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H. P. Lovecraft Book Club: Series 2 Episode 7: Poems (3)

In the final episode of the second "season" of the H. P. Lovecraft Book Club, I look at some of his World War I poems. Next up, his stories written from 1920 to 1924.

Episode 387: Francis Parkman: The Old Regime in Canada (3)

The finale of my review of THE OLD REGIME IN CANADA by Francis Parkman. One of the best books in the series. Highly recommended.

H. P. Lovecraft Book Club: Series 2: Episode 6: More Early Poetry

A few more poems by H. P. Lovecraft explore some of this themes of cosmic horror, as well as some other themes, including a satirical romance. 

Episode 386: Francis Parkman: The Old Regime In Canada (2)

Part two of my review of THE OLD REGIME IN CANADA by Francis Parkman, a social, political, and institutional history of New France during the time of Louis XIV.

H. P. Lovecraft Book Club: Series 2: Episode 5: Poems (1)

In this episode I take on some of Lovecraft's earliest poems.

Episode 385: Francis Parkman: Old Regime in Canada (1)

In the fourth volume of Parkman's FRANCE AND ENGLAND IN NORTH AMERICA we look at the political and social institutions in New France during its peak during the years of Frontenac and Louis XIV. A great addition that does something different from the other values in the series.

Episode 383: Francis Parkman: La Salle and the Great West (3)

The third and finale part of my review of LA SALLE AND THE DISCOVERY OF THE GREAT WEST by Francis Parkman. This episode focuses on La Salle's attempts to establish the foundation of a Mediterranean empire for France. (All he got for it was a short-lived for in present-day Texas). Saint-Domingue is mentioned only in passing.

H. P. Lovecraft Book Club: Series 2: Episode 4: Temperance Writing

Lovecraft is not often accused of being dry, but he totally was. Try to enjoy this episode of the H.P. Lovecraft Book Club sober. I bet you cannot.

Episode 383: Francis Parkman: La Salle and the Great West (2)

In this episode, I look at some of La Salle's labor troubles during his expeditions to the Great Lakes and the Mississippi. Maybe it is time for a labor history of exploration.

H. P. Lovecraft Book Club: Series 2: Episode 3: Astronomy Journalism

Lovecraft as an amateur astronomer and he shared his insights in newspapers. This episode takes a brief looks a series of columns he wrote to introduce the basic of astronomy to readers, and provide glimpses into his views of cosmic horror.

H. P. Lovecraft Book Club: Series 2: Episode 2: World War I Writings

In this episode I dig into some of Lovecraft's amateur journalism dealing with the First World War. Why did he think the U.S. should back Great Britain in the conflict? It has a lot to do with race and his vision of an Anglo-American "white Atlantic".

Episode 382: Francis Parkman: La Salle and the Great West (1)

Francis Parkman's third volume of his epic history of New France is called LA SALLE AND THE GREAT WEST. What drove La Salle to explore the Great Lakes and Mississippi? Find out.

H. P. Lovecraft Book Club: Series 2: Episode 1: Early Letters

Since I lack the first volume of the Selected Letters of H. P. Lovecraft, I am working off some notes I took a few years ago. In the future I promise more complete examination of his wacky letters.

Episode 381: Francis Parkman: Jesuits in North America (3)

Finale of my review of THE JESUITS IN NORTH AMERICA by Francis Parkman. In this episode I look at the martyrdom of the Jesuits, the "Mourning Wars", and the refugee crises among the Huron. 

H. P. Lovecraft Book Club: Episode 13: The Street

"Season One" of the H. P. Lovecraft Book Club ends with a look at "The Street." Next, we will explore some of his other early writings such as astronomy, his letters, amateur journalism and poetry.

Episode 380: Francis Parkman: Jesuits in North America-2

More on the French Jesuits in Canada and the Huron mission in this episode of my read-through of Francis Parkman's FRANCE AND ENGLAND IN NORTH AMERICA.

Episode 379: Francis Parkman Jr. The Jesuits in North America (1)

Part 1 of my review of Francis Parkman's THE JESUITS OF NORTH AMERICA. This volume covers the mid-17th century Jesuit efforts among the Huron and Algonquins amidst the Beaver Wars (Mourning Wars).

H. P. Lovecraft Book Club: Episode 12: The Statement of Randolph Carter

A fairly famous story of Lovecraft's "The Statement of Randolph Carter" builds to a shocking ending. Not the richest thematically, but a lot of fun to read.

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