"I enjoyed your yarn in the latest Weird Tales. You have collaborated with Schorer on quite a number of stories, have you not? I do not seem to remember ever having seen his name except in collaboration with you, though doubtless he has written numbers of stories."
-- Robert E. Howard to August Derleth 11 December, 1934
The tale in question was either "Colonel Markesan" or "A Matter of Faith."
Good article! I went through my own phase of Lovecraft snobbery and labeling Derleth as a hack (but for some reason I still enjoyed a lot of his stories, talk about cognitive dissonance or perhaps downright hypocrisy ) But that wheel has turned and I think he deserves more recognition and respect, IMO Derleth's take on the Cthulhu Mythos has had almost as much influence on modern mythos fiction as HPL's original works.
Another great Derleth DMR post by Deuce. I really enjoyed this article. Maybe I'm not the norm, but I had never succumbed the Derleth hatred. I guess I never heard the accusations and only saw in him a champion for HPL.
Now, I did/do succumb to the L Sprague DeCamp dislike, however, feeling that Sprague ripped REH off and gave his stuff away willy nilly to his (Sprague's) friends who needed a story line.
Not to get off on a tangent--it was neat to see one whom I admire pardoned by another whom I admire -- El Deuce.
I always applauded Derleth's untiring, unflinching effort to preserve HPLs literary works and correspondence, and to also further the mythos Lovecraft started, whom unfortunately was taken from us before he could develop it any further than he did. Well, he gave us an excellent start, right?
And August W Derleth picked up where HPL left off and carried that torch for as long as he could.