"FUNGI FROM YUGGOTH" [poems]. TYPED MANUSCRIPT (TMs). 11 pages typed on rectos of eleven sheets of 8 1/2 x 11-inch plain paper, side stapled. Fair copy, carbon, made by Francis T. Laney, circa 1941. A presentation copy with signed inscription by Laney on verso of last sheet: "To / Harold Wakefield / from / Francis T. Laney / March 1943."

"FUNGI FROM YUGGOTH" [poems]. TYPED MANUSCRIPT (TMs). 11 pages typed on rectos of eleven sheets of 8 1/2 x 11-inch plain paper, side stapled. Fair copy, carbon, made by Francis T. Laney, circa 1941. A presentation copy with signed inscription by Laney on verso of last sheet: "To / Harold Wakefield / from / Francis T. Laney / March 1943." The typescript provides the text of the first thirty-three of thirty-six poems in the sonnet sequence. This text was used to print the small mimeographed edition (approximately 65 copies printed) issued in June 1943 by Bill Evans, distributed as part of a FAPA (Fantasy Amateur Press Association) mailing. Only thirty-three of the thirty-five poems which comprise the series (written 27 December 1929 through 4 January 1930) appear in early typescripts. "Evening Star" and "Continuity," (numbers 34 and 35) were omitted because they were the concluding poems and Lovecraft planned to "grind out a dozen or so more before I consider the sequence concluded" [letter to Elizabeth Toldridge, mid-January 1930; SL III, p. 116]. Despite Lovecraft's intent to add poems to the cycle, he did not do so. In 1936, an unrelated 36th sonnet, "Recapture," was added as the third to last poem at the insistence of Robert H. Barlow, who planned to publish an edition of the complete cycle. See Joshi and Schultz, An H. P. Lovecraft Encyclopedia, p. 95. The thirty-six sonnets that make up the cycle are "generally regarded as his most sustained weird poetic work" [Joshi, H. P. Lovecraft: A Life, p. 463]. Faint creases where folded for mailing, else fine. (#108104).

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