Chronology

1890
Howard Phillips Lovecraft is born on August 20th

1892
Parents rent quarters at the Guiney residence in Massachusetts

1893
Father (Winfield Scott Lovecraft) is committed to Butler Hospital
Lovecraft and his mother move into her father’s home at 454 Angell Street

1894
Discovers Grimm’s Fairy Tales

1895
Discovers The Arabian Nights

1896
Discovers Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1798)
Discovers Nathaniel Hawthorne’s A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys (1851)
Maternal grandmother (Robie Alzada Place Phillips) dies
Dreams of “night-gaunts” for the first time
Visits sites in western Rhode Island where the Phillips family initially settled

1897
Maternal aunt (Annie Emeline Phillips) marries Edward Francis Gamwell
Writes “The Poem of Ulysses”

1898
Attends Slater Avenue Primary School
Winfield Scott Lovecraft dies
Experiences a nervous breakdown
Discovers the works of Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)
Discovers chemistry

1899
Publishes the first issue of Scientific Gazette, a hectographed paper

1900
Mother (Sarah Susan Lovecraft) presents Lovecraft with his first bicycle
Experiences a nervous breakdown, which he attributes to violin lessons

1901
Joins the Blackstone Military Band

1902
Follows the Antarctic expedition of Carsten Borchgrevink (1864-1934)
Writes Poemata Minora, Volume II
Discovers astronomy
Maternal aunt (Lillian Delora Phillips) marries Franklin Chase Clark
Attends Slater Avenue Grammar School

1903
Witnesses the passage of Borelli’s Comet
Organizes the Providence Detective Agency
Studies under private tutors

1904
High waters wash out his maternal grandfather’s dam on the Bruneau River
Maternal grandfather (Whipple Van Buren Phillips) dies
Lovecraft and his mother move into 598 Angell Street
Attends Hope Street High School

1905
Writes the poem “De Triumpho Naturae”
Writes “The Beast in the Cave,” which appears in The Vagrant in 1918

1906
Lovecraft and his friends build the Great Meadow Country Clubhouse
Experiences a nervous breakdown

1908
Writes “The Alchemist,” which appears in The United Amateur in 1916
Graduates from Hope Street High School without a diploma
Becomes reclusive after graduation

1910
Witness the passage of Halley’s Comet

1913
Discovers Irvin S. Cobb’s “Fishhead”
Argosy publishes Lovecraft’s letter praising “Fishhead”
Argosy publishes Lovecraft’s letter attacking Fred Jackson

1914
Begins writing monthly astronomy column for Providence Evening News
Joins the United Amateur Press Association at the invitation of Edward F. Daas
Begins correspondence with Maurice W. Moe (b. 1882)
Attacks astrologer J. F. Hartmann in Providence Evening News
Argosy publishes “The Critics’ Farewell”
Appointed Chairman of the Department of Public Criticism
Joins the Providence Amateur Press Club

1915
Lovecraft and John T. Dunn debate Irish independence
Maternal uncle (Franklin Chase Clark) dies
Providence Evening News publishes “The Power of Wine: A Satire”
Begins correspondence with Rheinhart Kleiner (b. 1892)
Publishes the first issue of The Conservative
Lovecraft and Charles D. Isaacson debate the merits of Walt Whitman
Writes the poem “The Isaacsonio-Mortoniad”
Appointed Chairman of the Department of Public Criticism

1916
Kleiner, Cole, Moe, and Lovecraft launch the Kleicomolo
Providence Amateur publishes the poem “To Charlie of the Comics”
Writes the poem “Ye Ballade of Patrick von Flynn”
Cousin (Phillips Gamwell) dies

1917
Rheinhart Kleiner is appointed Chairman of the Department of Public Criticism
Joins the National Amateur Press Association (NAPA)
Begins correspondence with Alfred Galpin (b. 1901)
Begins correspondence with Samuel Loveman (b. 1887)
Begins correspondence with W. Paul Cook (b. 1881)
Writes “A Reminiscence of Dr. Samuel Johnson”
Rheinhart Kleiner visits Lovecraft in Providence
Attempts to enlist in the Rhode Island National Guard
Writes “The Tomb,” which appears in The Vagrant in 1922
Writes “Dagon,” which appears in The Vagrant in 1919
Appointed President of the UAPA
W. Paul Cook visits Lovecraft in Providence
Writes the poem “Nemesis”

