questions. Where can I locate a complete family tree for Lafcadio Hearn?

E.A.H. Milner

Shioya Country Club?
6/7/03 – A message from 9/5/00 in the Archives by Wiebke" asks about ex-residents of Shioya. I am one (1932-1938) as was my father (1920-1938). The trail is cold, but has anyone knowldge of Wiebke and how to contact her?.

Philip C. Gunyon

Reply to John Brennen's question about Hearn's signature
6/10/03 – You can find 2 examples of Lafcadio Hearn's 1870's signature in "Lafcadio Hearn's American Days", Dodd,Mead and Company 1924. There is also a fine example on page 143 of "Lafcadio Hearn Manuscripts", AMS Press 1975. Some rare book shops have signed Hearn books. (I have only seen one in 8 years). There are also various library collections of Hearn letters that can be viewed.

Michael Ross

Hearn family tree?
June 9, 2003 – Dear Cousin Elizabeth, I created a small family tree at There are 4 other family trees that include Lafcadio Hearn and his extended family there. There are several excellent resources for family research also. Good hunting. I would like to contact you directly of course. Finding a cousin on this site is intriguing.

God bless,
Your cousin,
Bradford C. Hearn
Director Donor Development
Miami Rescue Mission, Inc.
Miami, Florida USA
1-305-571-2245 Fax 571-2244

L Hearn Virtual iDiary/June, 2003
June 15, 2003 – Page (49) November 27, 1852: Rosa Kassimati Hearn's tactless English teacher-Greek Translator, Ms. Butcher, lectures Dr. Hearn -- June, 2003 at LH Virtual iDiary.
June 1- July 7, 2003: Paintings by Barbizon artist Jean-François Millet at Osaka's ultra-modern Suntory Museum - 06 6577 0001.


Hearn on Japanese Gardens?
June 21, 2003 – I am looking for a book for a friend. He once had a copy of a book by Lafcadio Hearn that had sketches or drawings and information on building Japanese gardens. Do you know of any book by this author that might contain something like this? Thank you for any information you might provide.

How about In a Japanese Garden and here?

Hearn on Japanese Gardens
June 22, 2003 – The pictures of the Garden are very beautiful and just what I was looking for. Thank you very much!

Clem Smith

Lafcadio Hearn's home in New Orleans?
June 22, 2003 – I am trying to learn of the location of Lafcadio Hearn's residence in New Orleans. Is it still standing? Are there any web pages that speak of it? Literary tours of New Orleans that include it? Thanks in advance for any assistance on this question.

Paul Melzer

Lafcadio Hearn sites on Lefkas?
July 3, 2003 – My wife and I are about to spend 14 days on Lefkas, and although I realize Hearn lived there only until he was six I am wondering whether there are any Hearn sites or memorials on the island, whether he ever re-visited Lefkas, and whether he ever wrote anything about Lefkas. Any advice warmly appreciated. We are leaving in 10 days!

Best wishes,
Thomas E. Kennedy

L Hearn Virtual iDiary/July, 2003
July 7, 2003 – My Pennsylvania Server tells me that June visitors to this web site were from Japan, Greece, the Netherlands, USA, Germany, Poland, Italy, France, Canada, US Military abroad, Brazil, Belgium, Columbia, Austria, Ireland, Australia, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Finland, Indonesia, Latvia, Slovenia, Denmark, Mexico, Norway and Sweden.
July, 2003 at LH (Koizumi Yakumo) Virtual iDiary
Page (50) November 27, 1852. Lafcadio's Father, Dr. Hearn: "Six reasons why I kept my marriage to the beautiful Ionian aristocrat, Rosa Antonia Kassimati, a secret."


Hearn a U.S. citizen?
August 12, 2003 – Hi. I'd like to know if Hearn actually became a U.S. citizen, since he lived here from age 19-39, roughly. Can you tell me what his citizenship status was before he moved to Japan? Thanks a lot.

Keith Fitzgerald
Torrance, California

Dr. Allen Tuttle?
August 14, 2003 – I am an old friend of Tuttle's, a true intellect in the finest form of the word. I am puting together a tribute to him. His life as a professor at VU is easy to track, however, his contributions to the study of Hearn is more of a mystery.
Can someone help me with links and articles that might be composed by Tuttle?

Thanks in advance,
Cary T. Conrad

Henry Watkin
August 28, 2003 – I am researching Henry Watkin for a paper on radical utopian cooperatives in Cincinnati, during the 1870s.
I have a copy of Letters from the Raven before me, and I was hoping to read some of Watkin's correspondence. But Letters only reprints Lafcadio's correspondence to Watkin. So I am hoping that Hearn kept Watkin's letters to him and that they are now in some archive.
Do you know where Watkin's letters to Hearn are? If they are in Japan, would you know who I could contact there to help me with my research?
Thank you very much.

