A poetic tribute to Lovecraft, in Inklings No.7, May 1938, from one who obviously knew him…

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Albert Chapin (1869-1946) was described as one of the “New England [amateur] journalists” in an article on a convention in 1941. The “History of Early Amateur Journalism in Massachusetts” implies that he published a journal called “the Minstrel, Albert Chapin, West Roxbury” toward the end of the 1890s and/or early 1900s.

Chapin had a variety of work published in The Californian in the mid 1930s…

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It appears he began the Minstrel title again in the late 1930s and continued it into the 1940s, also from “11 Hillcrest Street, West Roxbury, Mass.”, which is six miles SW of Boston …

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It seems there are several mid 1930s letters from Chapin to Lovecraft in the John Hay Library collection at Brown University, and even a photograph of Chapin, so it seems he and Lovecraft corresponded although probably only briefly. Lovecraft quoted four lines from a Chapin poem in his own late essay “What Belongs in Verse” (1935), which further suggests that their correspondence was around 1935. My guess that Chapin was at that time an old amateur ‘coming back to the fold’ in the mid 1930s after decades of quiescence.

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