Saturday, September 05, 2009

Controversial Lovecraft

In Joshi's Dreamer and a Visionary, it discusses HPL's debate with Charles D Isaacson over the racial issue of (circa) 1915. Isaacson demolishes Griffith's film. Lovecraft, who had not yet seen it, praised the book and dramatic play from which it derived: The Clansman, Thomas Dixon, 1905. Many words were spilled by Mr. Lovecraft, and decades later he repudiated his opinion.

The silent movie was phenomenally successful. In its day, it was the highest grossing domestic film, taking in more than $10 million, roughly equivalent to $200 million today.

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