Lafcadio Hearn in the Atlantic

The Atlantic Monthly’s most recent issue reprints a few astoundingly prescient paragraphs that former Cincinnati Enquirer reporter Lafcadio Hearn wrote for them way back in 1896. The selection begins by predicting that “the industrial competition of China would be incomparably more dangerous to Western Civilization than that of any other nation.”

The jury seems to be out on the “dangerous” part, but the rest of the selection is pretty much on point. He even mentions the year 2000. The Atlantic will only let you read it online if you’re a subscriber, but it’s short enough that you can probably get through it before your magazine seller finishes the usual “This ain’t no lending library” speech. It’s on page 45. Of course, you could always visit your favorite downtown lending library and peruse the magazine at your leisure. We won’t yell at you. We won’t even overcharge you for Slim Jims.

Mr. Hearn led a fascinating life. A very generous Library member donated some of Hearn’s papers to us last year. They’re on display in our 12th floor lecture hall.

-Norm DePlume

Published in: on July 23, 2007 at 11:33 am  Comments (2)  

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  1. Blessed evening Mr DePlum,
    Do you know where I may contact Sylvia Verdun Metzinger?
    I understand she worked/ works at the Rare Books department of the Cincinnati library.
    Thanks so much for your help.
    Warm regards,

  2. Brad-

    The Mercantile Library is not affiliated with the Cincinnati Public Library, so I don’t have any direct contact information for Ms Metzinger. However, you may find some information on this page helpful:

    Good luck.


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