FROM H. P. Lovecraft
TO Robert E. Howard


On climactic differences between Texas and Rhode Island (with mention of W. Paul Cook); pulp matters: "Worms of the Earth" to appear in a Not at Night anthology, just as "The Black Stone" last year, glad to hear Howard obtained Clark Ashton Smith's The Double Shadow and Ebony & Crystal (praising "The Hashish-Eater" in the latter), glad to hear Howard's agent Otis Adelbert Kline broke him into detective fiction (with mention of E. Hoffmann Price); on "The Festival" (and Margaret Murray's Witch-Cult in Western Europe) and historical tales (mentioning Edward Lucas White's "Andivius Hedulio" and "The Unwilling Vestal," and Lovecraft enjoying the adventures of Gottfried von Kalmbach); on Lovecraft's recent writing ("The Thing on the Doorstep," the Knopf rejection, F. Lee Baldwin to try and put out "The Colour Out of Space" as a booklet); on Lovecraft's Quebec trip (with comparison to New Orlean's French architecture and Florida's Spanish architecture), stopping in Salem on the way back to see the reproduction of the old-time village; on "Some Dutch Footprints in New England" in De Halve Maen (with reference to Wilfred Blanch Talman); on the Deane Winthrop house; a note on fountain pens and penmanship; a return to their old argument on aesthetics and values, human development and superiority, seguing into discussion of resentment and adverse opinion (in effect a lengthy apology or hope Lovecraft did not offend Howard), on the pleasure of trivial things, more on civilization (by way of an example on Gothic architecture), on the nature of human development and superiority, art, freedom, politics (with a preference for fascism, and mention of the National Recovery Administration), the frontier and violence (with reference to the Ku Klux Klan), and the situation in Texas (with reference to the Gladewater Journal) with references to, among others, Eddie Guest, Lord Monboddo, Albert Einstein, John Keats, Willem de Sitter, A. C. Swinburne; on the Urschel kidnappings (and mention of J. Vernon Shea having met Urschel himself); on Germany (picking up their argument again), seguing into mention of other international politics (with reference to World War I, the Nazis, and Mussolini); a clarification on Lovecraft's remark on radio programmes; a return to the civilization-barbarism argument (with reference to Lovecraft's prognostications on the Machine Age) with a correction on human sacrifice among the Romans (quoting a verse from Macaulay's "The Battle of the Lake Regillus" from Lays of Ancient Rome), an aside on Howard's comments on the ancient Germanic tribes, on genius in the modern age, on Howard's summation of their argument so far, more on biological superiority and human potential (citing Michelangelo, Thomas Jefferson, James J. Corbett, etc.); thanks for the cuttings; more prognostication on the Machine Age; a last line on appreciating Howard's recent tales.

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