Letter from Lafcadio Hearn to Horace Elisha Scudder, Aug. 25, 1896

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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 think I may as well frankly state my present feeling that I shall not be able to complete a good book this year, - partly because I am called to fill a professor's chair at Tokyo, and partly because of the conviction that I have been working too fast. I hope to send you some articles before the winter; but

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I want the next book to be very good, - and, if I can manage it, not so heavy as "Kokoro." - I am going to send you corrected copy of the papers printed in the Atlantic, - except that on China & the Western World, which now strikes me as not up to the mark. If you attach much importance to it for book-form I might try to rewrite it later on; but I can consider it in its present

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form only as a hurried contribution to the subject of the hour. In regard to the other undertaking I shall probably work at it considerably during the year. I have a paper on "Composites" nearly ready, and others on the stacks. Very truly yours Lafcadio Learn Aug. 25th '96

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