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(Howard Phillips Lovecraft)
20.08.1890-15.03.1937


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Below is an alphabetical list of Lovecrafts fiction, revisions, collaborations, and miscellaneous minor works, as well as some tales that are not extant.
The Alchemist (1908)
Ashes (with C. M. Eddy, Jr.; 1923)
At the Mountains of Madness (February-22 March 1931)
Azathoth (June 1922)
The Battle that Ended the Century (with R. H. Barlow; June 1934)
The Beast in the Cave (21 April 1905)
Beyond the Wall of Sleep (1919)
The Book (late 1933?)
The Call of Cthulhu (Summer 1926)
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward (January-1 March 1927)
The Cats of Ulthar (15 June 1920)
Celephaïs (early November 1920)
The Challenge from Beyond (with C. L. Moore; A. Merritt; Robert E. Howard, and Frank Belknap Long; August 1935)
Collapsing Cosmoses (with R. H. Barlow; June 1935)
The Colour Out of Space (March 1927)
Cool Air (March 1926)
The Crawling Chaos (with Winifred V. Jackson; 1920/21)
The Curse of Yig (with Zealia Bishop; 1928)
Dagon (July 1917)
Deaf, Dumb, and Blind (with C. M. Eddy, Jr.; 1924?)
The Descendant (1926?)
The Diary of Alonzo Typer (with William Lumley; October 1935)
The Disinterment (with Duane W. Rimel; September 1935)
The Doom That Came to Sarnath (3 December 1919)
The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath (Autumn? 1926-22 January 1927)
The Dreams in the Witch House (January-28 February 1932)
The Dunwich Horror (Summer 1928)
The Electric Executioner (with Adolphe de Castro; 1929?)
The Evil Clergyman (October 1933)
Ex Oblivione (1920/21)
Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family (1920)
The Festival (October 1923)
From Beyond (16 November 1920)
The Ghost-Eater (with C. M. Eddy, Jr.; 1923)
The Green Meadow (with Winifred V. Jackson; 1918/19)
The Haunted House (1898/1902; nonextant)
The Haunter of the Dark (November 1935)
He (11 August 1925)
Herbert West Reanimator (September 1921-mid 1922)
History of the Necronomicon (1927)
The Horror at Martins Beach (with Sonia H. Greene; June 1922)
The Horror at Red Hook (1-2 August 1925)
The Horror in the Burying-Ground (with Hazel Heald; 1933/35)
The Horror in the Museum (with Hazel Heald; October 1932)
The Hound (September 1922)
Hypnos (March 1922)
Ibid (1928?)
In the Vault (18 September 1925)
In the Walls of Eryx (with Kenneth Sterling; January 1936)
John, the Detective (1898/1902; nonextant)
The Last Test (with Adolphe de Castro; 1927)
Life and Death (1920?; lost)
The Little Glass Bottle (1897)
The Loved Dead (with C. M. Eddy, Jr.; 1923)

The Lurking Fear (November 1922)
The Man of Stone (with Hazel Heald; 1932)
Medusas Coil (with Zealia Bishop; May 1930)
Memory (1919)
The Moon-Bog (March 1921)
The Mound (with Zealia Bishop; December 1929-early 1930)
The Music of Erich Zann (December 1921)
The Mysterious Ship (1902)
The Mystery of the Grave-Yard (1898)
The Mystery of Murdon Grange (1918; nonextant)
The Nameless City (January 1921)
The Night Ocean (with R. H. Barlow; Autumn? 1936)
The Noble Eavesdropper (1897?; nonextant)
Nyarlathotep (early December 1920)
Old Bugs (1919)
The Other Gods (14 August 1921)
Out of the Aeons (with Hazel Heald; 1933)
The Outsider (1921)
Pickmans Model (1926)
The Picture (1907; nonextant)
The Picture in the House (12 December 1920)
Poetry and the Gods (with Anna Helen Crofts; 1920)
Polaris (May? 1918)
The Quest of Iranon (28 February 1921)
The Rats in the Walls (August-September 1923)
A Reminiscence of Dr. Samuel Johnson (1917)
The Secret of the Grave (1898/1902; nonextant)
The Secret Cave or John Lees Adventure (1898)
The Shadow Out of Time (November 1934-March 1935)
The Shadow Over Innsmouth (November?-3 December 1931)
The Shunned House (16-19 October 1924)

