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Setsuko Koizumi (1868–1932) was the daughter of a Japanese samurai family in Matsué. In 1891 she married a foreigner — Lafcadio Hearn (1850–1904) — and their union lasted 13 years and produced three children. Hearn adopted her family name, becoming Koizumi Yakumo 小泉八雲,and spent those years in Japan writing, teaching, and achieving international recognition. Setsuko’s Reminiscences tells something of the couple’s moves and travels, but focuses mostly on the character, habits, and eccentricities of her husband. The book is a heartfelt and intimate portrait of a marriage that brought Lafcadio the home and family he had never before enjoyed. This book shares a charming story of domestic happiness, told by his closest companion, collaborator, and interpreter of life, death, and afterlife in Meiji Japan.
ISBN 978-1-60962-228-2 ebook
Meiji Japan, Izumo, Matsué, Zoshigaya
Asian History | East Asian Languages and Societies | Japanese Studies | Literature in English, Anglophone outside British Isles and North America | Modern Literature
Koizumi, Setsuko; Hisada, Paul Kiyoshi; and Johnson, Frederick, "Reminiscences of Lafcadio Hearn" (2022). Zea E-Books Collection. 116.