The Pure Library Effect

On December 31, 1924, I established myself in a large room of pleasing & tasteful proportions at 169 Clinton St., cor. of State, in the Heights or Borough Hall section of Brooklyn, in an house of early Victorian date with white classick woodwork & tall windows with panell’d seats. Two alcoves with portieres enable one to preserve the pure library effect, & the whole forms a pleasing hermitage for an old-fashion’d man, with its generous view of ancient brick houses in State & Clinton Sts.


DESCRIPTION: In his diary, Lovecraft describes his room at 169 Clinton Street, which he had obtained after his wife accepted a position in Ohio and left him alone in New York.

CITATION: Lovecraft, H. P. “Diary: 1925.” Collected Essays. Edited by S. T. Joshi, vol. 5, Hippocampus Press, 2006, pp. 149-76.

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