The Silver Key (1926)
The Statement of Randolph Carter (December 1919)
The Strange High House in the Mist (9 November 1926)
The Street (1920?)
Sweet Ermengarde (1917)
The Temple (1920)
The Terrible Old Man (28 January 1920)
The Thing in the Moonlight (spurious)
The Thing on the Doorstep (21-24 August 1933)
Through the Gates of the Silver Key (with E. Hoffmann Price; October 1932-April 1933)
Till A the Seas (with R. H. Barlow; January 1935)
The Tomb (June 1917)
The Transition of Juan Romero (16 September 1919)
The Trap (with Henry S. Whitehead; late 1931)
The Tree (1920)
The Tree on the Hill (with Duane W. Rimel; May 1934)
Two Black Bottles (with Wilfred Blanch Talman; July-October 1926)
Under the Pyramids (with Harry Houdini; February-March 1924)
The Unnamable (September 1923)
The Very Old Folk (2 November 1927)
What the Moon Brings (5 June 1922)
The Whisperer in Darkness (24 February-26 September 1930)
The White Ship (November 1919)
Winged Death (with Hazel Heald; 1933)


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Below is a chronological list of Lovecrafts fiction, revisions, collaborations, and miscellaneous minor works, as well as some tales that are not extant.
1897? The Noble Eavesdropper (nonextant)
1897 The Little Glass Bottle
1898 The Secret Cave or John Lees Adventure
1898 The Mystery of the Grave-Yard
1898/1902 The Haunted House (nonextant)
1898/1902 The Secret of the Grave (nonextant)
1898/1902 John, the Detective (nonextant)
1902 The Mysterious Ship
1905, April 21 The Beast in the Cave
1907 The Picture (nonextant)
1908 The Alchemist
1917, June The Tomb
1917, July Dagon
1917 A Reminiscence of Dr. Samuel Johnson
1917 Sweet Ermengarde
1918, May? Polaris
1918 The Mystery of Murdon Grange (nonextant)
1918/19 The Green Meadow (with Winifred V. Jackson)
1919 Beyond the Wall of Sleep
1919 Memory
1919 Old Bugs
1919, September 16 The Transition of Juan Romero
1919, November The White Ship
1919, December 3 The Doom That Came to Sarnath
1919, December The Statement of Randolph Carter
1920, January 28 The Terrible Old Man
1920 The Tree
1920, June 15 The Cats of Ulthar
1920 The Temple
1920 Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family
1920? The Street
1920? Life and Death (lost)
1920 Poetry and the Gods (with Anna Helen Crofts)
1920, early November Celephaïs
1920, November 16 From Beyond
1920, early December Nyarlathotep
1920, December 12 The Picture in the House
1920/21 The Crawling Chaos (with Winifred V. Jackson)
1920/21 Ex Oblivione
1921, January The Nameless City
1921, February 28 The Quest of Iranon
1921, March The Moon-Bog
1921 The Outsider
1921, August 14 The Other Gods
1921, December The Music of Erich Zann
1921, September to mid-1922 Herbert West Reanimator
1922, March Hypnos
1922, June 5 What the Moon Brings
1922, June Azathoth
1922, June The Horror at Martins Beach (with Sonia H. Greene)
1922, September The Hound
1922, November The Lurking Fear
1923, August-September The Rats in the Walls
1923, September The Unnamable
1923 Ashes (with C. M. Eddy, Jr.)
1923 The Ghost-Eater (with C. M. Eddy, Jr.)
1923 The Loved Dead (with C. M. Eddy, Jr.)
1923, October The Festival
1924? Deaf, Dumb, and Blind (with C. M. Eddy, Jr.)
1924, February-March Under the Pyramids (with Harry Houdini)
1924, October 16-19 The Shunned House
1925, August 1-2 The Horror at Red Hook
1925, August 11 He
1925, September 18 In the Vault
1926? The Descendant
1926, March Cool Air
1926, Summer The Call of Cthulhu
1926, July-October Two Black Bottles (with Wilfred Blanch Talman)
1926 Pickmans Model
1926 The Silver Key
1926, November 9 The Strange High House in the Mist
1926, Autumn? to 1927, January 22 The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath
1927, January to March 1 The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
1927, March The Colour Out of Space
1927, November 2 The Very Old Folk
1927, November 25 The Thing in the Moonlight (spurious)
1927 The Last Test (with Adolphe de Castro)
1927 History of the Necronomicon
1928 The Curse of Yig (with Zealia Bishop)
1928? Ibid
1928, Summer The Dunwich Horror
1929? The Electric Executioner (with Adolphe de Castro)
1929, December to early 1930 The Mound (with Zealia Bishop)
1930, May Medusas Coil (with Zealia Bishop)
1930, February 24 to September 26 The Whisperer in Darkness
1931, February to March 22 At the Mountains of Madness
1931, November? to December 3 The Shadow Over Innsmouth
late 1931 The Trap (with Henry S. Whitehead)
1932, January to February 28 The Dreams in the Witch House
1932 The Man of Stone (with Hazel Heald)
1932, October The Horror in the Museum (with Hazel Heald)
1932, October to 1933, April Through the Gates of the Silver Key (with E. Hoffmann Price)
1933 Winged Death (with Hazel Heald)
1933 Out of the Aeons (with Hazel Heald)
1933, August 21-24 The Thing on the Doorstep
1933, October The Evil Clergyman
1933/35 The Horror in the Burying-Ground (with Hazel Heald)
late 1933? The Book
1934, May The Tree on the Hill (with Duane W. Rimel)
1934, June The Battle that Ended the Century (with R. H. Barlow)
1934, November to 1935, March The Shadow Out of Time
1935, January Till A the Seas (with R.H. Barlow)
1935, June Collapsing Cosmoses (with R.H. Barlow)
1935, August The Challenge from Beyond (with C. L. Moore; A. Merritt; Robert E. Howard, and Frank Belknap Long)
1935, September The Disinterment (with Duane W. Rimel)
1935, October The Diary of Alonzo Typer (with William Lumley)
1935, November The Haunter of the Dark
1936, January In the Walls of Eryx (with Kenneth Sterling)
1936, Autumn? The Night Ocean (with R.H. Barlow)


