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H.P. Lovecraft:
Letters to Maurice W. Moe and Others

By H.P. Lovecraft
Edited by David E. Schultz and S. T. Joshi

Back Cover Text

This volume presents Lovecraft’s correspondence with Maurice W. Moe, who knew Lovecraft for nearly the entirety of the latter’s adult life, from 1914 to 1937. Moe, a high school teacher in Wisconsin, was a devoted amateur journalist and also a fervent and evangelical Christian, and both subjects elicited sharp discussions from Lovecraft. The Providence writer’s years-long assistance on Moe’s book about the appreciation of poetry, Doorways to Poetry, may have helped inspire his latter weird verse, including the Fungi from Yuggoth sonnets.

The volume also contains Lovecraft’s extensive correspondence with Bernard Austin Dwyer, a weird fiction fan who engaged in wide-ranging discussions with Lovecraft on such subjects as cosmicism, Lovecraft’s upbringing, and political developments in the 1920s and 1930s. In addition, the relatively few surviving letters that Lovecraft wrote to the poet Samuel Loveman, as well as year-long correspondence with the noted bookman Vincent Starrett, are included here.

As with other volumes, this book contains a fascinating array of writings by Lovecraft’s correspondents, ranging from Moe’s essay on “Life for God’s Sake” to a rare weird tale by Dwyer. The volume has been exhaustively annotated by David E. Schultz and S. T. Joshi.


  • Introduction (28 pages)
  • Letters (495 pages)
    • To Maurice W. Moe
    • To Robert E. Moe
    • To Bernard Austin Dwyer
    • To Samuel Loveman
    • To Vincent Starrett
  • Appendix (52 pages)
    • Maurice W. Moe
      • Why I Am Not a Freethinker
      • The Church and the World
      • Life for God’s Sake
      • Looking Backward
      • “Once an Amateur, Always an Amateur”
      • First Steps in the Appreciation of Poetry
      • Maurice W. Moe on Amateur Criticism
      • Through the Eyes of the Poet
      • Imagism
      • Literary Appreciation
      • From Poem Comments
      • From Imagery Aids
      • Introduction to Poetry
      • In a Sequestered Churchyard Where Once Poe Walked
      • Edwin and the Red Knight
      • Seven O’Clock
    • Bernard Austin Dwyer
      • Ol’ Black Sarah
      • Beautiful Night
      • Fairies
      • The Snake-God
      • Letters to Weird Tales
        • Quinn’s Masterpiece
        • A de Grandin Movie
        • Who Is This Gal?
      • Letter to Strange Tales
        • “Oy! Oy! Oy!”
    • Samuel Loveman
      • Collecting Curious Books
      • A Conversation with Ambrose Bierce
      • A Holiday Post-Card
      • The Coast of Bohemia
      • A Whittier Discovery
      • [Untitled]
    • Vincent Starrett
  • Glossary of Frequently Mentioned Names (6 pages)
  • Bibliography (23 pages)
  • Index (14 pages)

Bibliographic Information

H.P. Lovecraft: Letters to Maurice W. Moe and Others.. By H. P. Lovecraft, Edited by David E. Schultz and S. T. Joshi. New York, NY: Hippocampus Press; 2018; ISBN 978-1-61498-218-0; paperback, 630 pages.

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