Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Mosig mss., 1971-1979, consist of letters to Dirk Walter Mosig, 1943- , professor of psychology, from science fiction and fantasy writers principally discussing Howard Phillips Lovecraft, 1890-1937. The letters are written to Mosig at Georgia Southwestern College in Americus, Georgia, through August 1977, and then at Kearney State College in Kearney, Nebraska. Mosig, a well-known Lovecraft aficionado, edited a newsletter or review called The Miskatonic. Many of the letters refer to his interest in Lovecraft, to The Miskatonic, and to two biographies of Lovecraft published in 1975: L. Sprague de Camp's Lovecraft: A Biography (New York, Doubleday) and Frank Belknap Long's Howard Phillips Lovecraft: Dreamer on the Nightside (Sauk City, Wis., Arkham House).

The most extensive files are from Robert Albert Bloch, Lyon Sprague de Camp, Frank Belknap Long, Edgar Hoffman Price, and George T. Wetzel. Other correspondents are Ben Cook Bowman, Joseph Payne Brennan, August William Derleth, Sterling Edmund Lanier, Fritz Leiber, Dirk Walter Mosig, John Stewart Williamson, and Gahan Wilson.

Collection size: 322 items

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