Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Frontispiece

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Contents

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pp. v-x

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xii

This volume would not have been possible without a Publishing Initiative Grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH), state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which supported the editing of the texts and the work of collecting, scanning, and cleaning the woodcut images, ...

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Introduction: The Vitriol and Balm of a Nineteenth-Century Prophet

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pp. xiii-li

Historians have called the last few decades of the nineteenth century in the United States the Gilded Age, a period of technological progress and opulent wealth. But New Orleans was left far behind after the Civil War, showing few signs of renewed prosperity until the 1880s.1 ...

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Editorial Note

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p. lii

The reproductions herein of Lafcadio Hearn’s woodcuts are generally approximately 75% of their original size. The works for which additional information is provided in the Notes on Columns are indicated with a plus sign ( ) after the title. Dates placed above the title in brackets are unascertainable and therefore estimated. ...

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Text

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pp. 1-130

In ancient times criminals were delivered to wild beasts, who tortured and devoured them. In modern Louisiana criminals are delivered not to lions, tigers, or panthers to be devoured; but to certain fiendish winged things, which were anciently termed flitter-mice, and which possess, like certain monsters described by Rabelais, the power of stinking people to death. ...

Notes on Columns

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pp. 131-170

Bibliography

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pp. 171-175