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4 responses to “Lovecraft’s racism a tough issue at NecronomiCon Providence”

  1. cailin rua

    Lovecraft was typical of many of his class. You seem to be glossing over the contempt he and others like him had for anyone that was of an ethnicity that wasn’t of a Teutonic origin and from a Protestant background. Theories of degenerate “races” included Europeans at the time. The notions of Herbert Spencer and Darwin’s cousin, Sir Francis Galton, held sway well into the twentieth century:

    http://www.bl.uk/romantics-and-victorians/articles/post-darwin-social-darwinism-degeneration-eugenics

    The “fetid” attitudes he expressed in Haunter of the Dark are like ghosts that still seem to haunt us to this day. They seemed to be conjured up during our last mayoral race. Of course, the good, the noble and the well bred prevailed?

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  2. Deforest

    Ah, to separate the lofty ideals (or great art) expressed by people from the often far-from-perfect people themselves. And this is nothing new. As Carl Sagan said of the ancient Greek scientist pioneers the Western world so reveres, “The permanence of the stars was questioned, the justice of slavery was not.”

    I’m not a fan of Lovecraft or that genre. But I’m glad that those who enjoy it are engaging in the process of separating the man from his work. I have no doubt that the genre and its proponents will be richer for it.

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