Wednesday, May 6, 2015

LINK: Lovecraft to Houdini about Edgar Allan Poe's desk

Here's a link that's been generating some excitement. Among the items on display at a recent Houdini event in Toronto was a letter written by H.P. Lovecraft to Houdini congratulating him on his acquisition of Edgar Allan Poe's writing desk. Images of the letter and desk are posted at Lovecraft eZine.


Houdini and Lovecraft knew each other well. Lovecraft ghostwrote Houdini's short story, Imprisoned with the Pharaohs, and at the time of Houdini's death they were collaborating on a book called The Cancer of Superstition. The two men have also been teamed up posthumously in many fictional adventures.

I've heard there is an Edgar Allan Poe desk in the collection of the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas. As they also house a large collection of Houdiniana, can we assume this was the desk Houdini owned?

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