Samuel Loveman

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Samuel Loveman (1887–1976) was an American poet, critic, and dramatist.

In the early 1920s he translated Charles Baudelaire and Paul Verlaine from the French, publishing them in his little magazine The Saturnian. He was a self-taught specialist in Elizabethan prose and drame, and Ancient Greek poetry. His own exotic and imaginative verse included The Hermaphrodite and Other Poems (1926) and The Sphinx (1944) published by W. Paul Cook. A collection of Loveman's work, edited by S.T. Joshi and David E. Schultz, was published in 2004 as Out of the Immortal Night: Selected Works of Samuel Loveman.

His friends included Ambrose Bierce, Allen Tate, H. P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, George Sterling and Hart Crane, with Loveman functioning as executor of Hart Crane's estate.[1]

H.P. Lovecraft's story "The Statement of Randolph Carter" was based on a dream he had, which included Loveman who became Harley Warren in the story. A manuscript of Lovecraft's story "Hypnos" (1922) has recently been discovered with the original header dedication of "To S.L.". Lovecraft's "Nyarlathotep" was also inspired by a dream he had about Loveman.


  1. ^ Voelcker, Hunce. The Hart Crane Voyages. Page 17. Brownstone Press, 1967.

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