July 16, 2001

Lafcadio Hearn: Three Perspectives of the Journalist and Author

Afternoon of Lectures at Main Library Sunday, July 29, 1:15-3:45 p.m.


Most Japanese people hold Lafcadio Hearn, known as Koizumi Yakumo, in high esteem. He is less known to Americans except in journalistic and literary circles, and for his brief stay in Cincinnati from 1869-1877. Lafcadio Hearn: Three Perspectives of the Journalist and Author will be hosted by the Main Library, 800 Vine Street, on Sunday, July 29 from 1:15-3:45 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the Library in conjunction with Yakumokai (the Hearn Society of Japan), the Japan-Ireland Society of Kumamoto, and the Japan Research Center of Greater Cincinnati. It will include an afternoon of free lectures on Hearn, the journalist and author:

        Hearn�s View of Cincinnati with Owen Findsen, writer and retired Cincinnati Enquirer journalist

        Hearn and Dreams with Dr. Alan Rosen, Foreign Lecturer in English, Kumamoto University

        Lafcadio Hearn: One Librarian�s Interpretation with Sylvia Verdun Metzinger, Manager of the Rare Books & Special Collections Department, Main Library

Cincinnati was privileged to witness the formative years of Lafcadio Hearn's journalistic career, during which time he wrote over three hundred articles, for both the Cincinnati Enquirer and the Cincinnati Commercial.� In his own unique style, Hearn painted the Queen City as he truly saw it around him.

After leaving Cincinnati he resided in New Orleans from 1877 to 1887, and in 1890 moved to Japan where he married a Japanese woman and taught English and literature, first in two Matsue schools, and later in several Japanese universities until his death in 1904.

The public is invited to attend this free program. For more information on the lectures, please call the Rare Books Department at the Library, 513-369-6957.



Interpreter available upon request for the hearing impaired.� Please call

369-6944 (TDD 369-6946) at least one week before program.


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