By H.P. Lovecraft
Afterword by S. T. Joshi
Back cover text
H. P. Lovecraft’s interest in astronomy is well documented, especially by himself. And yet,
very few of the actual materials embodying this interest have been made available to the general
public. We are well aware that his interest was initially kindled in late 1902, when he was
twelve years old, by the rather old and outdated astronomy textbooks left behind by his maternal
But Lovecraft’s devotion to astronomy was expressed in literary work far
earlier than 1906. In the summer of 1903, he began issuing a journal, The Rhode Island
Journal of Astronomy
, and continued it for almost four years, with two additional issues
appearing in early 1909. In all, a total of 69 issues survive.
Almost none of these items have been published, and in some cases their
publication will be quite difficult. In some issues of the Rhode Island Journal of
, Lovecraft attempted to use coloured inks, with the result that these issues are
now virtually illegible. So the present publication may be one of the few glimpses we get of
this early phase of Lovecraft’s lifelong interest in the heavens.
- The Annual Report on the Science of Astronomy and It’s [sic] Progress During 1903
by H.P. Lovecraft
- Afterword by S. T. Joshi
A Facsimile Reproduction of The Annual Report on the Science of Astronomy, 1904.
By H.P. Lovecraft, afterword by S. T. Joshi. Warwick, RI: Necronomicon Press; 2018;
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