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H.D. | Haeckel, Ernst | Haggard, Sir H. Rider | Haldeman-Julius, E. | Haley, J. Evetts | Hall, James Norman | Hamilton, Edmond | Hamlin, Charles Hunter | Hammett, Samuel Dashiell | Hanshew, Mary E. and Thomas W. | Hardin, John Wesley | Harper, Jack and John Newbern | Harris, Frank  | Hart, Bertrand K. | Harte, Bret | Hauptmann, Gerhardt | Hay, Thomas Robson | Heald, Hazel | Hecht, Ben | Hemingway, Ernest | Hemyng, Bracebridge | Henley, W.E. | Henry, O. | Henty, G.A. | Herbert, Sydney | Hergesheimer, Joseph | Heyck, Eduard | Hill, Robert T. | Hobbs, Edward W. | Holmes, Frederick Lionel | Holmes, Oliver Wendell, Sr. | Homer | Hood, Thomas | Hopper, Nora | House, Boyce | Hughes, Langston | Hughes, Rupert | Hugo, Victor | Hull, Edith M. | Hurst, S.B.H. | Huxley, Thomas Henry | Huysmans, J. K.



[Hilda Doolittle] (1886-1961) 

REH to Harold Preece, ca. December 1928 [SL 1 #20], includes H.D. among a list of the world's great women.


Haeckel, Ernst


REH to Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. 20 February 1928 [SL 1 #10]: [Upton Sinclair, in The Profits of Religion] "relegates to the limbo of intellectual oblivion such men as Haeckel... I think that a man like Haeckel, who spent ten years in classifying a single atomic insect, certainly should be granted the title of 'Thinker.'"  

The same source also has Haeckel named among men who "looked beyond the human" to the cosmic. 

REH to Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. March 1928 [SL 1 #11], contains a fairly lengthy digression concerning Haeckel and his theory of "material monism." 

REH to Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. March 1928: "...either Haeckel's right and there is no such thing as a 'soul' in the accepted sense..." 

REH to H.P. Lovecraft, ca. 9 August 1932: "...I used to be a violent admirer of Haekal, though I don't remember much about him now..."


Haggard, Sir H[enry] Rider


REH to Tevis Clyde Smith, 7 July 1923: "If you know of any other Doyle books I can get cheap, please let me know.  Or any of Sir Rider Haggard's books, either." 

REH to Tevis Clyde Smith, 7 July 1923, in a listing of parodic book titles is "'King Solomon's Shines,' by H. Rider Haggard [King Solomon's Mines, 1885]. 

REH to H.P. Lovecraft, ca. December 1932: Haggard is listed among those Howard refers to as "my favorite writers."

Allan Quatermain

London: Longmans, Green, 1887.  30711; PQ3; GL; TDB.

The Ancient Allan

London: Longmans, Green, 1920.  30797; PQ3; GL; TDB.

The People of the Mist

London: Longmans, Green, 1894.  30694; PQ3; GL; TDB.


Haldeman-Julius, E[manuel]


REH to Tevis Clyde Smith, 6 August 1925: "One of my friends here and I have been having some arguments... I gave him some of E. Haldeman-Julius' papers and he said E. Haldeman J. was a damn fool." 

The Right Hook, vol. 1, no. 1: "And speaking of negroes, we see that Haldeman Julius recommends social equallity.... We could pardon anything else in Haldeman J."

EHJ is mentioned in "The Fastidious Fooey Mancucu" (parody, included in REH to Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. October 1927), as "E. Helldemon Jew-less."  

He is also mentioned in Howard's poem, "A Fable for Critics." 

REH to Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. April 1930 [SL 1 #35]: "I got a letter from Preecel, i.e. Hink [Harold Preece] and he said he had sold a debunking article to EHJ and had met EHJ, Birchead, or Birkhead, or something like that whoeverthehellheis, also Joseph McCabe. I would have liked to have heard EHJ's and Harold's conversation." 

[Haldeman-Julius (often referred to as EHJ) was the publisher of the Little Blue Books (q.v.), of which Howard appears to have been an avid reader, as well as "free-thinker" publications such as The American Freeman.]  

There is a complete listing of Little Blue Books online at the Pittsburg State University library's EHJ page.