General
Bibliography of fiction
Who's Who of Characters
Supernatural Horror in Literature with bibliography and links
RealAudio: The Dunwich Horror, "Suspense" Radio Show, November 5, 1945

Fiction
The Alchemist
At the Mountains of Madness
Azathoth
The Beast in the Cave
Beyond the Wall of Sleep
The Book
The Call of Cthulhu
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
The Cats of Ulthar
Celephais
The Colour Out of Space
Cool Air
Dagon
The Descendant
The Doom That Came to Sarnath
The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath
Dreams in the Witch-House
The Dunwich Horror
The Evil Clergyman
Ex Oblivione
Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family
The Festival
From Beyond
The Haunter Of The Dark
He
Herbert West: Reanimator
The Horror at Red Hook
The Hound
Hypnos
Ibid
Imprisoned with the Pharaos
In The Vault
The Lurking Fear
Memory
The Moon-Bog
Nyarlathotep
The Music of Erich Zann
The Nameless City
The Other Gods
The Outsider
Pickman's Model
The Picture in the House
Polaris
The Quest of Iranon
The Rats in the Walls
The Shadow Out of Time
The Shadow Over Innsmouth
The Shunned House
The Silver Key
The Statement of Randolph Carter
The Strange High House in the Mist
The Street
Sweet Ermengarde by Percy Simple
The Temple
The Terrible Old Man
The Thing on the Doorstep
The Tomb
The Transition of Juan Romero
The Tree
The Unnamable
The Very Old Folk
What the Moon Brings
The Whisperer in Darkness
The White Ship

Fiction: Revisions
The Crawling Chaos with Elizabeth Berkeley
The Disinterment with Duane W. Rimel
The Green Meadow with Winifred V. Jackson
The Horror at Martin's Beach with Sonia H. Greene
The Last Test with Adolphe de Castro
The Man of Stone with Hazel Heald
Medusa's Coil with Zealia Bishop
The Night Ocean with R. H. Barlow
Out of the Aeons with Hazel Heald
Poetry and the Gods with Anna Helen Crofts
The Thing in the Moonlight with J. Chapman Miske
Through the Gates of the Silver Key with E. Hoffmann Price
Till A the Seas with R. H. Barlow
The Trap with Henry S. Whitehead
The Tree on the Hill with Duane W. Rimel
Two Black Bottles with Wilfred Blanch Talman
Within The Walls Of Eryx with Kenneth Sterling


