Hearn: 19th Century World Citizen
Lafcadio Hearn, known to
many as Koizumi Yakumo, was a prolific writer, reporter,
scholar, teacher, translator, and by all accounts a true world
The Lafcadio Hearn Collection was donated to The University
of Alabama's University Libraries by alumnus Dr. Wallace
Bruce Smith, a 1903 graduate
of the University of Alabama Medical School. Dr. Smith
chose to donate the Hearn Collection to Special
Collections largely due to the Libraries' already strong
collection of New Orleans and Louisiana
materials from the T.P. Thompson Collection, which serves
as the core of the W.S. Hoole Library Rare Books Collection.
Lafcadio Hearn spent a
decade in New Orleans prior to making Japan his permanent
home in 1890. The Lafcadio Hearn Collection at the Hoole
Library is one of the most complete collections of rare
Hearn materials in the world.
To learn more about Lafcadio
Hearn, please see the Lafcadio
Hearn biographical essay provided
can also view a gallery
of Hearn titles in the PBO database here .
"Just as Hearn meticulously
cataloged and indexed his notebooks, his lifelong concern
in his writing was less to create works of art than to
capture and preserve what was in danger of passing away,
whether in Japanese folktales and the ancestor worship
of the traditional Shinto religion, or in Creole folkways
and the ghosts of old New Orleans."
Reconstruction: Lafcadio Hearn in
New Orleans, 1877-1887 by Dr.