Title THE POETICAL WORKS OF JONATHAN E. HOAG: "Hoag attains a felicity amounting to sheer genius! - H.P. Lovecraft. LOVECRAFT'S 1ST APPEARANCE IN HARDCOVER! SOLD!
Publisher New York, 1923.
Seller ID 639
"(Hoag's) image-drawing occasionally attains a felicity amounting to sheer genius . . ." - H.P. Lovecraft. It's a little difficult at first, to see how Lovecraft could've possibly gotten himself involved in this vanity publication never mind taken this pablum seriously; especially as he took no payment! But Lovecraft seizes the opportunity to use the introduction as his pulpit to "Trump" [sorry, I just had to do it!] the "moderns" and Trump-et his own brand of Conservatism that is clearly echoed in Hoag's poetry - "Penned in this age of chaos and change, fever and flourish, the present collection of poems is probably unique in its defiance of time and whim" - I would only add, "one hopes so!" And Lovecraft continues - "(Hoag's) was an idyllic kind of rural life which has today largely vanished through the incursion of the railway, telephone, and postal system . . . there was a certain beauty and freshness from . . . the cycle of fundamental acts and processes - ploughing, spinning, sowing, cultivating, reaping, storing; stock-raising, shearing weaving, sewing, baking, candle-making all the simple, homely little deeds which modernity has banished from most individual lives through co-operative effort." [Just sounde like bloody hard work to me - something I couldn't ever see Lovecraft himself doing!] And HPL continues ad nauseam - "["Hoag} learned from the very first that essential continuity of life & thought which our moderns learn too late or not at all; and never swerved from conservatism and sanity as he grew to the six feet of sturdy Hoag, Wing, Allen and Gifford brawn which he has today." Well this five-page diatribe is rather amusing now in looking backward! It IS a notable book in that it is Lovecraft's first appearance between hardcovers and six of HPL's poems honoring Hoag are included. Not an uncommon book but this copy is in excellent condition with the stamping - especially the spine - still quite readable. Issued w/o d.j. SOLD!