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H.P. Lovecraft:
Letters to Rheinhart Kleiner and Others

By H.P. Lovecraft
Edited by S. T. Joshi and David E. Schultz

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Rheinhart Kleiner was one of H. P. Lovecraft’s oldest colleagues, having come into epistolary contact with him in 1915. These two amateur journalists were both devoted to poetry, and their extensive discussions of verse writing provide glimpses into Lovecraft’s extensive poetry writing during his early years in the amateur journalism movement. Lovecraft also wrote a long autobiographical letter to Kleiner in 1916, supplying little-known details about his ancestry, early life, and writings.

Other correspondents in this volume shed further light into Lovecraft’s wide-ranging involvement with amateur journalism. Arthur Harris was a Welsh amateur publisher with whom Lovecraft stayed in touch for nearly the entirety of his adult life. James Larkin Pearson was a poet who asked for Lovecraft’s assistance in the compilation of his poetical works. Paul J. Campbell was a longtime amateur writer and editor who was associated with W. Paul Cook. Having lost a leg through an accident, he founded the Fraternity of the Wooden Leg.

This volume also contains some intriguing letters with Winifred Virginia Jackson, with whom Lovecraft seems to have carried on a sporadic romance around 1920. In addition, there are a small batch of letters and postcards to Arthur Leeds, one of the lesser-known members of the Kalem Club.

As with other volumes in this series, the letters are printed unabridged and have been extensively annotated. A multitude of texts by the correspondents are provided to supply background on their life and work.


  • Introduction (24 pages)
  • Letters
    • To Rheinhart Kleiner (177 pages)
    • To Arthur Harris (99 pages)
    • To James Larkin Pearson (15 pages)
    • To Winifred V. Jackson (8 pages)
    • To Arthur Leeds (8 pages)
    • To Paul J. Campbell (27 pages)
  • Appendix (115 pages)
    • Poems by Rheinhart Kleiner
      • Alas!
      • Dream Days; or, Metrical Musings
        • III. “As Howard P. Lovecraft Might Have Given It Eighteenth Century Garb, in His Favorite Metre”
      • Another Endless Day
      • Motes
      • At Providence in 1918
      • Brooklyn, My Brooklyn
      • Epistle to Mr. and Mrs. Lovecraft
      • The Four of Us!
      • After a Decade
      • H. P. L.
    • Essays by Rheinhart Kleiner
      • A Note on Howard P. Lovecraft’s Verse
      • The Kleicomolo
      • After a Decade and the Kalem Club
      • Howard Phillips Lovecraft
      • Lovecraft in Brooklyn
      • Some Lovecraft Memories
    • Rheinhart Kleiner vs. H.P. Lovecraft
      • To Mary of the Movies [Kleiner]
      • To Charlie of the Comics [Lovecraft]
      • To a Movie Star [Kleiner]
      • To Mistress Sophia Simple, Queen of the Cinema [Lovecraft]
      • Ruth [Kleiner]
      • Grace [Lovecraft]
      • John Oldham: 1653–1683 [Kleiner]
      • John Oldham: A Defence [Lovecraft]
      • Ethel: Cashier in a Broad Street Buffet [Kleiner]
      • Cindy: Scrub-Lady in a State Street Skyscraper [Lovecraft]
      • On Collaboration
    • Poems by H.P. Lovecraft Addressed to Rheinhart Kleiner
      • The Bookstall
      • Content
      • To Mr. Kleiner, on Receiving from Him the Poetical Works of Addison, Gay, and Somerville
      • R. Kleiner, Laureatus, in Heliconem
      • To Rheinhart Kleiner, Esq., Upon His Town Fables and Elegies
      • [On Rheinhart Kleiner Being Hit by an Automobile]
    • Arthur Harris
      • The Birth of British Amateur Journalism
      • Charles Dickens
    • James Larkin Pearson
      • You Jes’ as Well Laugh as to Cry
      • Fifty Acres
      • Contemplation
      • When Inspiration Fails
      • The Poetry fer Me
      • The River and the Sea
      • The Lives of Men
      • The Grave-Tree
      • Israel
      • The Secret of Attainment
    • Winifred Virginia Jackson
      • Song of the North Wind
      • Galileo and Swammerdam
      • April
      • In Morven’s Mead
      • The Night Wind Bared My Heart
      • Insomnia
      • The Pool
      • The Vagrant
      • On Shore
      • April Shadows
      • Who Will Fare With Me?
      • The Cobbler in the Moon
      • Finality
      • The Tricksy Tune
      • Eyes
      • Deafness
      • Hoofin’ It
      • The Purchase
      • Have You Met My Buddy?
      • That I Might Be in the Cool Blue Wind
    • Arthur Leeds
      • The Man Who Sunned the Light
    • Paul J. Campbell
      • Ideals of the Amateur
      • A Representative Official Organ
      • Going to a Funeral
      • Adventures in Amateur Journalism
        • The Prince of Hobbies
        • Fellowship in the School of Experience
        • Around Amateurdom
        • Amateur Journalists’ Day at the St. Louis Fair
        • Cleveland Convention Trip
        • Elected Official Editor
        • A Plunge in Printer’s Ink
        • I Start Out to Conquer the World
        • Losing a Girl and Winning a Cup
        • Once An Amateur Always An Amateur
      • The Alumni and the United Amateur Press Association
      • The Joke Was On the White Man
      • The Good Will of a Dog
      • This Ain’t Love
      • Founding the Fraternity of the Wooden Leg
    • W. Paul Cook
      • The United Amateur Press Association—An Historical Survey: 1895–1912
      • An Historical Survey: 1915 (by Paul J. Campbell)
  • Glossary of Frequently Mentioned Names (5 pages)
  • Bibliography (34 pages)
  • Index (12 pages)

Bibliographic Information

H.P. Lovecraft: Letters to Rheinhart Kleiner and Others. By H.P. Lovecraft, Edited by S. T. Joshi & David E. Schultz. New York, NY: Hippocampus Press; 2020; ISBN 978-1-61498-312-5; softcover, 544 pages.

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