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Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things 42 editions

Cover of: Kwaidan by 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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Publish date unknown, Dover Pubs.
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Publish date unknown, Books On Tape
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Audio Cassette
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1904, Houghton, Mifflin
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1904, Houghton, Mifflin and Company
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1904, Houghton, Mifflin and Co.
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in English
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1904, Houghton, Mifflin
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in English
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1904, Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner
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in English
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1908, Houghton, Mifflin
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1909, Rütten & Leoning
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in German
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1923, Rütten & Loening
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Hardcover in German - 19. bis 22. Tausend
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1927, J. Cape
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in English
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1927, Jonathan Cape
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in English
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1930, Houghton Mifflin company
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1930, Houghton Mifflin company
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1930, Kenkyusha
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in Japanese
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1932, Printed for the members of the Limited editions club by the Shimbi Shoin, ltd.
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in English
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1954, Kaibunsha
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in English
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1965, Kaiseisha
Kaidan
in Japanese
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1968, Dover Publications
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in English
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1968, Dover Publications
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Microform in English
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July 1971, Tuttle Publishing
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Paperback in English
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1971, Tuttle
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in English
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July 1, 1983, Peter Smith Publisher, Incorporated
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Hardcover
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October 1, 1987, Books on Tape, Inc.
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Audio cassette
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January 1997, Books on Tape
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Audio cassette in English
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October 2, 1998, Mercure De France
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Paperback in French
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September 1998, North Books
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Hardcover in English - Largeprint edition
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January 2001, ICG Muse
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Paperback in English - New Ed edition
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June 2002, IndyPublish.com
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Paperback in English
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June 2002, IndyPublish.com
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Hardcover in English
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July 2003, IndyPublish.com
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Hardcover in English
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July 2003, IndyPublish.com
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Paperback in English
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July 30, 2004, University Press of the Pacific
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June 14, 2004, Cosimo Classics
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February 15, 2005, Tuttle Publishing
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Paperback in English - New Ed edition
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July 28, 2006, Dover Publications
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Paperback in English
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November 1, 2006, Echo Library
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November 8, 2007, Book Jungle
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July 27, 2007, Dodo Press
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May 23, 2007, BiblioBazaar
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February 20, 2007, Stone Bridge Press
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May 23, 2007, BiblioBazaar
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Paperback in English

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June 9, 2017 Edited by siznax Added new cover
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