Bisland, Elizabeth. The Life and Letters of Lafcadio Hearn. 2 vols. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1906. An authorized biography.
Cott, Jonathan. Wandering Ghost: The Odyssey of Lafcadio Hearn. New York: Knopf, 1990. Particularly valuable for literary analysis.
Dawson, Carl. Lafcadio Hearn and the Vision of Japan. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992. This book’s strength is in its examination of Hearn’s European background.
Gale, Robert L. A Lafcadio Hearn Companion. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2002. An encyclopedia devoted to Hearn. Includes bibliographical references and an index.
Hasegawa, Yoji. A Walk in Kumamoto: The Life and Times of Setsu Koizumi, Lafcadio Hearn’s Japanese Wife: Including a New Translation of Her Memoir “Reminiscences.” Folkestone, Kent: Global Oriental, 1997. As informant and translator, Setsu provided Hearn with many of sources for his tale adaptations. Her reminiscences of her husband thus contain valuable accounts of his short-story production.
Hirakawa, Sukehiro, ed. Rediscovering Lafcadio Hearn: Japanese Legends Life and Culture. Folkestone, Kent: Global Oriental, 1997. Although quite miscellaneous, this important collection includes treatment of Hearn’s short fictions, such as the influence on one of them by Charles Baudelaire.
Hughes, George. “Lafcadio Hearn: Between Britain and Japan.” Poetica, no. 44 (l995). Analyzes Hearn’s role as East-West cultural mediator.
Metzinger, Sylvia Verdun. “Lafcadio Hearn: The Japanese Years.” AB Bookman’s Weekly, September 17, 1990. A concise sketch of Hearn’s life in general and his last years in Japan in particular.
Murray, Paul. A Fantastic Journey: The Life and Literature of Lafcadio Hearn. Folkestone, Kent: Japan Library, 1993. Like a number of the new works on Hearn, this one emphasizes the Irish influences on Hearn.
Ronan, Sean G., ed. Irish Writing on Lafcadio Hearn and Japan: Writer Journalist and Teacher. Folkestone, Kent: Global Oriental, 1997. A former Irish ambassador to Japan, Ronan assembles tributes.
Stevenson, Elizabeth. The Grass Lark: A Study of Lafcadio Hearn. New ed. New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction, 1999. An authoritative biography.
Yu, Beongcheon. An Ape of Gods: The Art and Thought of Lafcadio Hearn. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1964. It assesses the degree to which Hearn managed to intuit a universal “philosophy” based on a combination of European and Japanese attitudes.