Haley, J. Evetts

(1901-     )

Review of Tevis Clyde Smith, Frontier's Generation

in The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, April 1932.

REH to Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. April 1932 [SL 1 #62]: "Haley gave you a nice write-up, but no more than you deserve."


Hall, James Norman

[See "Nordhoff, Charles and James Norman Hall."]


Hamilton, Edmond [Moore]


REH to The Eyrie, March 1932: "...I consider the current magazine [i.e., January] uniformly fine, of an excellence surprizing considering the fact that neither Lovecraft, Quinn, Hamilton, Whitehead, Kline nor Price was represented."


Hamlin, Charles Hunter


The War Myth in United States History

New York: Vanguard Press, 1927.  30745; PQ3; GL; TDB.


Hammett, Samuel Dashiell



Creeps By Night

Chills and Thrills Selected by Dashiell Hammett.  New York: The John Day Company, 1931. 

[H.P. Lovecraft  to REH, 12 September 1931: "By the way – did I mention before that both Long and I are to be represented in the coming weird tale anthology 'Creeps by Night' – edited by Dashiell Hammett and published by the John Day Co.?  Long's tale will be 'A Visitor from Egypt', and mine, 'The Music of Erich Zann'.  I'm glad of the latter choice, for 'Zann' is one of my favourites among my own stuff."] 

REH to H.P. Lovecraft , ca. October 1931: "I am most delighted to hear that Long's story and your 'Erich Zann' are appearing in book form.  Let me know when the book appears, for I most certainly will enrich my book collection with a copy.  What makes me more eager for it is that I've never read 'Erich Zann' and look forward to a rare literary treat.'"


Hanshew, Mary E. and Thomas W.


The Riddle of the Frozen Flame

Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1920.  30685; PQ3; GL; TDB.

The Riddle of the Mysterious Light

Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1921.  30681; PQ3; GL; TDB.

Hanshew, Thomas W.

REH to Tevis Clyde Smith, 7 July 1923, in a listing of parodic book titles are "'Meek of the Forty Races,' by Thomas Hanshew" [Cleek of the Forty Faces, 1911] and "'Cleek's Government Cases of Real Scotch,' by T. Hanshew" [Cleek's Government Cases, 1917]


Hardin, John Wesley


The Life of John Wesley Hardin

From the Original Manuscript as Written by Himself.  [n.p.]: Smith and Moore, 1896. 

REH to August W. Derleth, ca. March 1933: "And in John Wesley Hardin's autobiography, or rather in that part of it covering his life from his birth, in 1853, to the time he went to prison in 1878, descriptions are made of, or references to, the killings of 66 men.  More than half of these were killed by Hardin himself." 

REH to August W. Derleth, ca. October 1934: "John Wesley Hardin had one of the finest minds that this continent ever knew... His autobiography is remarkably vivid and lucid."  There are numerous references to Hardin in Howard's letters to Lovecraft and Derleth.


Harper, Jack and John Newbern

Odd Texas

Dallas: Banks Upshaw & Co., 1936. 30740; PQ3; GL; TDB. 

[A collection of a syndicated, illustrated newspaper feature, similar to the more famous "Ripley's Believe It Or Not!," featuring odd bits of Texas lore and unusual facts.  The first printing of the book was in March 1936 so Howard can't have had it long (if at all).]


Harris, Frank


REH to H.P. Lovecraft, 6 March 1933: "Frank Harris was once a prizefighter..."  

[Harris was the author of a number of books of fiction, literary biography and criticism.  Several of his titles were in the Little Blue Book series (q.v.).  His My Reminiscences As a Cowboy (1930) was called by J. Frank Dobie "a blatant farrago of lies" and seems to be considered by authorities quite the most worthless book on the subject ever written.]


Hart, Bertrand K[elton]


[H.P. Lovecraft to REH, 21 January 1933: "Enclosed is a cutting by a very sensible and well-rounded commentator (Bertrand K. Hart, Literary Editor of the Providence Journal) in which some of Jack London's limitations are suggested."] 

REH to H.P. Lovecraft , ca. 6 March 1933: "I read Mr. Hart's essay about Jack London, but found nothing new or original in it.  Many of his remarks are merely repetitions of what Jack himself said not long before his death, set forth in a different style... Mr. Hart takes in quite a bit of territory when he says nobody 'in the world' reads Jack's books.  I read them, continually, and several of my friends do."


