Tuesday, March 23, 2010

H. P. Lovecraft and His Legacy

I was just made aware of a blog dedicated to H. P. Lovecraft and his Legacy. H. P. Lovecraft "was an American author of horror, fantasy, and science fiction, especially the subgenre known as weird fiction." (See the article on Lovecraft in Wikipedia.)

Lovecraft is also a Whipple: H. P. Lovecraft(1), Sarah Susan Phillips(2), Whipple Van Buren Phillips(3), Jeremiah Phillips(4), Esther Whipple(5), Benedict(6), Benjamin(7), Benjamin(8), John(9). (See Lovecraft's page in the Whipple Genweb.)

One of Lovecraft's books, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, is reviewed on the Whipple Website. Among its characters is Captain Abraham Whipple (generally known as Commodore Whipple to this generation). A link to the review appears at the bottom of The Commodore's Page.

This post was motivated by emails from Blaine Whipple, referencing posts mentioning Whipple Van Buren Phillips on the H. P. Lovecraft blog. As you can see by scrolling down on H.P. Lovecraft's page in the Whipple Genweb, Whipple V. Phillips was Lovecraft's maternal grandfather. (Whipple V. Phillips is at http://whipple.org/11254 in the Whipple Genweb.)

If you're interested in Whipples, the history of Rhode Island and Massachusetts, and the Salem witch trials, you might want to try reading The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.

Enjoy!

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