Welcome back to the Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers Today we’re looking at “Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn. The precise appearance of the “white apes” is never clearly defined. Based on the context of the story Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family. (EXP: An H. P. Lovecraft Encyclopedia) Critic William Fulwiler suggests that the plot of “Arthur Jermyn” may have been inspired by Edgar Rice Burroughs’ novels .

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According to one story nothing further happened save that the stuffed goddess became a symbol of supremacy for whatever tribe might possess it.

I had to give his story three stars rather than the more deserved two because, even now, the story creeps up on the reader building from his assertion that “Life is a hideous thing” and dragging the reader inch by inch through the ravaged lineage of Jermyn’s ancestry. Notify me of new comments via email.

She had died in Africa, perhaps dragged thither by a husband determined to prove what he had told. Written inpublished in8 pages. Although only the Portuguese trader is mentioned in the tale, it can be inferred that possibly he was the true dicoverer of the city in ruins. They were a noble family of England, of high intellectual standards and strong scientific curiosity, lovecraaft with unfortunate tendencies.

Yes, humans had culture, technology, society and sentient understanding; however, we were produced by the same biological forces and produced sand fleas and slime molds. Both of Lovecraft’s parents died in a mental hospital, and some writers have seen a concern with having inherited a propensity for physical and mental degeneration reflected in the plot of his stories, especially his novella, The Shadow Over Innsmouthwhich shares some themes with Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family.

Like Lovecraft, Arthur Jermyn is sensitive about his personal appearance, and, because of this sensitivity, he takes all his long walks at night. However, this event connects with one of the legends of the Kaliri, a tribe settled near the ruins of the city. A smell of oil was all that came up from the regions below.


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Then he had departed alone. Like Lovecraft, both his parents die in the madhouse, and he fears his hereditary history may hold arthuur more gha This early Lovecraft story first published in the amateur journal The Wanderer in is crude and only partially successful, but it is interesting for five reasons: Arthur became a scholar, eventually visiting the Belgian Congo on a research expedition, where he heard tales of a stone city of white apes and the stuffed body of a white ape goddess, which had since gone missing.

The white apes and the stuffed goddess were discussed with all the native chiefs of the region, but it remained for a European to improve on the data offered by old Mwanu. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. You are commenting kovecraft your Twitter account. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Three years later he died. Lovecraft wanted to rip the mask off the human family in gothic fiction the same way Anderson ripped the mask off small town American hypocrisy in Winesburg, Ohio: Howard Conan story to which you refer.

It was this object, and not his peculiar personal appearance, which made him end his life. Mignan rated it it was amazing Shelves: The latter, he had said, was the daughter of a Portuguese trader whom he had met in Africa; and did not like English ways. Also one of the rare HPL stories told from a pure third-person perspective. It becomes rathur that these beings had an anthropomorfic form, well suited to cope with tools and raise defenses against an environment that, we think, could pose a threat to them.

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Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family

Ever since his son had commenced to grow out of infancy he had liked his home less and less, till at last he had seemed to dread it. His great-great-great-grandfather, Sir Wade Jermyn, had been an early explorer of the Congo regionwhose books on a mysterious white civilization there had been ridiculed. Thank you for your words. It did not disappear, because its descendants still lived in the decadent city. To view it, click jermgn.


Saddened by these family misfortunes, the scientist sought relief in work, and made two long expeditions in the interior of Africa.

Feb 18, John Cesarone rated it it was amazing. With this in mind, the dying city was overrun by great apes gorillas, orangutans and chimpanzeesbut for unknown reasons they did not kill the survivors; rather, they lived together for some time, even crossing with them. The servants were utterly dumbfounded, and watched at the head of the stairs, but their master did not return.

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The house of Jermyn no longer existed. One of the things I love about Lovecraft is his depiction of weird families, with their “unholy” mesalliances. With this gorilla Alfred Jermyn was singularly fascinated, and on many occasions the two would eye each other for long periods through the intervening bars.

After the close of the American war he was heard of as a sailor on a merchantman in the African trade, having a kind of reputation for feats of strength and climbing, but finally disappearing one night as his ship lay off artuhr Congo coast. Of the reality of the jungle city described by old Sir Wade, Arthur Jermyn had no further doubt; and was hardly astonished when early in he came upon what was left of it.

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