Harte, [Francis] Bret[t]


REH to H.P. Lovecraft, ca. December 1932: Harte is listed among a number of poets Howard likes.


Hauptmann, Gerhardt


Die versunkene Glocke (The Sunken Bell). (1896)

REH to H.P. Lovecraft, ca. January 1934, mentions having heard over the radio “a remarkable German play about a bell that was lost in a deep lake.”

Hay, Thomas Robson


Hood's Tennessee Campaign

New York: Walter Neale Publisher, 1929.  30657; PQ1; GL; TDB.  Still in HPU holdings.

From title page: "To this essay was awarded the Robert M. Johnston Military History Prize by the American Historical Association for 1920."


Heald, Hazel


"The Horror in the Museum."

Weird Tales, July 1933. 

[See under "Lovecraft."]

"Out of the Eons."

Weird Tales, April 1935. 

[See under "Lovecraft."]


Hecht, Ben


REH to Tevis Clyde Smith, 23 June 1926: "In re sexual perverts, I've decided that a large percent of present day novelists are of that type.  Notably Ben Hecht.  This way; a form of perversion prompts small boys to scribble obscenities on the walls of houses, fences and the like.  Why, no one can say, unless it is a debased desire to flaunt filth in the faces of the public.  Thus, when the same youths grow older, they scribble on paper instead and flaunt the result in the faces of the public who eagerly hails them as bold, free writers.  Some authors depict life as it really is to point a moral, to open people's eyes, to reform conditions.  But men of Hecht's type simply – write.  Seemingly not to point out the vileness as Upton Sinclair does, but to aid people to take such vileness as necessary products of civilization.  Certainly their portrayals are true pictures but I believe it is to satisfy their own innate depravity."  

Hecht is mentioned in Howard's parodies (all included in letters to Tevis Clyde Smith), "The Fastidous Fooey Mancucu" (ca. October 1927),  "Wolfsdung" (ca. January 1928), and "King Hootus" (written ca. January 1928), and in the poem, "A Fable for Critics." 

REH to Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. December 1928 [SL 1 #19]: "I like the style of those old fellows.  Then English was a language – now it is a bastard motley, of which the modern writers use a weakened substitute – a transition from the flowery Victorian to the brutal and straightforward mode which is after all merely a reversion and an adaptation of the early and middle English style.  Hecht be thanked." 

REH to H.P. Lovecraft, ca. December 1932 includes Hecht among a group of writers of whom Howard says, "...three ringing razzberries for the whole mob....they're all wet smacks."


Hemingway, Ernest [Miller]


Winner Take Nothing

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1933.  30758; PQ1; GL; TDB.  Still in HPU holdings. 

[Note in PQ1: "The following inscription is on the front free endpaper. 'To Bob -- | Dec. 25, 1933. | T[ruett] V[inson].'] 

Contents: "After the Storm" | "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" | "The Light of the World" | "God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen" | "The Sea Change" | "A Way You'll Never Be" | "The Mother of a Queen" | "One Reader Writes" | "Homage to Switzerland" | "A Day's Wait" | "A Natural History of the Dead" | "Wine of Wyoming" | "The Gambler, the Nun, and the Radio" | "Fathers and Sons"


Hemyng, Bracebridge


Jack Harkaway in Cuba

30595; PQ3; GL; TDB. 

[Tevis Clyde Smith to REH, ca. 2 August 1923: "I thought the Harkaway book was keen." ]

Tevis Clyde Smith, "Report on a Writing Man": "He was equally at home in discussing Macbeth and Jack Harkaway." 

Tevis Clyde Smith, "So Far the Poet...," includes a cryptic note, "The Harkaway Books."  

Hemyng's Jack Harkaway was a popular series of "boys' books" of the late 19th century.  Jack Harkaway's Adventures in America and Cuba ; Being a continuation of Adventures around the world (New York: Allison & Co., 1870) was reprinted under variant titles. One possibility is Jack Harkaway in Cuba (Chicago: M.A. Donohue, n.d. [Boys Series]).


