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Wandering Ghost: The Odyssey of Lafcadio Hearn

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In 1869 a half-blind Greek-Irish teenager named Lafcadio Hearn came to Cincinnati, Ohio, and by the age of twenty-four became the city's most famous newspaper reporter on the strength of his lurid crime stories and bizarre explorations of the city's dark underside.

Fired in 1877 for his brief marriage to a black woman, he wandered from New Orleans to New York to the Caribb

Paperback, 438 pages
Published April 1st 1992 by Kodansha (first published 1991)
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Dec 21, 2010 J. rated it really liked it
Stunner of a biography, from an era before xenophilia became fashion.

First, its well worth seeing the film Kwaidan, for the wider impression. Somehow the film version sets the stage really well for the lifelong passions of Mr. Hearn, bewitched and entranced by other cultures just beyond his grasp.
But by all means see also

An exotic from the era when exotics emerged on the strength of their own willpower, not parentage or whim.
Sep 08, 2009 Anne rated it liked it
Kind of interesting bio of the troll who is Lafcadio Hearn, a Greek citizen who trvelled madly, and became one of the early chroniclers and writers of salvage ethnography about Japan. The book suffers from over-attribution of intention vis-a-vis LH's psychic life, and takes pains to save him from being racist/racialist/exoticist. _Ghost_ does embed a nice selection of LH's actual writings into its swath, which contain lots of lush description of various kinds of oral folklife, and what one might ...more
Jan 16, 2008 Kay rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Hearn's work
I had expected Wandering Ghost to be a standard biography, but the number of long passages taken from Hearn's writings made me wonder what the author's intent was. At least half (or more) of the book is comprised of these lengthy passages from Hearn's newspaper work and other writings.

At times these quotes serve to move the book forward, but more often than not they bog it down, as in the inclusion of an entire newspaper story about a sensational murder -- some 13 pages that, while they served a
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