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R.H. Barlow correspondence, 1934, 1943.
BANC MSS 2011/233 box 1
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R.H. Barlow correspondence, 1934, 1943
Robert Hayward Barlow correspondence


Barlow, R. H. (Robert Hayward), 1918-1951, creator, correspondent.


Lovecraft, H. P. (Howard Phillips), 1890-1937, correspondent.


Smith, Clark Ashton, 1893-1961, correspondent.


Baldwin, F. Lee (Franklin Lee), 1913-1987, correspondent.


Wandrei, Howard, 1909-1956, correspondent.


Correspondence (7 letters, handwritten and typescript) between authors of science fiction, fantasy, and horror concerning their writing and published efforts.
One letter (3 p., May 10, 1934) co-authored by Barlow and H.P. Lovecraft. Typescript by Barlow with manuscript annotations and a lengthy manuscript addendum from Lovecraft signed "Ech-Pi-El" [i.e. H.P.L.]. Typescript portion by Barlow ends with "Yours by the tentacles of Cthulhu" with a colored pencil drawing of the Lovecraft character in place of the signature. Also includes the original mailing envelope and two newpaper clippings referenced in the letter about a dog coming back to life, and sea captains deploring scientific skepticism about sea monsters.
Two letters (7 p.) dated June 29-30, 1934 and circa 1934, discussing art, art school, books, drawings etc. Includes an 8 inch by 8 inch pencil sketch of Lovecraft's Cthulhu monster, signed with Barlow's intials, EB [i.e. "Ech Bie" i.e. H.B.] on verso of 1934 Buick car advertisement.
Four handwritten letters (10 p.) written between January and August of 1943. The earliest letter (1 p., Jan. 29, 1943) was sent to Barlow by Baldwin inquiring about a story by Gustav Meyrink entitled "Golem." Barlow replies on the verso (1 p., Mar. 12, 1943 [misdated by Barlow as 1942]) and includes a handwritten copy of Meyrink's short story, "The Devil's Grindstone." Two more letters containing remarks about Barlow's past difficulties as executor of the Lovecraft estate, his current work in Mexico, and his desire to keep his library intact.


1934 (issued)


Barlow, R. H. (Robert Hayward) -- 1918-1951 -- Correspondence
Lovecraft, H. P. (Howard Phillips) -- 1890-1937 -- Correspondence
Baldwin, F. Lee (Franklin Lee) -- 1913-1987 -- Correspondence
Wandrei, Howard -- 1909-1956 -- Correspondence
Smith, Clark Ashton -- 1893-1961 -- Correspondence
Meyrink, Gustav -- 1868-1932
Authors, American -- 20th century
Fantasy fiction -- Authorship
Horror tales -- Authorship
Cthulhu (Fictitious character) -- Pictorial works


R.H. Barlow correspondence, 1934, 1943, BANC MSS 2011/233, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Purchase; from Terence McVicker; 20111011.
Robert Hayward Barlow was an American author, avant-garde poet, anthropologist and historian of early Mexico, and expert in the Nahuatl language.
In English.

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1 box (0.2 linear feet)




BANC MSS 2011/233 box 1