1918
Discovers A. Merritt’s “The Moon Pool” (1918)
Writes the poem “Psychopompos: A Tale in Rhyme”
Dreams the basic plot of “Polaris”
Writes “Polaris,” which appears in The Philosopher in 1920
Appointed Chairman of the Department of Public Criticism
Writes the play “Alfredo: A Tragedy”
Maternal uncle (Edwin Everett Phillips) dies

1919
Alfred Galpin is appointed Chairman of the Department of Public Criticism
Begins his “Commonplace Book”
Discovers the works of Lord Dunsany (b. 1878)
Discovers the works of Ambrose Bierce (b. 1842)
Writes “Beyond the Wall of Sleep,” which appears in Pine Cones in 1919
Writes “Memory,” which appears in The United Cooperative in 1919
Writes “The Transition of Juan Romero,” which is published posthumously
Sarah Susan Lovecraft is committed to Butler Hospital
Writes the poem “Despair”
Writes “The Green Meadow” with Winifred Virginia Jackson
Wins the Story, Essay, and Editorial Laureateships
Attends Lord Dunsany’s lecture in Boston
Writes “The White Ship,” which appears in The United Amateur in 1919
Writes “The Statement of Randolph Carter,” which appears in The Vagrant in 1920
Writes “The Doom That Came to Sarnath,” which appears in The Scot in 1920

1920
Begins revising the works of David Van Bush
Dreams the basic plot of “The Call of Cthulhu”
Writes “Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jerym and His Family”
Writes “The Tree,” which appears in The Tryout in 1921
Writes “The Cats of Ulthar,” which appears in The Tryout in 1920
Writes “From Beyond,” which appears in The Fantasy Fan in 1934
Writes “Celephaïs,” which appears in The Rainbow in 1922
Writes “The Terrible Old Man,” which appears in The Tryout in 1921
Appointed Official Editor
Spends the night as a guest at Alice Hamlet’s home in Massachusetts
Writes “The Temple,” which appears in Weird Tales in 1925
Writes “The Picture in the House,” which appears in National Amateur in 1919
Writes “Nyarlathotep,” which appears in The United Amateur in 1920
Begins correspondence with Frank Belknap Long (b. 1901)

1921
Writes “The Outsider,” which appears in Weird Tales in 1926
Writes “The Quest of Iranon,” which appears in The Galleon in 1935
Writes “The Nameless City,” which appears in The Wolverine in 1921
Writes “The Moon Bog,” which appears in Weird Tales in 1926
Writes “The Other Gods,” which appears in The Fantasy Fan in 1933
Writes the essay “In Defence of Dagon”
Sarah Susan Lovecraft dies
Discovers William Beckford’s Vathek (1786)
Meets Sonia H. Greene (b. 1883) at the NAPA convention
Appointed Official Editor
Sonia H. Greene visits Lovecraft in Providence
Sonia H. Greene publishes the first issue of The Rainbow
Writes “The Music of Erich Zann,” which appears in National Amateur in 1922

1922
Discovers Guy de Maupassant’s “The Horla” (1887)
Writes “Herbert West—Reanimator,” which appears in Home Brew in 1922
Discovers T. S. Eliot’s “The Wasteland” (1922)
Writes “Hypnos,” which appears in National Amateur in 1923
Visits Sonia H. Greene in New York City
Visits Sonia H. Greene in Magnolia, Massachusetts
Writes “The Horror at Martin’s Beach” with Sonia H. Greene
Sonia H. Greene kisses Lovecraft for the first time
Visits Alfred Galpin and Samuel Loveman in Cleveland, Ohio
Samuel Loveman introduces Lovecraft to Hart Crane (b. 1899)
Samuel Loveman introduces Lovecraft to George Kirk (b. 1898)
Discovers the works of Clark Ashton Smith (b. 1893)
Begins correspondence with Clark Ashton Smith
Lovecraft’s faction loses the election
Writes “The Hound,” which appears in Weird Tales in 1924
Writes “The Lurking Fear,” which appears in Home Brew in 1923
Appointed Interim President of the NAPA
Visits Salem, Massachusetts
Visits Marblehead, Massachusetts

