FROM Clark Ashton Smith
TO Virgil Finlay


Apologies for not answering Finlay's last letter sooner, due to exhaustion; looking forward to Finlay's designs for "Psychopompos" and "The Death of Ilalotha," leading in to discussion of August Derleth's proposed collections of H. P. Lovecraft and the vague possibility of a British firm publishing a collection of Smith's poems and Smith trying to land work with Esquire; praise for Finlay's photos, prints, and sculptures (with a lament on stingy art-lovers and collectors); on Aubrey Beardsley (mentioning The Art of Aubrey Beardsley and Arthur Symons), Harry Clark (and his designs for Edgar Allan poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination, particularly condemning "Red Death"), Jean de Bosschere (The Golden Ass of Apuleius), Norman Lindsay, Felicien Rops, and Odilon Redon; sympathies for the death of Finlay's father, and hope Finlay will achieve recognition; on Finlay and Smith's sculptures, leading in to a discussion of Smith's lack of education (artistic or otherwise), and his methods; on Finlay's sonnets; on books, recommending Lafcadio Hearn, Ambrose Bierce, M. R. James, Algernon Blackwood, Everett Harré's Beware After Dark, Montague Summers (The Geography of Witchcraft, The history of Demonology and Witchcraft), and Grillot de Givry's Witchcraft, Magic and Alchemy; on Finlay's pictures of himself (comparing him to Goya).

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