Aharon Varady
University of Cincinnati
School of Planning

James Hearn Annual August Picnic
August 31, 2003 – Here is part of an email from Margery Bebow, St. Louis, Michigan. She is James Hearn's granddaugher (center: blue blouse/white slacks).

—David [Hearn Virtual iDiary]

... We did have our Hearn reunion... but our numbers are dwindling. James Hearn's grandchildren are getting older, from about 60 years to 93 years living. And it is hard to get the younger ones to come.
We did have a good time together....


August 12, 2003, was the 150th Anniversary of the birth of James Daniel Hearn, Lafcadio's younger brother.

A tombstone in St. Louis, Michigan's Oak Grove Cemetery reads: "James Daniel Hearn 1853 - 1933."

LH Virtual iDiary for September, 2003
September 4, 2003 – September Greetings! Here is the September LH Virtual IDiary page 52 - mostly about LH's Aunt "Sally" Brenane & a Rosa surprise + notes on an LH September commemoration.
Clicking on this link brings you to the web site.

Thanks from - The Virtual iClub!

Re: Hearn and Missionaries (reply to Aaron Cohen 5/22/03)
September 16, 2003 – In response to Aaron Cohen's query re Hearn's attitude toward missionaries, I think that his basic position was summed up in the following comment he made to Basil Hall Chamberlain:

'Personally, of course, I think the missionaries ought to be put in a small ship, and the ship scuttled at a reasonable distance of 1,000 miles from shore' (Japanese Letters).
Of course, this attitude reflected his general animosity towards Christianity which stemmed largely from his negative childhood experiences, as well his conviction that Christian missionaries were major perpetrators in the destruction of Japanese culture.
William Stronach,

Just found this site...
September 19, 2003 – I just discovered your great site on Hearn. I have been interested in him for a decade, though it's not easy to get his books in England. I was lucky enough to borrow 'The Romance of the Milky Way' from a public library, but have only just managed to get hold of a copy for myself. It is a new edition with an excellent essay by Stefan Zweig at the beginning and a good bibliography at the end. I bought the book through a UK bookshop. The ISBN for the paperback, for which I paid £11-95, is 1-903331-31-5. Living Time Press appear to be releasing 'The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard' as well, with an essay on criminals by France, but I can't find the ISBN or release date for this.

Yours sincerely,
William Hall

p.s. I am a high school teacher and use Hearn's stories so as to help my students get interested in story writing. Do you know of any teachers or professors in England who are also interested in Hearn's works?
p.s.s. Click here to send me e-mail.

Lafcadio Hearn October Virtual iDiary
October 9, 2003 – Fall Greetings!
Page (53) Patrick Lafcadio's Father borrows money from affluent Aunt "Sally" Brenane --
Click on to go to the web site.

Thanks from - The Virtual iClub!

Hearn Announcement:
November 15, 2003 – November Greetings!
The following good news has been received from Lafcadio Hearn's grandson in Yokohama, Akio Inagaki San:

"On 25-26/September, 2004, L.H. International Symposium starts at Tokyo University. Included will be Hearn researchers from abroad. After the Symposium, members will make a caravan to remove to Matsue and finally the stage setting up in Kumamoto. Great grandson Bon Koizumi and and his Father, Toki, will be involved."
Lafcadio Hearn November Virtual iDiary. Page (54) The Hearn-Holmes Legacy
-- David

Christmas Plum Pudding Recipe/LH V. iDiary
December 3, 2003 – December, 2003: Celebrating a Victorian Christmas, 1852:
Two and one-half year-old Patrick delights in his first festive Irish Christmas [Included this month is an authentic Irish Christmas Plum Pudding recipe.] Lafcadio Hearn December LH Virtual iDiary Page (55).
For Japanese:
PS Not that it matters - but if you tune in to Osaka Channel 8 (Tokyo Channel 6?) on December 28 to view "Jikuu Keisatsu," you may catch a moment's glimpse of David who was hired to be General Marshall in President Roosevelt's pre-Pearl Harbor scheme. General Marshall has no speaking lines! :-((

-- David

Hearn's Horses
December 11, 2003 – Can anyone help me find a story that I believe to be Hearn's? The story would be the source of a reflection by the Irish poet W.B. Yeats, and I will include the passage here:

I had found when a boy in Dublin on a table in the Royal Irish Academy a pamphlet on Japanese art and read there of an animal painter so remarkable that horses he had painted upon a temple wall had slipped down after dark and trampled the neighbours' fields of rice. Somebody had come into the temple in the early morning, had been startled by a shower of water-drops, had looked up and seen painted horses still wet from the dew-covered fields, but now'trembling into stillness' (Autobiographies 161).
If anyone could help me find this story in Hearn's works, or in those of his contemporaries, I'd be awfully grateful. Odds are, Yeats saw the pamphlet he refers to before 1887, but he definitely saw it before 1921 when he wrote the above passage. HOWEVER any reference to the painted horses, no matter the date, will be of use.