1923
Writes the poem “Waste Paper”
Discovers the works of Arthur Machen (b. 1863)
Discovers the works of M. P. Shiel (b. 1865)
The first issue of Weird Tales is published
Meets Clifford Martin Eddy (b. 1896)
Sonia H. Greene is appointed President of the UAPA
Appointed Official Editor
Publishes the last issue of The Conservative
Maurice W. Moe visits Lovecraft in Providence
Visits Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Writes “The Rats in the Walls,” which appears in Weird Tales in 1924
Writes “The Unnamable,” which appears in Weird Tales in 1925
Writes “The Festival,” which appears in Weird Tales in 1925

1924
Discovers the works of Algernon Blackwood (b. 1869)
Discovers the works of M. R. James (b. 1862)
Discovers Margaret Murray’s The Witch-Cult in Western Europe
J. C. Henneberger offers Lovecraft a position as editor of Weird Tales
Farnsworth Wright (b. 1888) replaces Edwin Baird as editor of Weird Tales
Writes “Under the Pyramids” with Harry Houdini
Marries Sonia H. Greene at St. Paul’s Chapel in Manhattan
Moves into 259 Parkside Avenue in New York
Kleiner, Kirk, Lovecraft, Long, McNeil, and Morton form the Kalem Club
Lovecraft and Sonia H. Greene purchase two home lots in Yonkers, New York
Obtains a position at the Creditor’s National Clearing House
Appointed Official Editor
Places a classified ad in the New York Times
Annie E. P. Gamwell visits Lovecraft in New York City
Sonia H. Greene is admitted to Brooklyn Hospital
Visits Elizabeth, New Jersey
Writes “The Shunned House,” which The Recluse Press publishes in 1928
Sonia H. Greene recovers at a farm near Somerville, New Jersey
Visits Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Lillian D. Clark visits Lovecraft in New York City
Moves into 169 Clinton Street

1925
Sonia H. Greene moves to Cleveland, Ohio, where a position awaits her
Begins a radical diet in an attempt to lose weight
Discovers H. G. Well’s The Time Machine (1895)
James F. Morton obtains a position at the Paterson Museum in New Jersey
Sonia H. Greene recovers at Saratoga Springs, New York
Visits the District of Columbia with George Kirk
Burglars steal Lovecraft’s suits from his dressing alcove
Sonia H. Greene, now unemployed, returns to New York City
UAPA does not hold a convention
UAPA members submit their ballots by mail
Edgar J. Davis is appointed President of the UAPA
Sonia H. Greene obtains another position in Cleveland, Ohio
James F. Morton considers hiring Lovecraft as his assistant
Writes “The Horror at Red Hook,” which appears in Weird Tales in 1927
Writes “He,” which appears in Weird Tales in 1926
Writes “In the Vault,” which appears in The Tryout in 1925
Visits Jamaica, New York
Discovers Gertrude Selwyn Kimball’s Providence in Colonial Times (1912)
W. Paul Cook suggests that Lovecraft write a review of supernatural horror
Lovecraft spends Christmas with Frank Belknap Long and his family

1926
Writes “Cool Air,” which appears in Tales of Mystery and Magic in 1928
Addresses envelopes for Dauber & Pine, a bookshop in New York City
Returns to Providence, Rhode Island
Moves into 10 Barnes Street with Lillian D. Clark
Writes “The Strange High House in the Mist,” which appears in WT in 1931
Writes “The Call of Cthulhu,” which appears in WT in 1928
Discovers Walter de la Mare’s The Return (1910)
Begins correspondence with August Derleth (b. 1909)
Begins correspondence with Donald Wandrei (b. 1908)
UAPA collapses
Discovers Edmond Hamilton’s “The Monster-God of Mamurth”
Submits three stories to Ghost Stories, which rejects them
Writes “Pickman’s Model,” which appears in Weird Tales in 1927
Visits Sonia H. Greene in New York City
Collaborates on The Cancer of Superstition with Clifford Martin Eddy
Visits Foster, Rhode Island, with Annie E. P. Gamwell
Writes “The Silver Key,” which appears in Weird Tales in 1929
Writes the essay “Cats and Dogs” for the Blue Pencil Club

