FROM H. P. Lovecraft
TO Zealia Brown Reed


Zealia's letter and manuscripts ("When a Woman is Tempted" and another, which Lovecraft suggested might be titled "The Unchaining" or "The Key to the (Chain/Prison/Cage &c.")) arrived, but not the article; criticism on the stories she sent, seguing into general writing advice on style (mentioning Edwin C. Woolley's Handbook of Composition), business advice on submitting stories to McFadden's True magazines, on avoiding mawkishness (citing Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Ubervilles, Charles Dickens, and de Maupassant as examples), as well as writer guides such as Roget's Thesauraus and Crabb's English Synonyms; specific costs for revision services; on writing in general. Postscript: More positive criticism for the more humorous story, which Lovecraft had finished revising, and he predicts it will meet with acceptance from editors.

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