Friday 27 June 2008

Lafcadio's Day

Happy birthday, Lafcadio Hearn, born on this day in 1850. His was surely one of the most extraordinary careers in literature. A lovely island, Lefkada - I spent a holiday there once. I remember taking a long, rock-strewn walk up to a famous waterfall, and finding half a dozen swallowtail butterflies drinking at a rock pool...


  1. An extraordinary career indeed! I read many of his books while studying Japan some thirty years ago.

  2. As big fans of Hearn's writing, my wife and I are hoping, when we go to Japan next year, to visit the small museum dedicated to Hearn in Matsue, which was written about in the New York Times a couple of years ago.