1927
Discovers Oswald Spengler’s The Decline of the West (1918)
Discovers the works of Bertrand Russell (b. 1872)
Discovers M. P. Shiel’s The Purple Cloud (1901)
Writes the essay “Supernatural Horror in Literature”
Writes The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath, which is published posthumously
Writes The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, which is published posthumously
Writes “The Colour out of Space,” which appears in Amazing Stories in 1927
Discovers the works of F. Marion Crawford (b. 1854)
Discovers the works of Robert W. Chambers (b. 1865)
Donald Wandrei visits Lovecraft in Providence
Visits Vermont
Writes the essay “Vermont—A First Impression”
Visits Arthur Goodenough in Brattleboro, Vermont
W. Paul Cook’s Recluse publishes “Supernatural Horror in Literature”
Frank Belknap Long writes “The Space-Eaters”
Dreams that he is a Roman official living in Spain
Writes the essay “History of the Necronomicon”

1928
Best Short Stories contains “The Colour out of Space”
O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories contains “Pickman’s Model”
Writes “Clarendon’s Last Test” with Adolphe de Castro
Writes “The Curse of Yig” with Zealia Bishop
Visits Sonia H. Greene in New York City
Visits W. Paul Cook in Athol, Massachusetts
Visits Edith Miniter (b. 1867) in North Wilbraham, Massachusetts
Visits Vrest Orton in Vermont
Visits Annapolis, Virginia
Visits Endless Caverns in New Market, Virginia
Writes the essay “Observations on Several Parts of America”
Writes “The Dunwich Horror,” which appears in Weird Tales in 1929
Lovecraft and Frank Belknap Long place an ad in Weird Tales
Begins correspondence with Elizabeth Toldridge (b. 1861)

1929
Applies for divorce
Wilfred B. Talman (b. 1904) presents Lovecraft with a personalized bookplate
Visits Richmond, Virginia
Visits Williamsburg, Virginia
Writes “The Electric Executioner” with Adolphe de Castro
Visits Cape Cod with Frank Belknap Long and his family
Rides in an airplane for the first time
Clark Ashton Smith writes “The Tale of Satampra Zeiros”
Providence Journal publishes Lovecraft’s list of the best weird stories
Providence Journal publishes “The Messenger”

1930
Providence Journal publishes “The East India Brick Row”
W. Paul Cook experiences a nervous breakdown
Writes the sonnet cycle “Fungi from Yuggoth”
Writes “The Mound” with Zealia Bishop
Visits Columbia, South Carolina
Visits Charleston, South Carolina
Simon & Schuster considers publishing a book of Lovecraft’s stories
Visits the Nicholas Roerich Museum in New York City
Begins correspondence with Robert E. Howard (b. 1906)
Attends the NAPA convention in Boston
Writes the essay “An Account of Charleston”
Writes “Medusa’s Coil” with Zealia Bishop
Visits Quebec City, Canada
Writes “The Whisperer in Darkness,” which appears in Weird Tales in 1931
Begins correspondence with Henry St. Clair Whitehead (b. 1882)

1931
Sees the film Dracula (1931)
Discovers Hanns Heinz Ewers’s “The Spider” (1915)
Writes the essay A Description of the Town of Quebeck, in New-France
Writes At the Mountains of Madness, which appears in Astounding Stories in 1936
G. P. Putnam’s Sons considers publishing a book of Lovecraft’s stories
Submits four stories to Strange Tales, which rejects them
Visits St. Augustine, Florida
Visits Henry S. Whitehead in Dunedin, Florida
Writes “The Trap” with Henry S. Whitehead
Visits Key West, Florida
Visits Savannah, Georgia
Begins correspondence with Harry Kern Brobst (b. 1909)
Revisits Boston, Salem, Marblehead, and Newburyport
Appointed to the Bureau of Critics (NAPA)
Writes “The Shadow over Innsmouth,” which Visionary publishes in 1936
Begins correspondence with Robert Hayward Barlow (b. 1918)

