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Re: CAS correspondence
Posted by: Martinus (IP Logged)
Date: 17 October, 2017 09:29AM
Knygatin Wrote:
> Which of Lovecraft's correspondents are most
> interesting and enjoyable to read? For example,
> how do the letters of Donald Wandrei, R. E.
> Howard, and C. A. Smith compare to each other?

They are all interesting, particularly the REH/HPL correspondence since we have so much of both sides. In addition, I'd recommend the letters to Barlow, which show HPL at his best and most human.
> I also wonder if anyone here has read the letters
> of J. R. R. Tolkien. Are they intellectually
> interesting, or mostly socially polite courtesies?

There are many interesting passages, particularly when he expands on Middle-earth. But he is not as engaging an epistolarian as Lovecraft.

Re: CAS correspondence
Posted by: Knygatin (IP Logged)
Date: 1 December, 2017 06:51PM
I am impressed by CAS's very elegant handwriting. Coming from a man raised in a simple cabin/shack, under frugal conditions, far removed from high cultured society. Was it the standard style taught school children in those days? Or does beautiful handwriting come natural to talented writers?
For all the hours of training given me in preliminary school, my handwriting could still never approach that of CAS, not anywhere near even by a far stretch of effort.


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