"... This, as you can see, is all opposed to the minute description of Nameless Tentacled Things + cavorting corpses - though now + then a writer can effectively break the rule + give the reader at least a momentary glimpse of some Entity which should not be."H.P. Lovecraft. Ten Autograph Letters Totaling Forty-six Pages Signed by H.P. Lovecraft to Frederic Jay Pabody. Providence, Rhode Island: January 20th 1932 to February 17th 1937. Ten letters in the hand of H.P. Lovecraft, totaling forty-six closely written pages on twenty-two sheets of paper, measuring approximately 5.5 x 9 inches each; and one sheet measuring 8.5 x 11 inches. The letters are signed either simply "HPL" or "H.P. Lovecraft." Although there is one letter from 1932 and one from 1937, the majority are from 1936.
Lovecraft was a prolific correspondent, communicating with and often mentoring his younger fans. In these letters, which are full of writing and publishing advice for Pabody, Lovecraft recounts recent visits with his "literary friends" R.H. Barlow and Adolphe de Castro, the suicide of Robert E. Howard, other "weird" fiction authors, the nature of good marriages and bad marriages, religion (or the lack thereof), some splendid passages about the nature of "seriously artistic" weird fiction, and his repeated inveterate hatred of typewriters. The June 19th 1936 letter includes a 3 x 5.5 inch hand drawn map or, as Lovecraft calls it, a "rough Mercator's Projection chart" of Kusha, a land associated with the myth of Atlantis. A remarkable collection of letters, written not long before his death on March 15th 1937.
Included is a photocopied letter from August Derleth, co-founder of Arkham House, to Pabody, regarding the inclusion of portions of these letters into what was eventually published as the five volume work The Selected Letters of H.P. Lovecraft (1965-1976). Derleth has made few light pencil marks indicating which passages he was considering to excerpt. Pages have light fold and edge wear, additional creases, as well as indentations and minor rust stains from paperclip use. The letters of September 17th and June 19th of 1936 have some off-set discolorations. Very good condition.
More Information: After all was said and done, Derleth ended up publishing only two portions from the Feb. 28th and June 19th letters, which appeared in the fifth volume of the Selected Letters as letters numbered 830 and 855. The majority of the letters in this lot remain unpublished.
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