The stories and articles by Lafcadio Hearn in this volume are now collected in book form for the first time. They rank with his best work.
The opening story, “Karma,” is the most personal product from Hearn’s pen, as he rarely took the public into his confidence. No doubt the ideal love described in this great tale was an experience of his own. The story originally appeared in Lippincott’s Magazine for May, 1890.
“A Ghost” – a beautiful prose-poem – appeared in Harper’s Magazine for December, 1889.
“The First Muezzin” was a work of great labour and love. In his letters to H. E. Krehbiel he makes numerous references to “The First Muezzin.” It appeared in the New Orleans Times-Democrat in 1884. The sketch was considered to be lost to the world. I inquired from Mr Krehbiel about it; he discovered it in a scrap-book, which he kindly placed at my disposal.
“China and the Western World” appeared in the Atlantic Monthly for April, 1896.