Friday, February 19, 2010

Some Strange Experience:
The Reminiscences of a Ghost-Seer

Lafcadio Hearn (1850–1904)
From Lafcadio Hearn: American Writings

A world traveler who lived in the United States for nearly two decades, Lafcadio Hearn earned a reputation in Cincinnati and New Orleans as a journalist who portrayed colorful local inhabitants and reported on sensational, violent crimes. Shortly after he was fired from the Cincinnati Daily Enquirer for marrying Alathea Foley, a black woman and former slave, he went to work for the Cincinnati Commercial , where he published his articles either anonymously or under the pseudonym Ozias Midwinter (after a character in the Wilkie Collins novel Armadale). The following is one of his early articles for the Commercial, an interview with a reluctant “medium” whose “gift of conversation” brings to life recollections of a lifetime of frightful experiences.

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“They do say the dead never come back again,” she observed half dreamingly; “but then I have seen such queer things!” . . . If you don't see the full selection below, click here (PDF) or click here (Google Docs) to read it—free!

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Barbara D Darr said...

This is a wonderful posting---and I only discovered it this morning. I can hardly wait to go back and read the stories I missed. What a great way to start the week on this gray winter day. Thank you, Library of America.

Barbara Darr - Houston, Tx. and a member of LOA from the very beginning.

Barbara Schieb-Gibbons said...

This weekly story offer is a great "find" for someone, like me, who loves literature. I've already read this interesting piece and have printed several previous ones. Thanks!

Al Magary said...

The PDFs print out in nice large type so they are ideal to "publish" for my 94-year-old mom, who ignores radio and TV but reads everything I can round up for her. Thanks, LOA! (Meanwhile, I'm well past 100 volumes on my bookshelves.)

Roberta SchulbergGoro said...

Thank you for offering this magnificently written story to online readers.

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