An American to Mother England
Astrophobos
The Bride of the Sea
The Cats
Christmas Blessings
Christmastide
The City
The Conscript
Despair
To Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, Eighteenth Baron Dunsany
Fact and Fancy
Festival
Fungi from Yuggoth
The Garden
Good Saint Nick
Hallowe'en in a Suburb
The House
Laeta; A Lament
Lines on General Robert E. Lee
Little Tiger
The Messenger
Nathanica
Nemesis
Ode for July Fourth, 1917
On Receiving a Picture of Swans
Pacifist War Song - 1917
The Peace Advocate
The Poe-ets Nightmare
Poemata Minoria, Volume II
Providence
The Rose of England
On Reading Lord Dunsany's Book of Wonder
Revelation
Tosh Bosh
Where Once Poe Walked
Waste Paper
The Wood


The Allowable Rhyme
At the Root
Cats and Dogs
The Despised Pastoral
History of the Necronomicon
Metrical Regularity
Notes On Writing Weird Fiction
Supernatural Horror in Literature with bibliography


Letter to August Derleth Dec 11, 1919 - describes the dream that formed the basis of The Statement of Randalph Carter
Spurious
To the American Flag by Jonathan E. Hoag
Death by Jonathan E. Hoag
The Inevitable Conflict by Paul H. Lovering. Currently being published (in Italian) as "L'orrore che viene dall'est" ("The Horror That Comes From The East"). Alleged to be a newly discovered work of Lovecraft. I disagree, but read it for yourself.


