A Last Defense against the Dark: Folklore, Horror, and the Uses of Tradition in the Works of H. P. Lovecraft

  title={A Last Defense against the Dark: Folklore, Horror, and the Uses of Tradition in the Works of H. P. Lovecraft},
  author={Timothy H. Evans},
  journal={Journal of Folklore Research},
  pages={135 - 99}
American horror writer H. P. Lovecraft (1890–1937) was dedicated to the concept of tradition, including its documentation, preservation, use in literature, and reinvention as an adaptation to changing times. He spent much of his adult life traveling through eastern North America, researching and writing about the folklore and material culture of "colonial" sites and advocating historic preservation. This essay places Lovecraft in the context of folklorists and historic preservationists who… Expand
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