Japanese Tales of Lafcadio Hearn

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Princeton University Press
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5.5 X 7.7 X 0.9 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author

Andrei Codrescu is a poet, novelist, essayist, and NPR commentator. His many books include Whatever Gets You through the Night, The Postmodern Dada Guide, and The Poetry Lesson (all Princeton). Twitter @acodrescu. Jack Zipes is the editor of The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm (Princeton) and The Great Fairy Tale Tradition (Norton).


"Lafcadio Hearn's writing is very important as literature and has long been critically recognized for its presentation of Japanese folklore and culture. With a clear, crisp foreword and an enticing introduction that contextualizes Hearn's life, this book brings together some of his most significant and enjoyable works in a convenient format for a broad audience."--Michael Dylan Foster, author of The Book of Yōkai
"This book reacquaints contemporary readers with Lafcadio Hearn's 'Japanese' fairy tales. This is a worthwhile endeavor and may help Hearn gain the place in fairy-tale scholarship that he deserves."--Melek Ortabasi, author of The Undiscovered Country
"The selection of stories in this collection is excellent. Hearn should be read by all lovers of Borges."--Steve Ridgely, author of Japanese Counterculture
"[A] weird--in a good way--collection of stories, gathered from oral and written sources by Hearn."---Christopher Tayler, Harper's Magazine
"[Lafcadio Hearn] devoted . . . his writing life to gathering Japanese folk tales and translating them into English. This new book contains the best of them."---Susan Balée, The Hudson Review
"If readers want to see the range of Hearn's interest in Japanese storytelling, then Codrescu's edition amply demonstrates the range of Hearn's interest in Japanese storytelling. There are, in addition to ghost stories, tales of lost loves, feudal loyalty and the contrast between appearance and reality."---John Butler, Asian Review of Books
"These tales beg for tellers. A great resource."---Jo Radner, Storytelling Magazine
"There is an excellent introduction by Codrescu . . . fascinating."---Damain Flanagan, Times Literary Supplement
"[A]n attractive production . . . [with] a wonderfully witty and informative introduction by Mr. Codrescu."---Sam Sacks, Wall Street Journal