Hearn Centennial Celebrations
December 23, 2003 – Does anyone know what events are planned in 2004 in Japan, U.S. and elsewhere to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Lafcadio Hearn's death?
I have heard there will be some symposiums in Japan, but have no specific information.

Steve Kemme

Hearn Announcement:
November 15, 2003 – November Greetings!
The following good news has been received from Lafcadio Hearn's grandson in Yokohama, Akio Inagaki San:

"On 25-26/September, 2004, L.H. International Symposium starts at Tokyo University. Included will be Hearn researchers from abroad. After the Symposium, members will make a caravan to remove to Matsue and finally the stage setting up in Kumamoto. Great grandson Bon Koizumi and and his Father, Toki, will be involved."
Lafcadio Hearn November Virtual iDiary. Page (54) The Hearn-Holmes Legacy
-- David

Christmas Plum Pudding Recipe/LH V. iDiary
December 3, 2003 – December, 2003: Celebrating a Victorian Christmas, 1852:
Two and one-half year-old Patrick delights in his first festive Irish Christmas [Included this month is an authentic Irish Christmas Plum Pudding recipe.] Lafcadio Hearn December LH Virtual iDiary Page (55).
For Japanese:
PS Not that it matters - but if you tune in to Osaka Channel 8 (Tokyo Channel 6?) on December 28 to view "Jikuu Keisatsu," you may catch a moment's glimpse of David who was hired to be General Marshall in President Roosevelt's pre-Pearl Harbor scheme. General Marshall has no speaking lines! :-((

-- David

Hearn's Horses
December 11, 2003 – Can anyone help me find a story that I believe to be Hearn's? The story would be the source of a reflection by the Irish poet W.B. Yeats, and I will include the passage here:

I had found when a boy in Dublin on a table in the Royal Irish Academy a pamphlet on Japanese art and read there of an animal painter so remarkable that horses he had painted upon a temple wall had slipped down after dark and trampled the neighbours' fields of rice. Somebody had come into the temple in the early morning, had been startled by a shower of water-drops, had looked up and seen painted horses still wet from the dew-covered fields, but now'trembling into stillness' (Autobiographies 161).
If anyone could help me find this story in Hearn's works, or in those of his contemporaries, I'd be awfully grateful. Odds are, Yeats saw the pamphlet he refers to before 1887, but he definitely saw it before 1921 when he wrote the above passage. HOWEVER any reference to the painted horses, no matter the date, will be of use.

Hearn Centennial Celebrations
December 23, 2003 – Does anyone know what events are planned in 2004 in Japan, U.S. and elsewhere to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Lafcadio Hearn's death?
I have heard there will be some symposiums in Japan, but have no specific information.

Steve Kemme

Hearn's Japanese Citizenship
February 1, 2004 – I'd like to know if L. Hearn was the very first American who acquired Japanese citizenship. It seems if he was not the very first, he must have been amongst the first batch.

Thank you for your enlightment.
Dennis Lai

Hearn Centenniel Celebrations
February 29, 2004 – The Tramore Lafcadio Hearn Society will host a celebratory evening to mark the centenary. It will take place in the Majestic Hotel, Tramore, on 31st March, 2004.
Hearn spent a good part of his youth here in Tramore and learned to swim from our lovely beach and coves. He stayed with his aunt, Mrs Brenane, at Bel Air House - now a fine guesthouse.
Our gathering will be addressed by His Excellency, Takeshi Kagami, Ambassador of Japan, and by local writer, Joe Conway, who is also a keen student of Hearn.

Joe Conway
[Tramore, Ireland]

Hearn Symposium News
February 29, 2004 – Hello! -- Thanks to Lafcadio Hearn's grandson, Akio San, in Yokohama, the LH Virtual iClub has learned from him that -
A Lafcadio Hearn Centennial Memorial International Symposium is to be sponsored by the Matsue Municipal Corporation. Thursday Evening, September 30, 2004. Reception: Friday, October 1 (Morning).
A lecture by Australian Mr. Paul Murray, author of our favorite LH Biography, "Fantastic Journey, The Life and Literature of Lafcadio Hearn." Before writing his book, Mr. Murray visited every place in the world where LH worked, lived and played.
Friday, October 1 (Afternoon). Panel Discussion by six Hearn researchers. This entire discussion will be in Japanese. Attendees will include many members from Hearn Societies throughout Japan.
Saturday, October 2 (Morning). An International Symposium. Theme: "Chamberlain or Hearn, who was the better interpreter of Jaspan's real mind?"
Note: More details to follow as plans unfold.
- The Lafcadio Hearn Virtual iClub:

