Thursday, January 29, 2009

W Paul Cook Note Surfaces (1944)


"There are no more Lovecraft Memorials left" - W. PAUL COOK to F(ranklin) Lee Baldwin

W. Paul Cook was one of Howard Phillips Lovecraft's greatest friends and earliest champions; he also printed HPL's stillborn first book "The Shunned House". The death of Cook's wife and not long after, Lovecraft, threw Cook into a severe depression. Soon after Cook took a job with Walter J. Coates and his Driftwind Press just to try to right himself. Cook printed his recollections in 1941 in his masterpiece "H. P. Lovecraft: In Memoriam" , limited to only 80 copies. F. Lee Baldwin (a big name fan and "Acolyte" contributor) corresponded with Robert E. Howard, H. P. Lovecraft and others, and built a large Lovecraft collection during his long life, he wrote to Cook requesting a copy of his booklet. Unfortunately there were no copies remaining.

Wonderful historical and associational item here! A fine sampling of W. Paul Cook's handwriting.


Erik Smetana said...

Since you haven't posted the good news on here, I've had to hijack a comments thread. Congrats on the introduction to Punty's book. That is great news.

OCONNOR,CD said...

I am proud to say that this W. Paul Cook letter now resides in my private collection. My name is Charles D. O'Connor III. I am 26 years old and live in Virginia


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