Henley, W[illiam] E[rnest]



In Howard's scenario, "Irony," the character "Gloria" quotes, "'I am the master of my fate' - " to which "Costigan" replies, "Tripe! Absolute and indisputable tripe!"  The last two lines of Henley's poem read, "I am the master of my fate: | I am the captain of my soul."


Henry, O.

[pseudonym of William Sidney Porter (1862-1910)]

Post Oaks and Sand Roughs, p. 36: "His [Lars Jansen = Fowler Gafford] fiction was limited to O. Henry, Zane Grey, and Jack London...." 

Post Oaks and Sand Roughs, p. 48: Lars Jansen says, "Then I got to readin' old Jack London and O. Henry, and the thought come that I'd like to write." 

REH to Harold Preece, ca. 20 October 1928 [SL 1 #16]: "About O. Henry and the ostrich feather business – I can't work up much resentment against a girl who's that childish – too much like the action of a little kid who isn't responsible for her thoughts."  

[This is apparently a reference to The White Plume; or O. Henry's Own Short Story, by Florence Stratton and Vincent Burke (Beaumont, TX: Szafir Co., 1931), which, according to a review in The Dallas Morning News (27 December 1931), "appeared originally in Bunker's Monthly in 1928."  It concerns Porter's courtship of Miss Clarence Crozier, the niece of a shopkeeper whom he visited when he came to pick up the mail for the ranch where he was employed.  "Aunt Kitty, the owner of a great white plume which was in Clarence's eyes the embodiment of queenly elegance, received those evening sallies with pert alarm.  How she traded the white plume to Clarence in return for the girl's forgetfulness in regard to Mr. Porter – but never delivered the plume! – is told simply, but with spirit and understanding." (Vivian Richardson, Dallas Morning News review).


Henty, G[eorge] A[lfred]


The Bravest of the Brave

or, With Peterborough in Spain.  London: Blackie & Son, Ltd., 1887.  30604; PQ3; GL; TDB.

Henty was a very popular author of "boys' books" in the latter part of the 19th century.


Herbert, Sydney

(1886-      )

The Fall of Feudalism in France

New York: Frederick A. Stokes Co., n.d. [1920]. 30658; PQ1; GL; TDB.  Still in HPU holdings.


Hergesheimer, Joseph


"Musings of a Moron" (The Junto, September 1929): " 'Damn Joseph Hergesheimer,' said Harold… 'Forever yapping about futility; if I had his money—'"


Heyck, Eduard


"The Peoples of Western Europe."

In The Book of History (q.v.), volume 7, Western Europe in the Middle Ages.

REH to H.P. Lovecraft , ca. September 1933: "For what reasons did the German tribes go to war?  Was it, as moderns are prone to suppose without bothering to ascertain the true fact, merely because of a blood-thirsty ferocity?  I quote Professor Eduard Heyck: 'Their one desire was to secure a permanent settlement upon good arable ground; this was an indispensable condition.'"

[The quotation is from p. 3431.]


Hill, Robert T[homas]


REH to H.P. Lovecraft, ca. January 1931, included a clipping of a published letter to the editor (probably from a Fort Worth paper) written by Hill.  Hill was a noted geologist whose reputation rested in large part on his work on the geology of Texas.  He taught at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and lived in a hotel there.  It is possible that Hill was the geologist who explained the Wegener theory to Howard. 

(REH to H.P. Lovecraft, ca. June 1931 [SL 2 #53]: "What you say of the unfortunate Boskops interested me greatly, also your remarks about the Wegener theory.  I first heard of that theory about three years ago – or perhaps it was a different theory based on similar principles – I had gone up to Fort Worth to see the Doss-Chastain fight and the college professor with whom I stayed talked quite a bit about the theory of land driftage, and suggested I write a story based on it.") 

Several of Howard's letters to Lovecraft and to August Derleth note features of Texas geology, and his story "Marchers of Valhalla" is based on it.


Hobbs, Edward W.

Sailing Ships at a Glance

a Pictorial Record of the Evolution of the Sailing Ship from the Earliest Times Until Today.  With an Introduction by L.G. Carr Laughton.  With 150 Illustrations by the Author.  New York and London: G.P. Putnam's Sons, The Knickerbocker Press, 1926.  30615; PQ1; GL; TDB.  Still in HPU holdings.