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HOWARD PHILLIPS LOVECRAFT was born at 9 a.m. on August 20, 1890, at his family home at 454 (then numbered 194) Angell Street in Providence, Rhode Island. His mother was Sarah Susan Phillips Lovecraft, who could trace her ancestry to the arrival of George Phillips to Massachusetts in 1630. His father was Winfield Scott Lovecraft, a traveling salesman for Gorham & Co., Silversmiths, of Providence. When Lovecraft was three his father suffered a nervous breakdown in a hotel room in Chicago and was brought back to Butler Hospital, where he remained for five years before dying on July 19, 1898. Lovecraft was apparently informed that his father was paralyzed and comatose during this period, but the surviving evidence suggests that this was not the case; it is nearly certain that Lovecrafts father died of paresis, a form of neurosyphilis.
With the death of Lovecrafts father, the upbringing of the boy fell to his mother, his two aunts, and especially his grandfather, the prominent industrialist Whipple Van Buren Phillips. Lovecraft was a precocious youth: he was reciting poetry at age two, reading at age three, and writing at age six or seven. His earliest enthusiasm was for the Arabian Nights, which he read by the age of five; it was at this time that he adapted the pseudonym of Abdul Alhazred, who later became the author of the mythical Necronomicon. The next year, however, his Arabian interests were eclipsed by the discovery of Greek mythology, gleaned through Bulfinchs Age of Fable and through childrens versions of the Iliad and Odyssey. Indeed his earliest surviving literary work, The Poem of Ulysses (1897), is a paraphrase of the Odyssey in 88 lines of internally rhyming verse. But Lovecraft had by this time already discovered weird fiction, and his first story, the non-extant The Noble Eavesdropper, may date to as early as 1896. His interest in the weird was fostered by his grandfather, who entertained Lovecraft with off-the-cuff weird tales in the Gothic mode.
As a boy Lovecraft was somewhat lonely and suffered from frequent illnesses, many of them apparently psychological. His attendance at the Slater Avenue School was sporadic, but Lovecraft was soaking up much information through independent reading. At about the age of eight he discovered science, first chemistry, then astronomy. He began to produce hectographed journals, The Scientific Gazette (1899-1907) and The Rhode Island Journal of Astronomy (1903-07), for distribution amongst his friends. When he entered Hope Street High School, he found both his teachers and peers congenial and encouraging, and he developed a number of long-lasting friendships with boys of his age. Lovecrafts first appearance in print occurred in 1906, when he wrote a letter on an astronomical matter to The Providence Sunday Journal. Shortly thereafter he began writing a monthly astronomy column for The Pawtuxet Valley Gleaner, a rural paper; he later wrote columns for The Providence Tribune (1906-08) and The Providence Evening News (1914-18), as well as The Asheville (N.C.) Gazette-News (1915).
In 1904 the death of Lovecrafts grandfather, and the subsequent mismanagement of his property and affairs, plunged Lovecrafts family into severe financial difficulties. Lovecraft and his mother were forced to move out of their lavish Victorian home into cramped quarters at 598 Angell Street. Lovecraft was devastated by the loss of his birthplace, and apparently contemplated suicide, as he took long bicycle rides and looked wistfully at the watery depths of the Barrington River. But the thrill of learning banished those thoughts. In 1908, however, just prior to his graduation from high school, he suffered a nervous breakdown that compelled him to leave school without a diploma; this fact, and his consequent failure to enter Brown University, were sources of great shame to Lovecraft in later years, in spite of the fact that he was one of the most formidable autodidacts of his time. From 1908 to 1913 Lovecraft was a virtual hermit, doing little save pursuing his astronomical interests and his poetry writing. During this whole period Lovecraft was thrown into an unhealthily close relationship with his mother, who was still suffering from the trauma of her husbands illness and death, and who developed a pathological love-hate relationship with her son.
Lovecraft emerged from his hermitry in a very peculiar way. Having taken to reading the early pulp magazines of the day, he became so incensed at the insipid love stories of one Fred Jackson in The Argosy that he wrote a letter, in verse, attacking Jackson. This letter was published in 1913, and evoked a storm of protest from Jacksons defenders. Lovecraft engaged in a heated debate in the letter column of The Argosy and its associated magazines, Lovecrafts responses being almost always in rollicking heroic couplets reminiscent of Dryden and Pope. This controversy was noted by Edward F. Daas, President of the United Amateur Press Association (UAPA), a group of amateur writers from around the country who wrote and published their own magazines. Daas invited Lovecraft to join the UAPA, and Lovecraft did so in early 1914. Lovecraft published thirteen issues of his own paper, The Conservative (1915-23), as well as contributing poetry and essays voluminously to other journals. Later Lovecraft became President and Official Editor of the UAPA, and also served briefly as President of the rival National Amateur Press Association (NAPA). This entire experience may well have saved Lovecraft from a life of unproductive reclusiveness; as he himself once said: In 1914, when the kindly hand of amateurdom was first extended to me, I was as close to the state of vegetation as any animal well can be...With the advent of the United I obtained a renewal to live; a renewed sense of existence as other than a superfluous weight; and found a sphere in which I could feel that my efforts were not wholly futile. For the first time I could imagine that my clumsy gropings after art were a little more than faint cries lost in the unlistening world.
It was in the amateur world that Lovecraft recommenced the writing of fiction, which he had abandoned in 1908. W. Paul Cook and others, noting the promise shown in such early tales as The Beast in the Cave (1905) and The Alchemist (1908), urged Lovecraft to pick up his fictional pen again. This Lovecraft did, writing The Tomb and Dagon in quick succession in the summer of 1917. Thereafter Lovecraft kept up a steady if sparse flow of fiction, although until at least 1922 poetry and essays were still his dominant mode of literary expression. Lovecraft also became involved in an ever-increasing network of correspondence with friends and associates, and he eventually became one of the greatest and most prolific letter-writers of the century.
