Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Lovecraft in History--the Second Decade

Here is a another timeline of H.P. Lovecraft’s work, this one from his second decade.  Publication dates of his various works of fiction are juxtaposed with the work of some of his contemporaries, as well as some important historical or cultural events from the same time period.  The listings cannot be exhaustive, but hopefully will provide some context to his work.

H.P. Lovecraft
Current Events
The Green Meadow
Two Black Bottles
The Horror at Red Hook
The Colour Out of Space
Pickman’s Model
Supernatural Horror in Literature (Essay)

The Villa Désirée,
By May Sinclair
The Jazz Singer, (film)
Lindbergh flies the “Spirit of St. Louis” monoplane
The Last Test
The Call of Cthulhu
Cool Air
The Shunned House

The Red Lodge,
By H.R. Wakefield
The Beast With Five Fingers,
By William Fryer Harvey
First Mickey Mouse films
Charlie Chaplin
Gershwin’s “An American in Paris”
Maurice Ravel composes “Bolero”
Color TV invented
Geiger Counter invented
Black Friday—U.S. Stock Exchange Collapses
The Wood
The Silver Key
The Dunwich Horror
The Deserted Garden,
By August Derleth
Alfred Hitchcock directs “Blackmail”
Einstein’s Unified Field Theory
St Valentine’s Day Massacre
“Singing in the Rain”
The Electric Executioner
The Ancient Track
Fungi From Yuggoth  (various poems published throughout the 30s)
A Rose for Emily,
By William Faulkner
The Book,
By Margaret Irwin
Grant Woods painting of “American Gothic”
The Whisperer in Darkness
The Strange High House in the Mist

Formation of the Jehovah’s Witnesses
Nautilus submarine explores the Arctic Ocean
The Trap

The Hunters From Beyond,
By Clark Ashton Smith
Famine in the USSR
Dashiell Hammett publishes “The Thin Man”
First Tarzan Film
“Brother Can You Spare a Dime”
The Other Gods
The Dreams in the Witch House
The Double Shadow,
By Clark Ashton Smith
The Chadbourne Episode
By Henry S. Whitehead
White Zombie
By Vivian Meik
Hitler granted dictatorial powers
“Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” (film)
Byrd’s second Expedition to the South Pole
From Beyond
Through the Gates of the Silver Key

Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes”
FBI shoots John Dillinger, “Public Enemy #1”
The Quest of Iranon
The Challenge from Beyond

Formation of AA
Radar to detect aircraft developed
In a Sequester’d Providence Churchyard
      Where Poe Once Walk’d
At the Mountains of Madness
The Shadow Over Innsmouth
The Shadow Out of Time
The Haunter of the Dark
The Tarn,
By Hugh Walpole
Boulder Dam is built
“Pennies From Heaven”
Hitler and Mussolini form Rome-Berlin axis
The Thing on the Doorstep
Notes on Writing Weird Fiction (Essay)
The Seeds From Outside,
By Edmond Hamilton
The Werewolf Snarls,
By Manley Wade Wellman
Picasso’s “Guernica”
Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”
First jet engine
Hindenburg disaster (dirigible)

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