1st Edition

Percival Lowell: Collected Writings on Japan and Asia

Edited By David Strauss Copyright 2007
    1650 Pages
    by Edition Synapse

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    This new set from Edition Synapse represents a complete collection of Percival Lowell’s writings on Asia (primarily on Japan and Korea) including fourteen journal and newspaper articles and transcribed letters to his sister and a leading imagist poet of the time Amy Lowell and Lafcadio Hearn.

    Travelling widely in Japan and Korea in the 1880s and 1890s, he published the works collected here which influenced Lafcadio Hearn and his books on Japan. His books such as ‘Choson’, ‘Noto’ and ‘Occult Japan’ were read widely amongst the American intellectual community at the end of the nineteenth century and played an important role for the formation of the early American image on East Asia. Edited by Davis Strauss, author of Percival Lowell: the Culture and Science of a Boston Brahmin (Harvard Univ. Press, 2001) , this set also contains a descriptive introduction for each article.


    Volume 1: Journal & Newspaper Articles + Letters (c.320pp)

    Introduction by David Strauss

    Korean Architecture, Proc. Soc. of Arts Meeting, MIT Meeting 329, March 1885, 7pp

    The New Palace at Soul, Science, Vol.V. #112, March 27 1885, 3pp

    The Hong Sal Mun, or the Red Arrow Gate, Science, Vol. V. #121, May 20 1885, 3pp

    A Korean Coup-d'etat, Atlantic Monthly, Vol.58 #34, Nov. 1886, 20pp

    A Visit to Shirane San, Applachia, V. #2, June 1888, 29pp

    Fuji: the Sacred Mountain, Poem, Scribner's Magazine, IV #3, Sept. 1888, 1p

    The Danger of Imitation, The Japan Weekly Mail, March 23-May 11, 1889, 7pp

    Sakura no saku, Boston Post, June 28 1889, 2pp

    The Fate of a Japanese Reformer, Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 66 #397, Nov. 1890, 14pp

    A Comparison of the Japanese and Burmese Language, TASJ, XIX, June 23 1891, 15pp

    Esoteric Shinto, TASJ, XXI-XXII, Feb-Oct. 1893, 132pp

    Ontake, Liber Scriptorum, 1893, 11pp

    Korea, The Churchman, XXIX #6, Feb. 6 1904, 5pp

    Introduction to Angus Hamilton et al., 'Korea: Its History, Its People and Its Commerce', Oriental Series, Vol. XII, 1910, 6pp

    35 Letters from Percival to Amy Lowell 1883-1914, 40pp

    Transcribed by Naoki Onishi (International Christian Univ.)

    By permission of The Houghton Library, Harvard University

    3 Letters from Percival Lowell to Lafcardio Hern, 1893, 6pp

    By permission of Ikeda Foundation, Niigata

    Volume 2

    Choson: The Land of the Morning Calm

    Boston, Ticknor & Co., 1886, 422pp

    Volume 3

    The Soul of the Far East

    Boston and New York, Houghton Mifflin & Co., 1888, 234pp

    Volume 4

    Noto: An Unexplored Corner of Japan

    Boston and New York, Houghton Mifflin & Co., 1891, 268pp

    Volume 5

    Occult Japan or the Way of the Gods

    Boston and New York, Houghton Mifflin & Co., 1895, 386pp


    Edited and introduced by David Strauss, Professor Emeritus, Kalamazoo College