Letter from Lafcadio Hearn to Horace Elisha Scudder

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This is a scanned version of the original document in the Abernethy Manuscripts Collection at Middlebury College.

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Dear Mr. Scudder: - I don't know how I came to get 2 copies of Occult Japan. I will put one where I conceive that it will do the most good, & write the brief review you want about the other. - I must, however, tell you frankly that I am disappointed with "Occult Japan." It is written to make a popular belief seem ridiculous, and a nation ridiculous; - it was written, I know, in a bad humor with local criticisms uttered on Mr. Lowell's mood; - it is written also so as to give the western reader a conception of things which is neither just nor scientific. I don't like it. It is a tremendous piece of work, all the same, considering that the

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author kept himself entirely outside of the world he ridicules. I have been in that world: I don't find it ridiculous - it is full of beauty - and tenderness, just as it is also full of simplicity and scientific ignorance. I shall try to write justly about the book, but I wish you to know how I feel about the matter, and what for me even to be just under the circumstances is far from easy. I send a little sketch, "In the Twilight of the Gods." If you don't like it for the Magazine, perhaps it might be advantageously added to the other eleven papers, as No. XII. Lafcadio Hearn Kobe, Feb 5th '95

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