Thursday, July 4, 2013

Lovecraft in History—1938-1944

This is the third and last timeline of H.P. Lovecraft’s work, covering items that were published immediately after his death.  Lovecraft died on March 15, 1937.  Publication dates of his various works of fiction are listed with the work of some of his contemporaries, along with current historical or cultural events from the same time period.  Many of these last items were poems in his Fungi From Yuggoth series.   

The listings cannot be exhaustive, but hopefully provide some context.  I hope to update all three timelines with additional detail as it becomes available.  If you know of significant cultural or historical events that I have overlooked, I would be happy to add them to all three installments.

H.P. Lovecraft
Current Events
History of the Necronomicon
The Descendant
The Book
The Messenger
“Golden Age of Science Fiction” begins
Hollerbochen’s Dilemma, by Ray Bradbury, (first story published)
Flash Gordon’s Trip to Mars
Universal Studios’ original line of movie monsters, (Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy, the Wolf Man, the Invisible Man, etc.)
Mother of Toads, by Clark Ashton Smith

S.S. Queen Elizabeth launched
40-hour work week becomes law
Beginnings of World War II
The Evil Clergyman
The Outsider and Others (Arkham anthology)
Ether Breather, by Theodore Sturgeon, (first story published).
Marooned Off Vesta, by Isaac Asimov, (first story published)
The Wizard of Oz (film)
The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
First televised baseball game
Radar used in Britain to warn of air attack
Arkham House is founded.
The Very Old Folk
Fantasia, (film)
Duke Ellington becomes well known jazz composer
“When You Wish Upon a Star” (song)
The Lesser Brethren Mourn, by Seabury Quinn
The Lascaux cave paintings are discovered in France
First successful helicopter
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
The Thing in the Moonlight
The Wolf Man (film)
Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (film)
“Chattanooga Choo-Choo”, (song)
Evening Primrose, by John Collier
The Smoke Ghost, by Fritz Leiber
U.S. enters World War II
Manhattan Project begins
The Ghost of Frankenstein (film)
The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis
Mimic, by Donald A. Wollheim
Sugar, gasoline and coffee rationed in the U.S.
First jet airplane
The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath
The Pigeon-Flyers
St. Toads
Evening Star
Beyond the Wall of Sleep (Arkham anthology)
Son of Dracula (film)
Casablanca, (film)
Oklahoma! (musical)
Frogfather, by Manly Wade Wellman
Baynter’s Imp, by August Derleth
Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper, by Robert Bloch
The Crowd, by Ray Bradbury
Race riots break out as African Americans move north into big cities
Rent, wage and price freezes; more extensive rationing of shoes, meat, cheese, fats, and canned goods
Penicillin and streptomycin discovered
The Transition of Juan Romero
Marginalia (Arkham anthology)
The Mummy’s Curse (film)
The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams, (play)
Appalachian Spring, by Aaron Copland, (symphony)
Cost of living increases 30%
Batman and Robin comic strip begins
World’s largest circus tent catches fire

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