1932
Writes “The Dreams in the Witch House,” which appears in Weird Tales in 1933
Reads Donald Wandrei’s Dead Titans, Waken!
Visits Mobile, Alabama
Visits Natchez, Mississippi
Visits New Orleans, Louisiana
Visits E. Hoffmann Price (b. 1898) in New Orleans
Writes “The Man of Stone” with Hazel Heald
Lillian D. Clark dies
Witnesses a solar eclipse in Newburyport, Massachusetts
Visits Montreal, Canada
Writes “The Horror in the Museum” with Hazel Heald
Writes the essay “European Glimpses” with Sonia H. Greene

1933
Writes the essay “Notes on Writing Weird Fiction”
Writes “Winged Death” with Hazel Heald
Writes “The Evil Clergyman,” which is published posthumously
Moves into 66 College Street with Annie E. P. Gamwell
Writes the essay “Some Repetitions on the Times”
Attends T. S. Eliot’s poetry reading in Providence
Visits Hartford, Connecticut, with Sonia H. Greene
Begins correspondence with Robert Bloch (b. 1917)
Writes “Through the Gates of the Silver Key” with E. Hoffmann Price
Lovecraft and J. Vernon Shea debate the innocence of the Scottsboro Nine
Annie E. P. Gamwell breaks her ankle
Appointed to the Bureau of Critics (NAPA)
Writes “Out of the Aeons” with Hazel Heald
Writes “The Thing on the Doorstep,” which appears in Weird Tales in 1937
Alfred A. Knopf considers publishing a book of Lovecraft’s stories
Charles D. Hornig publishes The Fantasy Fan, the first fan magazine
Forrest J. Ackerman attacks Clark Ashton Smith in The Fantasy Fan
The Fantasy Fan publishes “Supernatural Horror in Literature”
Spends Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Massachusetts
Sees the film Berkeley Square (1933)

1934
Dines with A. Merritt at the Players Club in New York City
Begins correspondence with Duane W. Rimel (b. 1915)
Discovers the works of William Hope Hodgson (b. 1877)
Visits R. H. Barlow in Florida
Writes “The Battle That Ended the Century” with R. H. Barlow
Appointed to the Bureau of Critics (NAPA)
Visits Nantucket, Massachusetts
Writes the essay “Heritage or Modernism: Common Sense in Art Forms”

1935
Writes “Till A’ the Seas” with R. H. Barlow
Loring & Mussey consider publishing a book of Lovecraft’s stories
Writes “The Shadow out of Time,” which appears in Astounding Stories in 1936
Writes “The Disinterment” with Duane W. Rimel
Revisits New York City, Fredericksburg, and Charleston
Lightning destroys the steeple of St. John’s Catholic Church in Providence
Visits R. H. Barlow in Florida
Lovecraft, Howard, Long and others write “The Challenge from Beyond”  
Appointed Executive Judge of the NAPA
Writes “The Diary of Alonzo Typer” with William Lumley
Astounding Stories purchases At the Mountains of Madness
Astounding Stories purchases “The Shadow out of Time”
Writes “The Haunter of the Dark,” which appears in Weird Tales in 1936

1936
Contracts “grippe”
Begins revising the works of Anne Tillery Renshaw
Writes “In the Walls of Eryx” with Kenneth Sterling
Begins correspondence with Henry Kuttner (b. 1915)
Introduces Henry Kuttner to C. L. Moore (b. 1911)
Annie E. P. Gamwell recovers from surgery at a convalescent home
Discovers that Astounding Tales has misprinted At the Mountains of Madness
Robert E. Howard commits suicide
Writes the essay “Some Current Motives and Practices”
Maurice W. Moe visits Lovecraft in Providence
Begins correspondence with Willis Conover (b. 1920)
R. H. Barlow visits Lovecraft in Providence
Adolphe de Castro visits Lovecraft in Providence
Lovecraft, Adolphe de Castro, and R. H. Barlow visit St. John’s Cemetery
Writes “The Night Ocean” with R. H. Barlow
Begins correspondence with Virgil Finlay (b. 1914)
Attends Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s campaign rally in Providence
Begins correspondence with Fritz Leiber (b. 1910)
Visionary Publishing Company publishes The Shadow over Innsmouth

1937
Contracts “grippe” again
Begins his “Death Diary”
Admitted to Jane Brown Memorial Hospital
Howard Phillips Lovecraft dies on March 15th

 

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