[According to a list found among his papers, REH paid $ .89 plus $ .14 postage for this book.]


Holmes, Frederick Lionel

[See "Deaton, E.L."]


Holmes, Oliver Wendell, Sr.


[The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table]

[(1858) (2 copies).  30896, 30890; PQ3.]



REH to Harold Preece, 4 January 1930: "You will note a striking resemblance between Greece's heroic age, sung by Homer, and the Red Branch Cycle of the Irish legends."  

Howard's poem, "Autumn," begins, "Now is the lyre of Homer flecked with rust."


Hood, Thomas


"The Dream of Eugene Aram."

"Skulls in the Stars" (Weird Tales, January 1929) uses ll. 67-72 as a heading.


Hopper [Chesson], Nora


"The Dark Man."

REH to Harold Preece, 4 January 1930: "As for Nora Hopper's poem, when I enjoy the theme and rhythm of a poem I do not trouble my brain overmuch about the psychic interpretation.  I know that 'dark man' is the Gaelic term for blindness and whether she meant this in a physical or spiritual way, I do not know nor am I overly interested."    

[Nora Hopper was an English poet, daughter of an Irish father and Welsh mother, who became a popular poet of the late 19th century, much influenced by the "Celtic Twilight" school.  "The Dark Man" appears in her collection, Under Quicken Boughs (London: John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1896).  It is interesting to note that Howard sold his story "The Dark Man" to Farnsworth Wright in March 1930.]


House, Boyce


Were You in Ranger?

Illustrations by Winston Croslin.  Second printing.  Dallas, Texas: Tardy Publishing Co., 1935.  30635; PQ1; GL; TDB.  Still in HPU holdings. 

[Note in PQ1: "On p. 46, a paragraph about a visit of Jess Willard, the world's heavyweight boxing champion, to Eastland County is underlined."]


Hughes, [James] Langston


"The Negro Speaks of Rivers."

Robert H. Barlow found a typewritten copy of this poem among poetry mss. sent to him by Howard's father after REH's death.


Hughes, Rupert


Mentioned in the poem, "A Fable for Critics." [Novelist and composer]


Hugo, Victor [Marie]


REH to Tevis Clyde Smith, 7 July 1923, in a listing of parodic book titles is "'The Hunchback of Nota Damn,' by Victor Hugo" [The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 1831]. 

REH to Tevis Clyde Smith, 25 February 1925: "I've read...Hugo, and a lot of those old libertines..." 

Post Oaks and Sand Roughs, p. 36, named as a writer Lars [Jansen = Fowler Gafford] "had never heard of..."


Hull, Edith M[aude]

The Sheik

Boston: Small, Maynard & Co., 1921.

Included on a listing, headed "Library," found among Howard's papers [See Appendix Two].  Hugely popular novel (74 printings between February 1921 and March 1922) made into a hugely popular movie starring Rudolph Valentino (Paramount, 1928). 

REH to Tevis Clyde Smith, 7 July 1923, in a listing of parodic book titles is "'The Speak,' by E.M. Hull" [The Sheik, 1921].


Hurst, S[amuel] B[ertram] H[aworth]

(1876-      )

"The Head."

Weird Tales, January 1932. 

REH to The Eyrie, March 1932: "...the stories by Smith, Long, Hurst and Jacobi could scarcely be excelled."

"Strange Bedfellows."

Oriental Stories, October 1930. 

REH to Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. November 1930: "I quote from Farnsworth's last letter: '"The Voice of El-Lil" is tied for first place with "Strange Bedfellows" in the letters and votes received so far for the first issue of Oriental Stories.'"


Huxley, Thomas Henry


REH to Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. 20 February 1928 [SL 1 #10]: Huxley is listed among those who "looked beyond the human" to the cosmic.


Huysmans, J[oris] K[arl]


From "The Children of the Night" (Weird Tales, April/May 1931): "But look there... sandwiched between that nightmare of Huysmans', and Walpole's Castle of Otranto – Von Junzt's Nameless Cults." 

[Huysmans' Lΰ-Bas (1891; U.S. edition as Down There, 1902) is a classic work of occult fiction, based on his own experiences.]



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