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Excerpt from Books and Habits: From the Lectures of Lafcadio HearnThese chapters, for the most part, are reprinted from Lafcadio Hearns Interpretations of Literature, 1915, from his Life and Literature, 1916, and from his Appreciations ofMoreExcerpt from Books and Habits: From the Lectures of Lafcadio HearnThese chapters, for the most part, are reprinted from Lafcadio Hearns Interpretations of Literature, 1915, from his Life and Literature, 1916, and from his Appreciations of Poetry, 1917. Three chapters appear here for the first time. They are all taken from the student notes of Hearns lectures at the University of Tokyo, 1896-1902, sufficiently described in the earlier volumes just mentioned. They are now published in this regrouping in response to a demand for a further selection of the lectures, in a less expensive volume and with emphasis upon those papers which illustrate Hearns extraordinary ability to interpret the exotic in life and in books.It should be remembered that these lectures were delivered to Japanese students, and that Hearns purpose was not only to impart the information about Western literature usually to be found in our histories and text-books, but much more to explain to the Oriental mind those peculiarities of our civilization which might be hard to understand on the further side of the Pacific Ocean. The lectures are therefore unique, in that they are the first large attempt by a Western critic to interpret us to the East.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.