“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”
— Mark Twain

Lafcadio Hearn in New Orleans

Posted: January 4th, 2020 | No Comments »

An interesting essay by S. Frederick Starr in a new collection New Orleans: A Literary History (edited by TR Johnson). It concerns the near decade Japan scholar Lafcadio Hearn spent in New Orleans from 1877, before his Japanese sojourn. The essay is interesting not just for more detail on Hearn’s pre-Japan background but his interactions on race in the city, including with immigrants from Manila.

Lafcadio Hearn – a couple of years after his New Orleans sojourn…
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