Her Letters To Lovecraft

H. P. Lovecraft was renowned during his lifetime as a prolific correspondent, ranging from simple postcards from his travels to voluminous letters that sometimes reached 70 or 100 handwritten pages. His correspondents included family, friends, fans, fellow writers at Weird Tales, amateur journalists, and revision clients. The publication and study of Lovecraft’s letters has formed a major interest for pulp scholars for decades.

Lovecraft’s correspondents included a number of women—more, perhaps, than many will commonly think, as misconceptions regarding Lovecraft’s interactions with women continue to this day. This series of posts on Deep Cuts will focus on those exchanges, and seek to answer the questions: Who were the women that Lovecraft corresponded with? What effect did that correspondence have on their lives? How and when were her letters from Lovecraft published?

List of correspondents (date range of correspondence):


  • Winifred Virginia Jackson
  • Zealia Brown Reed Bishop
  • Hazel Heald
  • Jonquil Leiber
  • Sonia Haft Greene
  • Sarah Susan Phillips Lovecraft
  • Lillian Delorah Phillips Clark
  • Annie Emeline Phillips Gamwell
  • Anne Tillery Renshaw
  • Elizabeth Toldridge
  • Helen V. Sully
  • Genevieve Sully
  • Marian F. Bonner
  • Margaret Sylvester
  • Mayte E. Sutton
  • Myrta Little
  • J. K. Plaisier
  • Bertha Rausch
  • Mrs. Alfred Galpin
  • Mrs. Elmer Nelson
  • Mrs. Adolphe de Castro
  • Eunice French
  • Alice Hamlet

This is not an exhaustive list, as many correspondents are no doubt lost or remain unpublished.