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Lovecraft and the Titans: A Critical Legacy

  • S. T. Joshi
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Abstract

The final chapter of Supernatural Horror in Literature identifies four “modern masters” of the weird tale: Arthur Machen (1863–1947), Lord Dunsany (1878–1957), Algernon Blackwood (1869–1951), and M. R. James (1862–1936). His identification of these figures as the leading writers of weird fiction for this period elicited controversy among later critics, but Lovecraft’s judgment was remarkably prescient and has stood the test of time. The literary elements Lovecraft praised in their work are detailed, as are the modifications of his opinions in the years after he wrote his essay, and the confirmation of his ranking by subsequent scholarship. Such scholarship vindicates his view that these were the titans of weird fiction during the period 1880–1940: the only figure missing from the list is Lovecraft himself.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. T. Joshi
    • 1
  1. 1.Independent ScholarSeattleUSA

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