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June 25, 2004

Hearn's Teacher's Notes Discovered

The Daily Yomiuri reported this week on recently discovered copies of essays corrected by writer Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904) while he was an English teacher at the end of the 19th century. The Irish-American, Greek-born writer - known to most Japanese as Koizumi Yakumo and famous for his Japanese ghost stories - taught at the then Shimane Middle School in the city of Matsue, where he lived with his Japanese wife, in 1890-91. The copies are dry photographic plates and were found at the Kumamoto Prefectural Library. They were donated to the library in the early 1980s by a playwright, though the nature of the contents was not discovered until last summer.

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