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Japan: An Attempt at Interpretation

Hearn, Lafcadio

ISBN 10: 1414264992 / ISBN 13: 9781414264998
Published by MacMillan, New York, 1904
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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549pp/color frontis. Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904), arguably one of the greatest Western writers of Japanese subject matter, died just prior to the publication of this final and perhaps best-known work; he had lived the last 13 years of his life in Japan, immersing himself completely in Japanese culture and, eventually adopting a Japanese name, Yakumo Koizumi. Disillusioned with modern Western society, Hearn adopted the Buddhist religion and became a naturalized Japanese citizen; he learned fluent Japanese in a remarkably short time and became one of the first non-Japanese to be appointed as a lecturer at Tokyo University. First publication with appendix. Corners bumped. Bookseller Inventory # 003300

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Title: Japan: An Attempt at Interpretation

Publisher: MacMillan, New York

Publication Date: 1904

Binding: Decorative Cloth

Book Condition: Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: 4th Printing

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As long as Japan's religious practices remain obscured and misunderstood, it will be impossible to interpret the country's art, history or even industry, argues the author of this work. After all, Milton, Dante and even Shakespeare can only be fully understood by those with a knowledge of Western religion. By analysing Japan's religion in depth, the author seeks to uncover what has long been hidden from Western view and to pave the way to a clearer understanding of Japanese life. The book includes sections on Ancestor-worship, the Communal Cult, the development of Shinto, Buddhism, social organisation, military power, loyalty, the Jesuits and many other topics.

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Patrick Lafcadio Hearn (27 June 1850 – 26 September 1904), known also by the Japanese name Koizumi Yakumo, was an international writer, known best for his books about Japan, especially his collections of Japanese legends and ghost stories. He was born in and named for the island of Lefkada, one of the Greek Ionian Islands. He worked as a reporter for the Cincinnati Daily Enquirer, working for the newspaper from 1872 to 1875. During the autumn of 1877, he left Cincinnati for New Orleans, where he lived for nearly a decade. In 1890, He went to Japan with a commission as a newspaper correspondent, which was quickly terminated. It was in Japan, however, that he found a home and his greatest inspiration.

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