“To a Sophisticated Young Gentleman, Presented by His Grandfather with a Volume of Contemporary Literature“


“To a Sophisticated Young Gentleman, Presented by His Grandfather with a Volume of Contemporary Literature“
   Poem (82 lines); written on December 15, 1928. First published in SL2.255–57.
   The poem was written to accompany a copy of Marcel Proust’s Swann’s Way,which HPL presented to Frank Belknap Long for Christmas. In the course of the poem HPL delivers telling blows on the freakishness and extravagance of much modern literature and the culture that produced it. In the first published appearance (a letter to James F.Morton, [January 1929]), the poem bears a variant title: “An Epistle to Francis, Ld. Belknap….”

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