January, February, March, 2004:
[The Virtual iDiary Club is on vacation February & March]
Page (56) Auld Lang Syne, 1852, Rathmines, Dublin, Ireland.
Hearn Virtual iDiary
Page (57) April 1, 2004

A Treatise on Perfume
March 17, 2004 – I am searching for the title and possible copy of a treatise by Hearn on perfumes. I understand that he only made 50 copies and self published. Any information leading to the title and/or whereabouts of such a book would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you
Joanne Sauer
Office Manager
SF Clinical Neuroscience

The Lafcadio Hearn / Koizumi Yakumo International Center
April 26, 2004 – We wish to inform visitors to your Lafcadio Hearn site of the founding of The Lafcadio Hearn / Koizumi Yakumo International Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. The new owner of the former residence of Lafcadio Hearn, where he produced some of his most important works (including the manuscript for Chita), has just been purchased by Richard Scribner (M.D., M.P.H.), an assistant professor of the Louisiana State University Medical School and a Hearn aficionado. Dr. Scribner is currently cooperating with individuals who have been working over the years to protect this house and with Hearn scholars to fulfill a shared vision of making the house a Hearn museum and guest house, as well as headquarters for the Hearn/Koizumi Center.
We are working now to raise the money to lease the building from Dr. Scribner, who is now saddled with high monthly notes, and funds for the first year's operating costs. Anyone interested in contributing or hosting a fund-raiser in his or her own community to benefit the Center may write for more information. A fund-raiser--Greek Revival --will be held here in New Orleans at the house during Memorial Day Weekend, during the New Orleans Greek Festival. This Greek Revival townhouse will at this time be designated a literary landmark.
Also, we wish to notify your site readers of the Lafcadio Hearn centennial commemoration plans for the week of September 12-18. A commemorative banquet will be held in the Japanese Room of the historic Antoine's Restaurant on Thursday, September 16. A Symposium, "Your Creolized Friend, Lafcadio Hearn," will be held on Saturday, September 18, with festivities following into the evening, featuring Creole cuisine and music. New Orleans will also be represented at the International Symposium Commemorating the Death of Lafcadio Hearn in Japan during the last week of September.
A website will be launched in the coming weeks which will provide further details. We welcome visits to New Orleans. At least for a limited time, visitors can actually stay in Lafcadio Hearn's quarters on Gasquet Street (now Cleveland Avenue).
Anyone who would like to participate in any of our efforts to establish the Hearn/Koizumi Center in New Orleans may write to us at
Thank you for the service of this excellent Hearn website.

Delia LaBarre

Hearn Photographs - posting entries to
May 12, 2004 – 1. We at are very interested in Lafcadio Hearn because his mother was a Kytherian. Could we entice you to post some entries onto our web-site.
2. Further: Have discovered that Ohio University holds the following photographs -
"There are a total of 14 photographs in the two folders included in my description. Seven photographs of the Cavalinni family, two photographs of Rosa Cassimati's tombstone, three photographs of family homes, and two photographs of Kythera and Kapsali Bay.

Melissa Gottwald
Collections Archivist
Special Collections Department
403 Parks Library
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa 50011-2140
Phone: 515-294-9680

I wonder if you might be interested to join with a number of other interested parties to help purchase copies of these 12 photo's which will greatly aid research on Lafcadio?
3. Do you have any photographs of Lafcadio Hearn and/.or his family in your display?
Regards, George Poulos
42 Eastern Avenue
Dover Heights 2030
02 93888320

The Virtual iDiary
May 27, 2004 – May, 2004,, The Virtual iDiary.
Page 58: Two-year-old Patrick Lafcadio's Great Aunt "Sally" Holmes Brenane, 60, writes in her diary. She remembers how devastating the Irish Potato Famine was on her property in Wexford County, Ireland.
Lafcadio Hearn died September 26, 1904, while under contract to Waseda University.
Centennial Commemorations of Hearn's death will take place at a variety of venues from September 24 through October 3, 2004, as follows:
The Yaidzu Hearn Society, Yaidzu; Tokyo University, Komaba Campus; Waseda University, Ikuba Hall; Zoshigaya Cemetery, Ikebukuro; Otemae University, Nishinomiya, co-sponsored by the International Shinto Foundation, Inc.; Matsue City Bunka Center sponsored by the Matsue Hearn Society; and in Kumamoto City, sponsored by the Kumamoto Daily News.
For specific questions email

- David Baldwin
Dojima/Osaka, June 19, 2004

2 Photos taken on Kythera Island, Greece
June 19, 2004 – Below are copyrighted photos from the extensive Hearn Collection, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
For hard copies of these and other Cavallini photos and/or electronically transmitted permission, please contact:

Melissa Gottwald
Collections Archivist
Special Collections Department
403 Parks Library
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa 50011-2140
Phone: 515-294-9680

The gravestone of Rosa Hearn Cavallini, Kythera Island, Greece. Photo Copyrighted 2004 by Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

Giovanni (John) Kavallini (Cavallini), Second husband of Rosa Hearn Cavallini. Photo copyrighted 2004 by Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

Alas, no photo of Rosa exists in the Iowa collection.
- David Baldwin
Dojima/Osaka, June 19, 2004

New Edition of In Ghostly Japan, $14.99, now out.
June 20, 2004 – This is to inform you that Capricorn Publishing has released a Print On Demand edition of In Ghostly Japan, which can now be found on the Barnes&Noble website, for $14.99. is being rather lax.
Bulk copies are available for discount from

John Costello

Lafcadio Documentary Film Info Needed
July 10, 2004 – Hello. I was trying to find information on a documentary on Lafcadio Hearn that was filmed here in New Orleans sometime in the very late 70's to early 80's.
I recall the filming of it very well as I was in several scenes, including one as a "river-rat" dangling rather precariously over the paddlewheel of a showboat as Don Hood, the performer who portrayed Lafcadio, was filmed on the docks in front of the ship as well as on the deck near me.
A number of people have seen it recently and commented to me that they noticed my presence in the film and very clearly described the rather precarious position I was in on the boat, which led me to realise that the film is still indeed "out there somewhere" and I would love to find a copy or even screengrabs or other information on the film.
I have scoured the internet to no avail on finding the official information on the documentary as well as on the producers of it. (Which if my aging memory recalls, was the Japanese Broadcasting System.)
Any information that you might have on this film would be greatly, greatly appreciated. I look forward to hearing from you about this film when you get the chance. Thank you very much, and all the very best to you.

Edward R. Cox

Possibly a Hearn "Fantastic?"
August 4, 2004 – Hello! What a great website for researchers-- I've scoured all the Hearn archives.
I was wondering if anyone here was familiar with a story that Lafcadio Hearn MIGHT have written. Unfortunately, there is no attribution given with the very short, rather gruesome entry, but Hearn had lived for a time with the man who compiled the book (as an encyclopedia of human anomalies).
The story, supposedly true but rather fantastic, concerned a young man born with two faces, one on either side of his head. The secondary face is feminine and cannot speak, but the primary twin is driven insane but internal "whisperings" and commits suicide.
Is it possible that Hearn may have published this in a paper in Ohio or New Orleans? (The tale is set in England.) Does it sound familiar to anyone?

Thank you,
Sean Keohane

Lafcadio Hearn's shyness
August 16, 2004 – My father, Albert M. Ahern, met Hearn in Japan, and Hearn told my father that his blind eye was so disturbing to others that it made him shy. He said the Japanese people were so polite they acted as though it didn't exist. He felt at ease there.

Alston Ahern Horrocks

Hearn Centennial Memorials
September 3, 2004 – Lafcadio Hearn died September 26, 1904, while under contract to Waseda University.
Centennial Memorials of Hearn's death will take place at a variety of venues from September 26 through October 3, 2004, as follows:

The Yaidzu Hearn Society, Yaidzu; Tokyo University, Komaba Campus; Waseda University, Ikuba Hall; Zoshigaya Cemetery, Ikebukuro; Otemae University, Nishinomiya, co-sponsored by the International Shinto Foundation, Inc.; A bus from Himeji to Matsue will follow the 1890 footsteps of LH to Matsue; Matsue Bunka Center sponsored by the Matsue Hearn Society; and in Kumamoto City, sponsored by the Kumamoto Daily News.
For further information, email

The Waseda Commemoration:
Sunday, September 26, 2004:
Waseda University, Tokyo
Ibuka International Conference Hall
Hosted by the Institute of international Language and Culture, Waseda University
9:30 a.m.: Opening address by Ikeda Masayuki, Waseda University
9:35-11:00, Key Note Speech in French & English: "L'Exotisme Crise"
11:00 - 11:05, Welcome speech by Shirai Katsuhiko, President, Waseda University
11:00-11:30, Symposium in Japanese, "Lafcadio Hearn and Creole Japan" Panel: Ikeda Masayuki, Waseda University; Tsuruoka Mayumi, Ritsumeikan University; Saito Takashi, Meiji University; and Paul Snowden, Waseda Univesity
NOTE: After lunch - those going to Hearn's grave site ceremony in Zoshgaya Cemetery, Ikebukuro, will be guided there via tramline. Attendance is limited.
15:00-16:30: Reading of the works of Hearn by Koda Hiroko and her Troupe
Dinner Reception at the Irish Ambassador's Residence, Tokyo.

