Welcome back to the Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers Today we’re looking at “Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn. The precise appearance of the “white apes” is never clearly defined. Based on the context of the story Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family. (EXP: An H. P. Lovecraft Encyclopedia) Critic William Fulwiler suggests that the plot of “Arthur Jermyn” may have been inspired by Edgar Rice Burroughs’ novels .

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After the close of the American war he was heard of as a sailor on a merchantman in the African trade, having a kind of reputation for feats of strength and climbing, but finally disappearing one night as his ship lay off the Congo coast. Science, already oppressive with its shocking revelations, will perhaps be the ultimate exterminator of our human species—if separate species we be—for its reserve of unguessed horrors could never be borne by mortal brains if loosed upon the world.

Self-immolation is never done lightly I’m sure Howard Phillips Lovecraft, of Providence, Rhode Island, was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction. This skull belongs to a month-old ape, now called Nyanzapithecus alesithat died about 13 million years ago photo credit: Alfred Jermyn grew up to inherit his grandfather’s title, but abandoned his wife and child to join a circus, where he became fascinated with a gorilla “of lighter colour than the average”.

But we know from Arthur Jermyn that science is really unreliable. Among the Kaliris was an aged chief called Mwanu, who possessed not only a highly retentive memory, but a singular degree of intelligence and interest in old legends. Arthur begins his examination of the mummy, only to run screaming from the room, and later commit suicide by dousing himself in oil and setting himself alight. Sir Wade was, indeed, most peculiar in his solicitude for his family; for when he returned to Africa he would permit no one to care for his young son save a loathsome black woman from Guinea.

There you have it, in a nutshell. A third told of the return of the son, grown to manhood—or apehood or godhood, as the case might be—yet unconscious of his identity.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. This is a weird little story, with lots of historical information on the Jermyn family.

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Arthur accepts his offer, and returns to England. According to one story nothing further happened save that the stuffed goddess became a symbol of arthkr for whatever tribe might possess it. She, with an infant son born in Africa, had accompanied him back from the second and longest of his trips, and had gone with him on the third and last, never returning.

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Indeed, old Sir Wade had possessed an intellectual zeal amounting almost to a mania; his bizarre conjectures on a prehistoric white Congolese civilisation earning him much ridicule when his book, Observations on the Several Parts of Africa, was published. I do find this article utterly fascinating, though.

If so, the novel you are referring to is also related to a tale by Robert E. But it was Sir Wade who located a ruined city hidden in the tropical rainforest almost three hundred years later.

One of the things I love about Lovecraft is his depiction of weird families, with their “unholy” mesalliances. Choi; 10 August May 09, David Meditationseed rated it liked it.

Surely the imaginative blacks had made the most of whatever events might lie behind the extravagant legendry. Life is a hideous thing, and from the background behind what we know of it peer daemoniacal hints of truth which make it sometimes a thousandfold more hideous.

You are commenting using your WordPress. Nov 03, Viktor Malafey rated it it was amazing Shelves: Collected Essays on H. Essentially, Lovecraft was tapping into this fear and resentment associated with the Theory of Evolution.

Facts Concerning The Late Arthur Jermyn and his Family

Viscount Brightholme and fathered three sons, one of which, Nevil Jermyn, had a son, Alfred, who was Arthur Jermyn’s father. This article’s lead section does locecraft adequately summarize key points of its contents.

Joshi holds that the city in ruins is the source for all white civilization JO01, In fact, the acceptance that not only the Jermyn, but all the existing human race, has been mixed with the blood of a white ape-like race is the kernel of AJ; uermyn it is thus suggested by the strong sentence in the first paragraph: No one placed the charred fragments in an urn arthru set a memorial to him who had been; for certain papers and a certain boxed object were found, which made men wish to forget.

He became its trainer, but was killed in Chicago after an incident in which he attacked the gorilla and the latter fought back. Jermyn could form no conjecture, but by close questioning obtained a very picturesque legend of the stuffed goddess. The past explains his peculiar appearance and the way and reason he died. In the son of Sir Philip Jermyn the now accepted family peculiarity took a strange and fatal turn.


He includes archaeology and ancient gods and cultures in this story, another aspect of his writings I find intriguing. Arthug this gorilla Alfred Llovecraft was singularly fascinated, and on many occasions the two would eye each other for long periods through the intervening bars.

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Instead, we were relinquished to the role of just another by-product of the forces of natural selection. Joshi and David E. When the husband and father deserted his family, the mother took the atthur to Jermyn House; where there was none left to object to her presence.

Tall and fairly handsome, with a sort of weird Eastern grace despite certain slight oddities of proportion, Robert Jermyn began life as a scholar jemryn investigator. Although only the Portuguese trader is mentioned in the tale, it can be inferred that possibly he was the true dicoverer of the city in ruins. He had shewn little regret when shut into the barred room at Huntingdon, for his mind moved curiously.

Upon coming back, after the death of Lady Jermyn, he himself assumed complete care of the arthru. The author has taken a nine-page story and masterfully wrung every ounce of meaning from it he can. Wade’s son, Philip Jermyn, was a sailor that joined the navy after fathering his afthur, and disappeared from his ship one night as it lay off the Congo coast. Written inpublished in8 pages. For a long ,ovecraft they had reigned over the city together, but when they had a son all three went away.

Although the tale is curious, involving myths from Congo, Africa, in an interesting hybrid mythology between human monkeys beings and stories about different generations of the same family, unfortunately maybe for some readers the tale can runs into a probable racism from the years in whitch this story was written: