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A Dreamer and a VisionaryH P Lovecraft in His Time$
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S. T. Joshi

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780853239468

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846312991

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What of Unknown Africa? (1902–1908)

What of Unknown Africa? (1902–1908)

(p.40) Chapter Four What of Unknown Africa? (1902–1908)
A Dreamer and a Visionary
Liverpool University Press

This chapter focuses on Lovecraft' discovery of astronomy and the literary products it engendered. In the winter of 1902, Lovecraft was attending the Slater Avenue School, but his statements lead one to believe that he stumbled upon astronomy largely of his own accord. Among the treatises he produced around this time is ‘The Science Library’, a nine-volume series probably written in 1903 or 1904, mostly dealing with the moon and planets, and he also began issuing several different periodicals, the most significant being The Rhode Island Journal of Astronomy. By 1908 Lovecraft seemed destined for a bright future: he was doing well at Hope Street High School; he had become prodigiously learned in chemistry, geography, astronomy, and meteorology; and he was accomplished in belles-lettres as a Latinist, poet, and fiction writer.

Keywords:   astronomy, treaties, astronomical periodicals, Journal of Astronomy

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