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 .

Author: Votaur Shajar
Country: Brunei Darussalam
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Photos
Published (Last): 20 April 2007
Pages: 390
PDF File Size: 5.65 Mb
ePub File Size: 12.72 Mb
ISBN: 207-7-47166-717-2
Downloads: 40325
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Taramar

Facts Concerning The Late Arthur Jermyn and his Family by H.P. Lovecraft

The pathos drips off the pages. The perils of colonialism, interfering with ancient tribes and the repercussions of going jrrmyn bit too native. While it might make more sense in the context of a culture where people committed suicide upon finding out they had a black great-something-grandparent, it’s still a festering heap of rotting nonsense. Time and the Congo climate are not kind to mummies; especially when their preparation is as amateurish as seemed to be the case here.

The branch which spread around the world represents the origin of all hominidae, leading the way up to the Australopithecuswho lived in Eastern Africa about four million of years ago. 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.

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. No one placed the charred lovecrart in an urn or set a memorial to him who had been; for certain papers and a certain boxed object were found, which made men wish to forget. Views Read Edit View history. Feb 03, Tom rated it liked it.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Arthur begins his examination of the mummy, only to run screaming from the room, and later commit suicide by lovwcraft himself in oil and setting himself alight. Friends said that it was this series of griefs which unhinged the mind of Sir Robert Jermyn, yet it was probably merely a bit of African folklore which caused the disaster. The stuffed goddess, he wrote, would arrive duly jwrmyn about a month after receipt of the letter.

Also one of the rare HPL stories told from a pure third-person perspective. The latter, he had said, was the daughter of a Portuguese trader whom he had met in Africa; and did not like English ways.

Selling a portion of his estate to obtain the requisite money, lvecraft outfitted an expedition and sailed for the Congo. I can see why people may give low ratings: Philip Jermyn saw the light in the Artnur, probably among the ruins discovered by his Portuguese grandfather. Then he had departed alone. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

In his second son, Nevil, a singularly repellent person who seemed to combine the surliness of Philip Jermyn with the hauteur of the Brightholmes, ran away with a vulgar dancer, but was pardoned upon his return in the following year.

The bibliography at the end relates the codes and the texts. Three years later he died.

This one concerns the white god and apes, and a family haunted and tortured by a dead ape. But we know from Arthur Jermyn that science lovecratt really unreliable.

Lovecraft Encyclopediap. The descriptions of each generation’s madness are actually quite gripping and terrifying. The themes of the story are tainted ancestry, knowledge that it would be best to remain unaware of, and a reality which human understanding finds intolerable.

The end of Sir Philip remains a mystery; at least inhe embarked on a ship which traded lofecraft Africa, dissapearing one night when his ship lay off the Congo AJ, in CC99, He had shewn little regret when shut into the barred room at Huntingdon, for his mind moved curiously. There you have it, in ejrmyn nutshell. All arthir references to the texts will be showed through a two letter code and a number representing, respectively, the title abbreviation and the year of the first edition, followed by the page number for instance, JO96, stands for: Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.


Worlds of H.P. Lovecraft #6: Arthur Jermyn

They did not expect to hear Sir Alfred Jermyn emit a shrill, inhuman scream, or to see him seize his clumsy antagonist with both hands, dash it to the floor of the cage, and bite fiendishly at its hairy throat.

He paints a wonderful portrait of a deeply flawed family, dealing with generations of oddity and madness culminating in a twist that whilst may be obvious in the modern world, I’m sure shook some of his contemporaries.

The legend here seemed to present three variants. Arthur Jermyn was the son of Sir Alfred Jermyn and a music-hall singer of unknown origin. Jun 16, Colleen rated it liked it Shelves: The past explains his peculiar appearance and the way and reason he died. If we knew what we are, we should do as Sir Arthur Jermyn did; and Arthur Jermyn soaked himself in oil and set fire to his clothing one night.

In frame he was small, but intensely powerful, and was of incredible agility.

While Lovecraft claimed that he intended to describe the most horrible family shadow, E. His son Sir Philip Jermyn, now a baronet, was a sailor and had a descendant, Robert Jermyn, born in This site uses cookies.