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This was the first work presented in the Library of America’s volume of the writings of Hearn. It consists of several charming retellings of Chinese legends. They are all relatively short and to the point and written in a style that mimics the storytelling style of a Chinese sage.
Several of them stand out above the rest. These were, “The Song of the Great Bell,” in which a young maiden sacrifices herself to enable her father to produce a bell to the specifications of the Emperor, whose tone will ring out over miles and have the desired sweetness and character most desired, and, “The Story of Ming-Y,” a phantom tale apparently very popular among the Chinese about a young man who falls in love with the shade of a long-dead woman.
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, such as Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things. In the United States, Hearn is also known for his writings about the city of New Orleans based on his ten-year stay in that city.
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