Ave • atque • Vale : Reminiscences of H. P. Lovecraft

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S. T. Joshi & David E. Schultz, editors: Ave • atque • Vale : Reminiscences of H. P. Lovecraft.  Necronomicon Press 2018, trade paperback, 502 pages.

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H. P. Lovecraft was one of the most beloved individuals of his era, and many friends, colleagues, and correspondents wrote memoirs of their association with him. This volume, one of the most exhaustive collection of Lovecraft memoirs ever published, gathers together some of the best-known accounts of Lovecraft the man and writer, including W. Paul Cook’s classic In Memoriam: Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1941) and Sonia H. Davis’s The Private Life of H. P. Lovecraft, a moving discussion of her marriage to the Providence writer. Members of the celebrated Kalem Club (Frank Belknap Long, Rheinhart Kleiner, Samuel Loveman, James F. Morton) add their assessments, while such neighbors as Harold W. Munro (Lovecraft’s classmate at Hope Street High School), Clara Hess, and Muriel Eddy offer unique glimpses of Lovecraft’s life in Providence.

As Lovecraft became a titan in the world of pulp fiction, such colleagues as Donald Wandrei, E. Hoffmann Price, and H. Warner Munn recounted their recollections. Late in life, Lovecraft became a mentor for a cadre of young fans and writers who were spearheading the fantasy fandom movement, and many of them—R. H. Barlow, Fritz Leiber, Robert Bloch, Kenneth Sterling, and others—told of their memories of the dreamer from Providence.

Ave atque Vale has been meticulously edited by S. T. Joshi and David E. Schultz, two of the leading authorities on Lovecraft. They have supplied biographical information on the various authors and annotated each essay thoroughly to explain obscure references and to correct errors. This book will be an invaluable contribution to the study of H. P. Lovecraft.



I. Some Overviews

Ave atque Vale! by Edward H. Cole

A Few Memories by James F. Morton

In Memoriam: Howard Phillips Lovecraft—Recollections, Appreciations, Estimates by W. Paul Cook

Howard Phillips Lovecraft by Samuel Loveman

Some Random Memories of H.P.L. by Frank Belknap Long

A Memoir of Lovecraft by Rheinhart Kleiner

The Normal Lovecraft: A Memoir to Restore Balance to the Shade of a Man of Delightful Character by Wilfred B. Talman

The Private Life of H. P. Lovecraft by Sonia H. Davis

Memories of Lovecraft by Sonia H. Davis

Amateur Affairs by Hyman Bradofsky

II. Childhood and Early Adulthood (1890–1922)

Lovecraft, My Childhood Friend by Harold W. Munro

Letter to Winfield Townley Scott by Clara Hess

Little Journeys to the Homes of Prominent Amateurs . by Andrew Francis Lockhart

Young Man Lovecraft by L. Sprague de Camp

From “Further Recollections of Amateur Journalism” . by Arthur Goodenough

Lovecraft Was My Mentor by Horace L. Lawson

20 Webster Street by George Julian Houtain

Howard Phillips Lovecraft: The Sage of Providence by Maurice W. Moe

A Tribute from the Past by Ira A. Cole

Discourse on H. P. Lovecraft by Rheinhart Kleiner

Memories of a Friendship by Alfred Galpin

I Met Lovecraft by Paul Livingston Keil

III. Early Professional Career (1923–1930)

Howard Phillips Lovecraft by Muriel E. Eddy

The Man Who Came at Midnight by Ruth M. Eddy

The Kalem Letters by George Kirk

Bards and Bibliophiles by Rheinhart Kleiner

Lovecraft as a Conversationalist by Samuel Loveman

Recollections of H. P. Lovecraft by Vrest Orton

H. P. Lovecraft: A Pupil’s View by Zealia Bishop

Lovecraft in Providence by Donald Wandrei

H.P.L.: A Reminiscence by H. Warner Munn

One Day in the Life of H. P. Lovecraft by Frank Belknap Long

IV. Later Years (1931–1937)

An Interview with Harry K. Brobst by Will Murray

The Sage of College Street

Howard Phillips Lovecraft

H. P. Lovecraft the Man by E. Hoffmann Price

Idiosyncrasies of H.P.L. by Ernest A. Edkins

Some Memories of H.P.L. by Helen V. Sully

Three Hours with H. P. Lovecraft by Dorothy C. Walter

[Memories of HPL (1934)]

The Wind That Is in the Grass: A Memoir of H. P. Lovecraft in Florida by Robert H. Barlow

Letter to Fantasy Commentator by Robert Bloch

H. P. Lovecraft as I Knew Him by Duane W. Rimel

Caverns Measureless to Man by Kenneth Sterling

Interlude with Lovecraft by Stuart M. Boland

Lovecraft’s First Book by William L. Crawford

My Correspondence with Lovecraft by Fritz Leiber

Miscellaneous Impressions of H.P.L. by Marian F. Bonner

A Glimpse of H.P.L. by Mary V. Dana

The Last of H. P. Lovecraft by John B. Michel

V. Brief Tributes

Howard P. Lovecraft [1890–1937] by Walter J. Coates

From “More Regrettable Passings” by Arthur Harris

Howard Phillips Lovecraft by Charles W. Smith

O Artemidorus, Farewell! by Ernest A. Edkins

From Maurice Moe’s Son by Donald J. Moe

A Walk in the Field by George W. Macauley

Letter to Weird Tales by Hazel Heald

Letter to Weird Tales by Robert Bloch

In Memoriam: H. P. Lovecraft

Letter to Weird Tales

Letter to Science-Fiction Critic by Clark Ashton Smith

Howard Phillips Lovecraft by Donald A. Wollheim

A Tribute to Lovecraft by Robert W. Lowndes

The Genius of Lovecraft by Henry George Weiss (Francis Flagg)

VI. Poetic Tributes

Elegy in Spring by August Derleth

To H.P.L. by Samuel Loveman

To Howard Phillips Lovecraft by Clark Ashton Smith

Biographical Notes