Out of the Immortal Night: Selected Works of Samuel Loveman
By Samuel Loveman, edited by S. T. Joshi and David E. Schultz
Samuel Loveman (1887-1976) was a consummate poet, translator, critic, and dramatist, and his writings reveal a fertile mind and an aesthetic sensitivity rarely found in modern literature. At the pinnacle of Loveman's poetic output is The Hermaphrodite, a long, gorgeously evocative poem that flawlessly recreates the atmosphere of classical antiquity. The Sphinx, a prose drama, is a riot of exotic imagery and diction.
Loveman made little effort to gather his work, and this volume represents the first time that all his extant poems, along with generous samplings of his other writings, have been collected within the covers of a book. The result is a rich treasure-trove, amply illuminating the high regard Loveman earned from such friends as Ambrose Bierce, H. P. Lovecraft, Hart Crane, Clark Ashton Smith, and George Sterling.