Books: Passionate Pilgrim

THE SELECTED WRITINGS OF LAFCADIO HEARN (566 pp.) — Edifed by Henry Goodman, introduction by Malcolm Covv/ey—Citadel ($4).

"Unless somebody does or says something horribly mean to me," wrote Lafcadio Hearn to a friend, "I can't do certain kinds of work—the tiresome kinds, that compel a great deal of thinking."

During his 54 years of life, Author Hearn seldom lacked inspiration of one sort or another: he managed to quarrel with just about everybody he met, for long periods slept with a loaded pistol under his pillow. Born in the Ionian Islands in 1850 of...

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