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As long as we are going to discuss how typical or atypical racism was among English-speaking writers in the early Twentieth Century (and I agree it is relevant to the article), one should really include a lot more of the Socialists and/or Progressives: H.G. Wells, Jack London, Margaret Sanger, etc. Lovecraft considered himself a conservative and was raised by reactionaries, but the fact that he could see his racist views mirrored across the intellectual spectrum of the day should in fairness be noted. When I have the time, I will find suitable citations for the authors above and edit the article. Mandrakos (talk) 20:41, 5 November 2015 (UTC)
Suitable citations in this case would mention Lovecraft specifically rather than simply confirming that those other writers expressed racist views, as it would be original research to treat their views as relevant to Lovecraft without a source that does the same. (That's why I've just removed the summary of Gail Bederman's work, which I hadn't realized until now makes no mention of Lovecraft. I also removed the summary of the Michael Gurnow article; whatever its merits as an interpretation, it's not a work or an author of sufficient weight in the field to belong in a brief overview.) But I agree that the wording of the article should make clear that racism (though not necessarily Lovecraft's own extreme brand thereof) was widespread at the time, not just confined to the somewhat ill-defined "New England society he grew up in." I believe the discussion in Joshi's biography is useful here, and will try to find a decent citation and phrasing for the point in the next couple days. Brendan Moody (talk) 01:06, 6 November 2015 (UTC)
I agree, and am also challenging this text as WP:OR. Consensus should be obtained here on the Talk page for alternative text, and the disputed text should not be re-added. --Laser brain(talk) 12:33, 6 November 2015 (UTC)
If anyone thinks that there was a phenomenon of racist views being expressed by famous authors of the early 20th century, I think that would make a good topic for a wikipedia article. Then, all these authors articles, rather than repeating the information, could reference that article. I think that would help 1) Allow the topic to be represented consistently in all those author's articles, 2) reduce duplwication, 3) Give the reader a great place to get the whole story related to that issue. Rjmail (talk) 14:17, 6 November 2015 (UTC)
We should depend on what most scholarly sources say, not what individual editors think. Most sources say he was either a raging racist, or a product of his times and therefore racist. It's really pushing it to argue that he wasn't racist at all, especially with real non-racists of the time getting coverage elsewhere.DreamGuy (talk) 01:30, 23 November 2015 (UTC)