The Selected Letters of Clark Ashton Smith
|Author:||David E. Schultz, Scott Connors|
Long heralded as the master literary sorcerer of American dark fantasy, Clark Ashton Smith (1893-1961) finally comes into his own with this significant collection of 276 annotated letters to his closest friends—George Sterling, Samuel Loveman, Frank Belknap Long, H.P. Lovecraft, Donald Wandrei, August Derleth, Robert H. Barlow and others. With only a minimal education, Smith’s reclusive lifestyle in a small cabin in the woods near Auburn, California, and his insatiable reading, led him to begin writing poetry during his early teens. His poetry came to the attention of noted California poet George Sterling, who helped him find a publisher for “The Star-Treader and Other Poems” in 1912, his first collection. Several more collections appeared over the next decade, before his first short fantasy fiction appeared in the September 1928 issue of “Weird Tales”. Smith was a fairly prolific fantasy writer until 1937, when he virtually ceased writing for reasons never satisfactorily explained, and began to pursue his penchant for painting and sculpting. In 1942, three years after August Derleth founded Arkham House for the purpose of preserving the weird tales of H.P. Lovecraft, Derleth published the first of several major collections of Smith’s fiction. The last collection, “A Rendezvous in Averoigne”, was published in 1988, and reprinted in 2003.
Selected Letters of Clark Ashton Smith contains a wealth of fascinating new biographical and literary information about a classic fantasy writer.