David Baldwin

International Center Activities
September 5, 2004 – Thank you for posting my earlier message about the Lafcadio Hearn residence in New Orleans. Because of your posting my message we heard from John Moran, an Irish Times journalist who was interested in staying in the house. As a result of his contacting us, he is visiting New Orleans in order to participate in our Lafcadio Hearn centennial commorative activities here in New Orleans.
Here's another notice:

The Lafcadio Hearn/Koizumi Yakumo International Center is sponsoring activities during the week of September 12-18 to commemorate the centennial of the death of Lafcadio Hearn. These events inaugurate the first annual banquet and symposium. Please see for information. A Hearn/Koizumi Center basic membership includes access to the on-line journal La. Barque, which contains uncollected writings of Lafcadio Hearn and the latest articles on Lafcadio Hearn and his works.

Thank you!
Delia LaBarre
Executive Director
Hearn/Koizumi Center
P.O. Box 52873
New Orleans, LA 70152

State owes debt to writer Hearn
September 21, 2004 – Mr. Noah Robert called yesterday to report that an editorial had appeared in the Baton Rouge Advocate with the headline "State Owes Debt to Lafcadio Hearn." On the way to get a paper I saw George Schmidt and told him of the headline. Without a moment's hesitation he shouted, "How much?!!" Indeed. As Hearn used to say, "We should like to know." And to collect on it, with handsome interest.

It's the kind of irony that the late Louisiana writer Lafcadio Hearn no doubt would have savored.
Hearn, a turn-of-the-19th century figure who celebrated all things Louisiana, including its hurricanes, was to be remembered at a swank New Orleans banquet on Thursday marking the centennial of his death in 1904. John "Jack" Maxwell Hamilton, dean of LSU's Manship School of Mass Communication, was to be the keynote speaker. The banquet, to be held at Antoine's, had to be postponed because of emergency preparations for Hurricane Ivan.
It's drama such as this that Hearn loved about Louisiana, a place he explained to the rest of the world so memorably during his stay here. [,

Delia LaBarre

October 16, 2004 – Kwaidan (Ghost story)

Saturday, October 30, 2 pm
Sunday, October 31, 2 pm
Free with Museum Admission
Morse Auditorium
Winner of the International Grand Jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival and an Academy Award?ominee for best foreign film, Kwaidan is a compilation of four provocative Japanese tales based on stories by Lafcadio Hearn.
Peabody Essex Museum
East India Square
Salem, MA 01970-3783 USA

Schools and Family
November 6, 2004 – Do you know if Lafcardio Hearn taught at Keio University in Tokyo?
Where can I fond information on Ladfardio Hearn's children? Specifically their dates of birth and schools attended?

Thanks for your help.
Gladys Li

Lafcadio Hearn's "Words"
November 6, 2004 – I have for many years sought a copy of Hearn's essay titled (I believe) "Words". My English Lit professor in Philadelphia often quoted from his works and, in particular, the one about "Words". Can you help me?

Thank you
Louise G. Smith
Orcas Island, Washington

Romance and Reason by Lafcadio Hearn
November 20, 2004 – Aloha! I am interested in the this book... Romance and Reason by Lafcadio Hearn: Compiled with notes by R. Tanabe, professor of the Peeresses' School (1928). Any information would be appreciated.

Me ke aloha,

Query Lafcadio Hearn's Black Hair
December 7, 2004 – I've been checking the bibliography of Lafcadio Hearn's works that you offer in your excellent website and I'm puzzled to find no reference in it to the short story "Black Hair". I should explain myself and apologize for my ignorance.
I'm a teacher of English Literature at the Universitat Autònma de Barcelona and I'm preparing a volume of short stories that I've translated into Spanish. Those short stories have been adapted for the screen and I'm writing a short piece analysing the adaptation to accompany the stories.
In Hearn's case I've chosen "Hoichi, the Earless" but I seem to be unable to locate one of the other three stories that Masaki Kobayashi's film Kwaidan adapts and which is known as "Black Hair". I assumed it was included in Kwaidan, the book, but that's not the case and its film title is probably different from the one Hearn used.
Could you please help me? I'd be very grateful if you could tell which original story "Black Hair" adapts. Believe me, I've checked all the information I have access to and I'm at a dead end. All film critics seem to assume "Black Hair" is part of Kwaidan.

