FROM Clark Ashton Smith
TO Virgil Finlay


Apologies for the delay in replying, due to excessive work; praise for the illustrations for Smith's "The Death of Ilalotha," "Psychopompos" and Lovecraft's "The Shunned House" in Weird Tales, for which Farnsworth Wright has accepted Smith's "The Garden of Adompha," "Mother of Toads," "The Prophet Speaks", and "The Maze of the Enchanter" (which appeared in The Double Shadow as "The Maze of Maal Dweb"), with hopes Finlay will get to illustrate them; on "A Night in Malnéant" and Smith's doubt of ever achieving popular appeal; on weird illustration and realism, and the differences between Smith's tales and Lovecraft's; Smith having no luck selling to the "slicks" and his growing lack of care about fame or recognition; on isolation; a continuation of their discussion of art, noting Finlay's admiration for the Pre-Raphaelites (mentioning Rossetti, Burne-Jones, Gustave Moreau, J. H. Huysman's Against the Grain, Odilon Redon, and Aubrey Beardsley); on Smith and Finlay's respective athleticism, with Smith's measurements; on exhibiting Finlay's art; hope August Derleth can use Finlay's drawings of HPL, and looking forward to Finlay's cover for Weird Tales (disparaging Margaret Brundage); Smith sold several carvings and a story ("The Dark Age") to Thrilling Wonder Stories; on being "out of tune with your generation," materialism and mysticism.

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