An H. P. Lovecraft Encyclopedia

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Galpin, Alfred (1901–1983). Amateur writer, composer, and correspondent of HPL (1917–37). Galpin, one of Maurice W.Moe’s students in Appleton (Wis.) High School, was appointed Fourth Vice-President of the UAPA for the 1917–18 term, and HPL came in touch with him in late 1917. Galpin (who in the amateur press sometimes appeared under the pseudonym Consul Hasting) went on to hold several other positions in the UAPA—including First Vice-President (1918–1919), President (1920–21), and chairman of the Department of Public Criticism (1919–22)—but published only one issue of his own amateur periodical, The Philosopher (December 1920), which contained the first appearance of HPL’s “Polaris” and Galpin’s own weird vignette, “Marsh-Mad: A Nightmare.” HPL held off writing “The Tree” (which he had conceived no later than the summer of 1918) for several years because he felt that “Marsh-Mad” (which he had read in ms.) anticipated the “living tree” idea. HPL reports that his philosophical thought was strongly influenced by Galpin’s (see SL 1.128); it was possibly at Galpin’s suggestion that HPL first read Nietzsche in late 1918 (see Galpin’s essay, “Nietzsche as a Practical Prophet,” The Rainbow, October 1921). HPL not only wrote several birthday and other tributes in verse to Galpin—“To Alfred Galpin, Esq.” (1920), “To a Youth” (1921), “To Mr. Galpin” (1921)—but also numerous poems relating to Galpin’s high-school romances, envisioning Galpin as an ancient Greek shepherd pursuing, or pursued by, a nymph. Among them are “Damon and Delia, a Pastoral” (1918), “To Delia, Avoiding Damon” (1918), “Damon—a Monody” (1919), “Hylas and Myrrha” (1919), and “Myrrha and Strephen” (1919). HPL’s poems “To the Eighth of November” (1918) and “Birthday Lines to Margfred Albraham” (1919) are jointly dedicated to Galpin and Margaret Abraham, who shared the same birthday. HPL’s short play Alfredo (1918) features Galpin as its title character and Abraham as the character Margarita. Galpin himself wrote a homage/parody of HPL’s “Nemesis,” titled “Selenaio-Phantasma” (Conservative, July 1918), and

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • A 1
  • B 14
  • C 27
  • D 57
  • E 83
  • F 89
  • G 97
  • H 103
  • I 122
  • J 129
  • K 136
  • L 141
  • M 161
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  • General Bibliography 309
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  • About the Authors 340
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