Rare A.L.S. of H.P. Lovecraft
with excellent content
LOVECRAFT, H.P. (1890-1937). American writer of weird fiction, second only to Edgar Allen Poe as a literary explorer of the Supernatural. Choice and very lengthy autograph letter signed, one and a half pages on the verso of two color postcards of Nantucket, Mass [no date] but cards were mailed in an envelope, hand addressed by Lovecraft and postmarked Nantucket, Aug. 31, 1934. In part: “..on the run, spent last week in Boston, returning to Providence...only to pick up mail and set out for New Bedford and the Nantucket coast. Am now enjoying one of the real high spots of my antiquarian career...odd that I haven’t been here before only 90 miles from Providence. A superbly preserved Yankee whaling town part of a century ago, cobblestone streets, colonial houses, ancient belfries, picturesque wharves, winding gardens...nothing lacking. Old towns like Providence, Elizabeth Town seem modern in comparison. Here for a week in a third floor room with a splendid view of town, harbour and sea, exploring streets...on foot and have taken a motor trip around the entire island. About the most fascinating spot I’ve ever seen. I note your corrections as to the subscription. I’ve completely forgotten about the bargain rate! Sorry the financial loss continues - I would think fans would want to subscribe...am glad the notes on Hogson can be duly worked into the article...I appreciate vastly your design of dedicating the October FF to me and hope the issue will be well received. Your reservation of space for me is certainly generous. If I can find a copy in time I’ll send my verses “The Nightmare Lake” for consideration. If not I’ll wave the privilege. I’d better not dump any autobiographical stuff on you since Baldwin says he wants to give me a write up in your column before long. I’ll have to cut this short since the cold prevents my writing legibly. It’s really to late in the season for me to visit a northern seaport like this - the houses aren’t heated and unless the day happens to be above average for warmth I’m at a disadvantage. Florida not New England is really the place for my physique. Cold almost paralyzes my nerves and insides.” Signed “H.P.L”.
Together with the original envelope hand addressed to “Charles D. Harving, Esq., Elizabeth, N.J.: On the outer flap of the envelope Lovecraft has signed his name and added his return address. In very fine condition ..........................SOLD