In Memoriam, H. P. Lovecraft

From the New York Times for March 16, 1937:

WRITER CHARTS FATAL MALADY

PROVIDENCE, RI, March 15 (AP) –  Howard Phillips Lovecraft, 46 years old, a writer of horror tales, died early today of an illness from which he had suffered from childhood.  During the past month, when his condition became serious, he devoted his writing to a minute clinical study of his disease as an aid to science, continuing the daily chart until he could no longer hold his pencil.  His sole survivor is an aunt, Mrs. Phillips Gamwell of this city.

It’s not entirely accurate – Lovecraft’s illness had come to him with age – but this short article is nonetheless one of the few major media references to Lovecraft for many decades thereafter.  His long-time correspondent, Frank Belknap Long, learned of his friend’s death by reading it.

For those who want to see the original, it’s available from the Times in PDF.

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