“Omnipresent Philistine, The“
- “Omnipresent Philistine, The“
Essay (890 words); probably written in the spring of 1924. First published in the Oracle(May 1924); rpt. MW
Largely a response to fellow amateur Paul Livingston Keil, the essay maintains that art should be judged only by aesthetic, not moral, standards, and that the censorship of art is more dangerous than the potential moral or social problems caused by radical art. HPL declares, rather surprisingly, that James Branch Cabell’s Jurgenand James Joyce’s Ulyssesare “significant contributions to contemporary art” (although he later confessed that he never actually attempted to read Ulysses).
An H.P.Lovecraft encyclopedia.
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