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Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things 42 editions

Cover of: Kwaidan | Lafcadio Hearn
About the Book

"Kwaidan" translates from the Japanese as weird tales, which perfectly describes these haunting stories. This collection of supernatural tales includes a musician called upon to perform for the dead, man-eating goblins, and insects who uncannily mimic human behavior. A perfect treat for fans of the strange and otherworldly.

This collection of Japanese supernatural stories is a classic work in the field of Japanese horror.

Known primarily as an early interpreter of Japanese culture and customs, the famous writer Lafcadio Hearn also wrote ghost stories—"delicate, transparent, ghostly sketches"—about his adopted land. Many of the stories found in Kwaidan, "stories and studies of strange things," are based on Japanese tales of long ago told to him by his wife; others possibly have a Chinese origin. All have been re-colored and reshaped by Hearn's inimitable hand.

Some critics attribute Hearn's fascination with eerie tales to his partial blindness. Whatever its roots, he was clearly drawn to the hidden realms of the spirit world and to strange facts and marvels. In this collection of unforgettably haunting stories, Hearn brings together "the meeting of three ways"—the austere dreams of India, the subtle beauty of Japan and the relentless science of the Western world.

Japanese ghost and supernatural tales include:

  • A musician called upon to perform for the dead
  • Man-eating goblins
  • Insects who uncannily mimic human behavior

About the Author: Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904) was born on the Greek island of Lefkas, the son of an Anglo-Irish surgeon in the British army and a Greek mother. After his parent's divorce when he was six, he was brought up in Dublin by a great aunt. At the age of nineteen, he went to America, eventually ending up in New Orleans as a newspaper reporter. His flight from Western materialism brought him to Japan in 1890, where he worked for an English newspaper, the Kobe Chronicle, and taught in various schools. In 1896, he began teaching English literature at Tokyo Imperial University, a position he held until 1903, and at Waseda University. Hearn married a samurai's daughter, Koizumi Setsu, became a Japanese citizen and a Buddhist, and changed his name to Koizumi Yakumo. At the young age of 54, he died of a heart attack. Hearn's search for beauty and tranquility, for pleasing customs and lasting values made him a confirmed Japanophile. His keen intellect, poetic imagination, and wonderful clear style permitted him to penetrate to the very essence of things Japanese. He became the great interpreter of things Japanese to the West. Hearn's most famous work is a collection of lectures entitled Japan: An Attempt at Interpretation (published posthumously in 1905). His other books on Japan include Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan (1894), Out of the East (1895), Kokoro (1896), Gleanings in Buddha Fields (1897), Exotics and Retrospectives (1898), In Ghostly Japan (1899), Shadowings (1900), and A Japanese Miscellany (1901).

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42 editions First published in 1904

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Kwaidan: Kwaidan
May 23, 2007, BiblioBazaar
Paperback in English
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Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things (Stone Bridge Classics)
February 20, 2007, Stone Bridge Press
Paperback in English
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Kwaidan (Large Print Edition): Kwaidan (Large Print Edition)
May 23, 2007, BiblioBazaar
Paperback in English
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Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things (Dodo Press)
July 27, 2007, Dodo Press
Paperback in English
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KWAIDAN: Stories and Studies of Strange Things
November 8, 2007, Book Jungle
Paperback in English
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Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things
November 1, 2006, Echo Library
Paperback in English
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Kwaidan: Stories And Studies Of Strange Things
February 15, 2005, Tuttle Publishing
Paperback in English - New Ed edition
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Kwaidan
June 14, 2004, Cosimo Classics
Paperback in English
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Kwaidan: Stories And Studies Of Strange Things
July 30, 2004, University Press of the Pacific
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Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things
July 2003, IndyPublish.com
Paperback in English
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Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things
July 2003, IndyPublish.com
Hardcover in English
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Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things
June 2002, IndyPublish.com
Hardcover in English
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Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things
June 2002, IndyPublish.com
Paperback in English
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Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things (Writings on Japan by Lafcadio Hearn)
January 2001, ICG Muse
Paperback in English - New Ed edition
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Kwaidan
September 1998, North Books
Hardcover in English - Largeprint edition
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Kwaidan
October 2, 1998, Mercure De France
Paperback in French
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Kwaidan
January 1997, Books on Tape
Audio cassette in English
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Kwaidan
October 1, 1987, Books on Tape, Inc.
Audio cassette
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Kwaidan : Stories and Studies of Strange Things
July 1, 1983, Peter Smith Publisher, Incorporated
Hardcover
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Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things (Tut Books)
July 1971, Tuttle Publishing
Paperback in English
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Kwaidan: stories and studies of strange things
1968, Dover Publications
Microform in English
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Kwaidan: stories and studies of strange things.
1968, Dover Publications
in English
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Kaidan
1965, Kaiseisha
in Japanese
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Kwaidan.
1954, Kaibunsha
in English
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Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things
1932, Printed for the members of the Limited editions club by the Shimbi Shoin, ltd.
in English
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Kwaidan ...
1930, Kenkyusha
in Japanese
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Kwaidan: stories and studies of strange things
1930, Houghton Mifflin company
in English
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Kwaidan: stories and studies of strange things
1930, Houghton Mifflin company
in English
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Kwaidan: Seltsame Geschichten und Studien aus Japan
1923, Rütten & Loening
Hardcover in German - 19. bis 22. Tausend
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Kwaidan: stories and studies of strange things.
1904, Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner
in English
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Kwaidan: stories and studies of strange things
1904, Houghton, Mifflin
in English
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Kwaidan: stories and studies of strange things
1904, Houghton, Mifflin and Co.
in English
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Kwaidan: stories and studies of strange things
1904, Houghton, Mifflin and Company
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Kwaidan
Publish date unknown, Books On Tape
Audio Cassette
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Kwaidan: stories and studies of strange things
Publish date unknown, Dover Pubs.
in English

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