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Lovecraft was never able to support himself from earnings as author and editor. He saw commercial success increasingly elude him in this latter period, partly because he lacked the confidence and drive to promote himself. World Fantasy Award and H. In April 1893, after a psychotic episode in a Chicago hotel, Winfield was committed to Butler Hospital in Providence.
Though it is not clear who reported Winfield’s prior behavior to Butler, medical records indicate that he had been “doing and saying strange things at times” for a year before his commitment. Winfield spent five years in Butler before dying in 1898. Susie never exhibited symptoms of the disease, leading to questions regarding the intimacy of their relationship. In 1969 Sonia Greene ventured that Susie was a “touch-me-not” wife and that Winfield, being a traveling salesmen, “took his sexual pleasures wherever he could find them”. How Greene came to this opinion is unknown, as she never met Lovecraft’s parents, though Lovecraft himself termed his mother a “touch-me-not” in a 1937 letter noting that, after his early childhood, she avoided all physical contact with him. This is contrary to Susie’s treatment of a young Lovecraft soon after his father’s breakdown. According to the accounts of family friends Susie doted over the young Lovecraft to a fault, pampering him and never letting him out of her sight.
Throughout his life Lovecraft maintained that his father fell into a paralytic state, due to insomnia and being overworked, and remained that way until his death. It is unknown if Lovecraft was simply kept ignorant of his father’s illness or if his later remarks were intentionally misleading. After his father’s hospitalization, Lovecraft resided in the family home with his mother, his maternal aunts Lillian and Annie, and his maternal grandparents Whipple and Robie. Lovecraft later recollected that after his father’s illness his mother was “permanently stricken with grief. Whipple became a father figure to Lovecraft in this time, Lovecraft noting that his grandfather became the “centre of my entire universe. Whipple, who traveled often on business, maintained correspondence with the young Lovecraft by letter who, by the age of three, was already proficient at reading and writing.
When home Whipple would share weird tales of his own invention and show Lovecraft objects of art he had acquired in his European travels. Lovecraft also credits Whipple with being instrumental in overcoming his fear of the dark when Whipple forced Lovecraft, at five years old, to walk through several darkened rooms in the family home. While there is no indication that Lovecraft was particularly close to his grandmother Robie, her death in 1896 had a profound effect. By his own account, it sent his family into “a gloom from which it never fully recovered. His mother and aunts’ wearing of black mourning dresses “terrified” him, and it is at this time that Lovecraft, approximately five and half years old, started having nightmares that would inform his later writing. Thirty years later night gaunts would appear in Lovecraft’s writing. Lovecraft has said that as a child he was enamored with the Roman pantheon of gods, accepting them as genuine expressions of divinity and foregoing his Christian upbringing.
He recalls, at five years old, being told Santa Claus didn’t exist and retorting by asking why “God is not equally a myth? At the age of eight he took a keen interest in the sciences, particularly astronomy and chemistry. He also examined the anatomy books available to him in the family library, learning the specifics of human reproduction that had yet to be explained to him, and found that it “virtually killed my interest in the subject. In 1902, according to Lovecraft’s own correspondence, astronomy became a guiding influence on his world view. Lovecraft went in and out of elementary school repeatedly, oftentimes with home tutors making up for those lost school years, missing time due to health concerns that are not entirely clear.
The written recollections of his peers described him as both withdrawn yet openly welcoming to anyone who shared his current fascination with astronomy, inviting anyone to look through the telescope he prized. By 1900 Whipple’s various business concerns were suffering a downturn and slowly reducing his family’s wealth. He was forced to let the family’s hired servants go, leaving Lovecraft, Whipple and Susie, being the only unmarried sister, alone in the family home. In the spring of 1904 Whipple’s largest business venture suffered a catastrophic failure. Within months he died due to a stroke at age 70. After Whipple’s death Susie was unable to support the upkeep of the expansive family home on what remained of the Phillips’ estate.
Later that year she was forced to move herself and her son to a small duplex. Lovecraft has called this time one of the darkest of his life, remarking in a 1934 letter that he saw no point in living anymore. In fall of the same year he started high school. Much like his earlier school years, Lovecraft was at times removed from school for long periods for what he termed “near breakdowns”. He did say, though, that while having some conflicts with teachers, he enjoyed high school, becoming close with a small circle of friends. It was also during this period that Lovecraft produced the first of the types of fiction he would later be known for, namely “The Beast in the Cave” and “The Alchemist”.
It was in 1908, prior to his high school graduation, when Lovecraft suffered another health crisis of some sort, though this instance was seemingly more severe than any prior. The exact circumstances and causes remain unknown. The only direct records are Lovecraft’s own later correspondence wherein he described it variously as a “nervous collapse” and “a sort of breakdown”, in one letter blaming it on the stress of high school despite his enjoying it. In another letter concerning the events of 1908 he notes, “I was and am prey to intense headaches, insomnia, and general nervous weakness which prevents my continuous application to any thing. Though Lovecraft maintained that he was to attend Brown University after high school, he never graduated and never attended school again. Whether Lovecraft suffered from a physical ailment, a mental one, or some combination thereof has never been determined.