Out of the Immortal Night: Selected Works of Samuel Loveman
Publication date: August 2011
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Samuel Loveman was a friend of five of the most distinctive writers in American literature: Ambrose Bierce, H. P. Lovecraft, Hart Crane, Clark Ashton Smith, and George Sterling. But he was an impressive writer in his own right: next to Smith, he was the finest poet of the "Lovecraft circle," and his prose-poems, translations, and criticism reveal a fertile mind and an aesthetic sensitivity rarely found in modern literature. At the pinnacle of Loveman's poetic output is The Hermaphrodite, a long, gorgeously evocative poem that flawlessly recreates the atmosphere of classical antiquity. The Sphinx, a prose drama, is a riot of exotic imagery and diction. Loveman made little effort to gather his work, and this volume represents the first time that all his extant poems, along with generous samplings of his other writings, have been collected within the covers of a book. The result is a rich treasure-trove for anyone interested in the milieu of Lovecraft, Crane, and Smith in the early decades of the twentieth century. Samuel Loveman (1887-1976), a native of Cleveland, was a poet, translator, critic, and dramatist. Editors S. T. Joshi and David E. Schultz are leading authorities on H. P. Lovecraft, Ambrose Bierce, Clark Ashton Smith, and other writers.