Crowley and Lord Dunsany?
Gary Lachman's book, Dark Muse, mentions that Crowley wrote to Dunsany.
I uncovered a short article, LORD DUNSANY'S INFLUENCE ON ALEISTER CROWLEY by Leigh Blackmore
Any other information concerning Crowley, Dunsany and anything concerning if Crowley ever mentioned having heard of or read H.P. Lovecraft would be appreciated.
Crowley wrote two reviews of The Sword of Welleran and three pages of galley proofs of them are at the Harry Ransome Center in Texas. They are not dated and the publication they were for is not recorded. This is the piece referenced in the link as the essay The Art of Lord Dunsany.
He also reviewed A Dreamer's Tales in the Equinox Vol.1 No.5 p.144.
In Vanity Fair, Oct.1917 there is another Crowley book review of A New Heaven and a New Earth (is this by Dunsany, I don't know enough about him?) but anyway the sub-title to it is “As foreshadowed in Lord Dunsany’s The Gods of Pegana.”
Lovecraft had heard of/read about, and possibly read some works by A.C. To my knowledge A.C. never read anything by Lovecraft, though. Which is unfortunate, as I'd like to think that A.C. might have enjoyed some of the Tales! Jack Parsons may have read some Lovecraft given his love of pulp/science fiction.
I just recently saw in Crowleys secondary syllabus "The Works of Arthur Machen"..."Most of these stories are great magical interest," he says ...Im sure he would have appreciated Lovecraft, and probably Clark Ashton Smith. Ive read that Arthur Machen was in the Golden Dawn; Algernon Blackwood as well.
Thanks for the link. I wish I could spare the 300 dollars...hopefully "Tartaros Press" (great name) will reprint it some time. Ive been meaning to read some of Waites stuff at some point; I never bothered before (probably because of Crowleys vicious personal attacks against the mans writings).
This article contains a bit more on Machen's involvement with the Golden Dawn.
SIU has two letters from Dunsany to Crowley, the from 1911 and the second from 1917.
"The Sword of Welleran" was published in 1908 which would place AC's essay at HRC around that period. Is anyone aware of contact or correspondence between the two after 1917?