Fantastics,a series of weird sketches that appeared in a New Orleans paper. His first published book was One of Cleopatra's Nights (1882), a translation of six Gautier stories. In 1890 he went to Japan to write a series of articles for an American publisher. There he spent the rest of his life, writing what is considered his best work. He married a Japanese woman, taught in Japanese universities, and became a Japanese citizen in 1895, taking the name Yakumo Koizumi. Of his 14 books written during this period, Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan (1894), Kokoro (1896), Japanese Fairy Tales (1902), and Japan: An Attempt at Interpretation (1904) are most memorable. In all, he wrote 29 books, among them travel books, cookbooks, novels, ghost stories, folktales, and proverb dictionaries.
See E. Bisland, ed., The Life and Letters of Lafcadio Hearn (2 vol., 1906, repr. 2001) and The Japanese Letters of Lafcadio Hearn (1910, repr. 2015); biography by E. Stevenson (1961).
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