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This, the Lovecraft volume of Books at Brown, contains “expanded versions of papers given by participants in the H.P. Lovecraft Centennial Conference that was held at Brown University on August 17–19, 1990.” Also included in this volume are a series of letters written by Lovecraft to John T. Dunn, co-founder of the Providence Amateur Press Club. Dunn, who was “fanatically pro-Irish” and, therefore, anti-British, refused to respond to the draft in World War I and was subsequently court-martialed. Although he served a number of years in the Atlanta Federal Prison, he was released soon after the war and spent most of the rest of his life as a priest in the Catholic Church. These letters not only shed light on Lovecraft’s attitudes regarding World War I, but on his involvement in amateur journalism.
     This volume also includes a number of illustrations, including those of several of Lovecraft’s original manuscripts, his map of Arkham, his illustration of Cthulhu, and photographs of both Lovecraft (at 25), and his grandfather, Whipple Van Buren Phillips. The introduction also details the recent discovery of Lovecraft’s hand-written manuscript of “The Shadow out of Time.”


  • Introduction
    John H. Stanley
  • Some Thoughts on the Current State of Lovecraft Studies
    Peter Cannon
  • Lovecraft: Dreams and Reality
    Donald R. Burleson
  • Lovecraft’s Narrators
    Norman R. Gayford
  • Lovecraft’s Arkham Country
    Will Murray
  • Lovecraft’s Mythology of the Old Ones
    Robert M. Price
  • Lovecraft’s Parental Heritage
    Kenneth W. Faig, Jr.
  • An Autobiographical Study of “The Colour out of Space”
    John McInnis
  • H.P. Lovecraft and Surrealism
    Maurice Lévy
  • H.P. Lovecraft’s Reception in France since 1980
    Gilles Menegaldo
  • Recognition of Lovecraft in Germany
    Kalju Kirde
  • Italy and Lovecraft: A Case for Weird Fiction
    Giuseppe Lippi
  • Concluding Address
    S.T. Joshi
  • H.P. Lovecraft: Letters to John T. Dunn
    S.T. Joshi, David E. Schultz and John H. Stanley
  • Notes on the Contributors
  • The Friends of the Library
    Officers and Directors

Purchasing This Book

Please see the Books at Brown web page for more information on purchasing a printed copy of this issue. An electronic copy may be downloaded at no cost from The Brown Digital Repository.

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