Barton L. St. Armand, “Facts in the Case of H.P. Lovecraft”, Rhode Island History, January 1972. (Originally presented as a lecture Nov 1969).

“A rather unusual assortment of readers may have been stirred by a minor item in The New York Times Book Review, May 17, 1970. Included under the heading of “Revivals” in the “European Notebook” of Mark Slonim, it announced to its American audience that…
    A most striking phenomenon in France, Italy and Spain is the number of translations (mostly very good) of the American science-fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft. Not only are they widely read in Paris, Rome, and Madrid, but Lovecraft is also hailed by the leading critics as superior to Poe. The Spanish essayist Jose Luis Garcia recently included Lovecraft in a list of 10 best writers of the world, and the French sophisticated periodical L’Herne dedicated a special large issue to the greatest American master of supernatural literature.”