Some Chinese Ghosts by Lafcadio Hearn

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This Point Blank Classics edition includes the full original text as well as an easy to use interactive table of contents.

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.


About Lafcadio Hearn

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Oscar Lewis, an American anthropologist, was renowned for his studies of poverty in Mexico and Puerto Rico and for his controversial concept of "the culture of poverty." After graduating from Columbia University, where he studied under Ruth Benedict, Franz Boas, and Margaret Mead, his first major book, Life in a Mexican Village (1951), was a restudy of Robert Redfield's village of Tepoztlan, which reached a number of conclusions opposed to those reached by Redfield. Much of the controversy over the culture of poverty disappeared when Lewis labeled it a subculture; ironically, reactionaries have used the concept to blame the poor for their poverty, whereas Lewis believed the poor to be victims. Many of his books are based on tape recordings of family members, a technique in which Lewis was a pioneer.
Published March 24, 2011 by Boston : Roberts brothers. 63 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, History, Travel, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Non-fiction

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