Thank you very much,
Dr. Sara Martin

February 12, 2005 – Greetings from Osaka.
Lafcadio Hearn introduced the Japanese word, "tsunami," in his 1897 Gleanings in Budda Fields as follows:

"...'Tsunami,' shrieked the people; and then all shrieks and all sounds and all power to hear sounds were annihilated by a nameless the colossal swell smote the shore with a weight that sent a shudder through the hills...."
Tsunami or tunami: tsu = harbour + nami = waves...tsunami is frequently misnamed tidal wave.

[Source:All of the above data was first revealed in the 1986 Supplement to the Oxford English Dictionary, vol.iv (so-z)."]

RE: Query Lafcadio Hearn's Black Hair
March 25, 2005 – Hi, Sara. I think the original story of "Black Hair" is "The Reconciliation" included in Shadowings. See here.

Kenji Inadomi

Lafcadio Hearn's "In a Cup of Tea"?
April 8, 2005 – Like Dr. Martin on the Lafcadio Hearn bulletin board, I was wondering about the source of the "Black Hair" segment of the film Kwaidan. I'm sure Kenji Inadomi is correct in identifying "The Reconciliation," and I'm glad to learn the name of the collection in which it had been published.
Is the final segment of the film Kwaidan, "In a Cup of Tea" based on a Hearn story as well? If so, where may it be found?

Thank you,
Chris Philippo
Troy, New York

Hearn Books for Sale
April 13, 2005 – Dear Lafcadio Hearn Collector,
Am writing to as I have acquired a collection of Lafcadio Hearn's Books. They are also first editions.
They include:

  1. Chita....A Memory of Last Island
  2. Out of the East
  3. Shadowings
  4. Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan Volume 1
  5. Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan Volume 2
These books are in very good condition. I will send pictures on request.
I also have a photograph of Lafcadio Hearn when he was a young man playing cricket (I think) with another gentleman. There are mountains in the background and the picture is very, very thin and old.
The picture soiled one of the pages in the "Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan" because it was there so long. The picture is very light but one can see that it is him, with a Irish cap and knickers!
Also in that same book are newspaper clippings from a newspaper about Lafcadio being missing and thought to be in Japan.
I am interested in selling these items to the highest bidder. I am emailing this to all the email addresses in the Virtual I diaries page where I got your email address. Thank you very much.
Patricia Neely
175 Old Derby Street
Hingham,Massachusetts 02043
781-875-1444 home email

Lafcadio Hearn's "In a Cup of Tea"?
April 18, 2005 – Hi, Chris! Thanks for your comment on "Black Hair." Anyway, "In a Cup of Tea" is included in Kotto (1902).

Kenji Inadomi

May 1, 2005 – If any of your readers were intending a visit to Lefkada, the birthplace of Lefkadio Hearn, they may be interested in knowing that the following web site has now been translated into Japanese:
I do not however speak Japanese so do not know how good the translation is.

Liam Dunphy

Hearn's Japanese Citizenship
July 10, 2005 – In response to a request from France regarding LH's acquiring Japanese citizenship, I did some research and found that there was no citizenship law prior to 1899. During the Meiji Period there had been requests (by missionaries, for example) for naturalization, but they were rejected. Being registered by a local government or being registered in a spouse's record of domicile is not the same thing as becoming a citizen. I lack details about LH's case and will be interested in learning a little more.

Thank you,
A.M. Cohen
New Paltz NY

Hearn's writings about New Orleans
September 8, 2005 – Could you steer me to something on Hearn's Sensation of Blue developed while writing in New Orleans?

Thank you,
Alice H. Williams

Source of Hearn quote on tea ceremony?
September 10, 2005 – Hello -- I really am enjoying your website! I am writing a book on the subject of Japanese food, and I wonder if you could help me with a research question about Lafcadio Hearn. Would you happen to know the source of this quote?

"The tea ceremony requires years of training and practice," wrote Lafcadio Hearn, "yet the whole of this art, as to its detail, signifies no more than the making and serving of a cup of tea. The supremely important matter is that the act be performed in the most perfect, most polite, most graceful, most charming manner possible."
If you happen to know the source of this, I'd be most grateful. I've been looking high and low, but can't find the source! Thank you so much!
Bill Doyle

Irish biographical film
September 16, 2005 – When I was a kid, I was 'enlisted' to play a part in a documentary film on the life of Lafcadio... or at least his time spent in Ireland. I was too young to know anything about Lafcadio, or to remember to any great detail what it was really all about.
For some reason I was just brought to thinking about it! I can recall quite clearly that there were scenes shot in Dublin, and on the beach in Tramore, Co. Waterford. I also remember my young friend (who was playing Lafcadio as a child) being filmed for a scene where he saw a ghost in a room I believe, in Lafcadio's, aunt's house!
I'm sorry my details are limited, but am wondering all these years after if the film was ever completed and screened or released anywhere. I know it had some association with the Sundai school in Newbridge, Co. Kildare and that it was filmed sometime between 1991, and 1997 by a Japenese crew. I would love to find some information on it and possibly get hold of a copy of the film!
Any information you might be able to give me on it would be gratefully recieved!