Lovecrafts mother, her mental and physical condition deteriorating, suffered a nervous breakdown in 1919 and was admitted to Butler Hospital, whence, like her husband, she would never emerge. Her death on May 24, 1921, however was the result of a bungled gall bladder operation. Lovecraft was shattered by the loss of his mother, but in a few weeks had recovered enough to attend an amateur journalism convention in Boston on July 4, 1921. It was on this occasion that he first met the woman who would become his wife. Sonia Haft Greene was a Russian Jew seven years Lovecrafts senior, but the two seemed, at least initially, to find themselves very congenial. Lovecraft visited Sonia in her Brooklyn apartment in 1922, and the news of their marriage on March 3, 1924, was not entirely a surprise to their friends; but it may have been to Lovecrafts two aunts, Lillian D. Clark and Annie E. Phillips Gamwell, who were notified only by letter after the ceremony had taken place. Lovecraft moved into Sonias apartment in Brooklyn, and initial prospects for the couple seemed good: Lovecraft had gained a foothold as a professional writer by the acceptance of several of his early stories by Weird Tales, the celebrated pulp magazine founded in 1923; Sonia had a successful hat shop on Fifth Avenue in New York.
But troubles descended upon the couple almost immediately: the hat shop went bankrupt, Lovecraft turned down the chance to edit a companion magazine to Weird Tales (which would have necessitated his move to Chicago), and Sonias health gave way, forcing her to spend time in a New Jersey sanitarium. Lovecraft attempted to secure work, but few were willing to hire a thirty-four-year-old-man with no job experience. On January 1, 1925, Sonia went to Cleveland to take up a job there, and Lovecraft moved into a single apartment near the seedy Brooklyn area called Red Hook.
Although Lovecraft had many friends in New York Frank Belknap Long, Rheinhart Kleiner, Samuel Loveman he became increasingly depressed by his isolation and the masses of foreigners in the city. His fiction turned from the nostalgic (The Shunned House (1924) is set in Providence) to the bleak and misanthropic (The Horror at Red Hook and He (both 1924) lay bare his feelings for New York). Finally, in early 1926, plans were made for Lovecraft to return to the Providence he missed so keenly. But where did Sonia fit into these plans? No one seemed to know, least of all Lovecraft. Although he continued to profess his affection for her, he acquiesced when his aunts barred her from coming to Providence to start a business; their nephew could not be tainted by the stigma of a tradeswoman wife. The marriage was essentially over, and a divorce in 1929 was inevitable.
When Lovecraft returned to Providence on April 17, 1926, settling at 10 Barnes Street north of Brown University, it was not to bury himself away as he had done in the 1908-13 period; rather, the last ten years of his life were the time of his greatest flowering, both as a writer and as a human being. His life was relatively uneventful he traveled widely to various antiquarian sites around the eastern seaboard (Quebec, New England, Philadelphia, Charleston, St. Augustine); he wrote his greatest fiction, from The Call of Cthulhu (1926) to At the Mountains of Madness (1931) to The Shadow out of Time (1934-35); and he continued his prodigiously vast correspondence but Lovecraft had found his niche as a New England writer of weird fiction and as a general man of letters. He nurtured the careers of many young writers (August Derleth, Donald Wandrei, Robert Bloch, Fritz Leiber); he became concerned with political and economic issues, as the Great Depression led him to support Roosevelt and become a moderate socialist; and he continued absorbing knowledge on a wide array of subjects, from philosophy to literature to history to architecture.
The last two or three years of his life, however, were filled with hardship. In 1932 his beloved aunt, Mrs. Clark, died, and he moved into quarters at 66 College Street, right behind the John Hay Library, with his other aunt Mrs. Gamwell in 1933. (This house has now been moved to 65 Prospect Street.) His later stories, increasingly lengthy and complex, became difficult to sell, and he was forced to support himself largely through the revision or ghost-writing of stories, poetry, and nonfictions works. In 1936 the suicide of Robert E. Howard, one of his closest correspondents, left him confused and saddened. By this time the illness that would cause his own death cancer of the intestine had already progressed so far that little could be done to treat it. Lovecraft attempted to carry on in increasing pain through the winter of 1936-37, but was finally compelled to enter Jane Brown Memorial Hospital on March 10, 1937, where he died five days later. He was buried on March 18 at the Phillips family plot at Swan Point Cemetery.
It is likely that, as he saw death approaching, Lovecraft envisioned the ultimate oblivion of his work: he had never had a true book published in his lifetime (aside, perhaps, from the crudely issued The Shadow over Innsmouth [1936]), and his stories, essays, and poems were scattered in a bewildering number of amateur or pulp magazines. But the friendships that he had forged merely by correspondence held him in good stead: August Derleth and Donald Wandrei were determined to preserve Lovecrafts stories in the dignity of a hardcover book, and formed the publishing firm of Arkham House initially to publish Lovecrafts work; they issued The Outsider and Others in 1939. Many other volumes followed from Arkham House, and eventually Lovecrafts work became available in paperback and was translated into a dozen languages. Today, at the centennial of his birth, his stories are available in textually corrected editions, his essays, poems, and letters are widely available, and many scholars have probed the depths and complexities of his work and thought. Much remains to be done in the study of Lovecraft, but it is safe to say that, thanks to the intrinsic merit of his own work and to the diligence of his associates and supporters, Lovecraft has gained a small but unassailable niche in the canon of American and world literature.

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