Mise le meas,
Sarah Mahon,
Co. Kildare, Ireland.

September 16, 2005 – A Hearn story in Kwaidan is "Mujina". I was surprised that the author gives the translation of the few Japanese words in the text, with the only exception of the word that gives the story its title. The reader understands that it means something like "ghost", but I would like to know its exact meaning. Can you help me? Thank you.

Stefano Manferlotti
Naples University, Italy

Replies to ... Mujina ... biographical film ... tea ceremony
September 22, 2005 –

RE: Mujina?
Generally speaking, the Japanese word "mujina" means "badger" in English. For more information on it, see Mujina.

RE: Irish biographical film
NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) filmed a travel sketch on Hearn in Dublin and other places, and broadcasted the programme in 2000. I have the video tape recorded this programme, but I cannot check the casts and so forth because I do not have TV now.

The following Japanese pages are the scenes of this programme. The man in pictures is Shiro Sano, an actor in Japan. Is this the programme you refered to? Hearn1, Hearn2

RE: Source of Hearn quote on tea ceremony?
The source which you quoted is written in "Feudal Integration." It is included in Japan: An Attempt at Interpretation (1904), and you can find the source at page 390.

Kenji Inadomi

Delia LaBarre?
October 21, 2005 – Can anyone tell me what has become of Delia LaBarre? She represented herself as a member of the Hearn/Koizumi Center board of directors, but ceased to answer inquiries months before Katrina. I note that her web site has closed, and now wonder ... ? The lady induced me to give her $100; did anyone else have a similar experience?

F. Stuart Smith

Unrecorded Printing of La Cuisine Creole
December 6, 2005 – I happen to live in an area that has strong New Orleans ties, that, combined with my culinary specialty, I have collected over the years several variants of the original publication of La Cuisine Creole. I have NEVER seen this edition before or am I able to find any bibliographical information about the volume.
I have seen the cover illustration on other HB printings. The soft card cover has very faint black printing, La Cuisine Creole within the top decorative box. In the sidebar, next to the African-American Cook with the pan, A Collection of Culinary Receipts; a decorative leaf pattern beneath, then some undecipherable words, possibly, Hansell...
2p., Title Page (beneath the short double rule lines, New Orleans, F.F. Hansell & Bro., Ltd.) TPV(rule, COPYRIGHT, 1885, rule; at bottom right corner, PRESS OF, The L. GRAHAM CO., Ltd., New Orleans.) One page introduction. 268 pages, 2p.

Have you knowledge of this version? Thank you.

Lynn Nelson
Kitchen Garden Books & Antiques
The Artful Old, Odd & Unusual
Fine Volumes, Cuisine & Horticulture
24357 US Hwy 331 South
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459
850.622.1077 / Tues-Sat 10-4

A Bea Lillie song...
December 22, 2005 – With "Memoirs of a Geisha" now a movie, it may be time to trot out a Bea Lillie (Dietz/Schwartz) song from 1935, "Get Yourself A Geisha". Very funny, with faux-Japanese music, from the B'way show "At Home Abroad". In it she inimitably sings in the intro:

"If you have only read Lafcadio Hearn — his books — his books upon Japan,
I don't see how on earth you could possible learn — anything about the isle of Nippon;
It's an island you should take a trip on. Do you mind if I give a tip on
The way you should really see Nippon?"
...and it goes on. The subtitle of "Get Yourself a Geisha", demurely and hilariously double-entendred, is "It's better with your shoes off." Didn't know if anyone out there knew Lafcadio made it into a Bea Lillie song; I guess he was that well-known then.
--Annie Lebeaux

Lafcadio Hearn Books for sale
December 27, 2005 – Downsizing into a retirement home has forced me to consider selling my modest collection of Lafcadio Hearn Books. Lafcadio Hearn, if I am not mistaken, was my mother's uncle on her mother's side of the family. I believe most of the books to be first editions in good condition (based on my limited knowledge of old book conditions). Due to my soft speech, as a result of Parkinson's, if you are interested in obtaining more detailed information on any of these books please contact my son, Brian Holmes at 905-751-1230 or MS Excel list of the books

Thomas A. Holmes
Toronto, Canada

Hearn signature & portrait
December 31, 2005 – The Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum in Matsue offers a nice postcard portrait of Hearn which bears a reproduction of his signature. They also have an introductory brochure (in English) with a facsimilie signature.
Can anyone direct me to a source for photographs of Hearn? I'd like an 8" X 10" to frame.

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