- Farnsworth Wright
Farnsworth Wright (1888-1940) was the editor of the
pulp magazine" Weird Tales" during the magazine's heyday.
Wright, a veteran of
World War I, was working as a music criticfor the "Chicago Herald and Examiner" when he began his association with "Weird Tales", founded in 1923. [Joshi and Schultz, p. 304.] At first serving as chief manuscript reader, [ [http://members.aol.com/weirdtale1/authors.htm "The Authors"] , "Weird Tales: The Unique Magazine"] he replaced founding editor Edwin Bairdin 1924 when the latter was fired by publisher J. C. Henneberger. [Carter, pp. 37, 46.]
During Wright's editorship of the magazine, which lasted until 1940, it was publishing regularly such well-known authors as
H. P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howardand Clark Ashton Smith. Yet Wright had a strained relationship with all three writers, rejecting major works by them such as Lovecraft's " At the Mountains of Madness" and " The Shadow over Innsmouth", [Joshi and Schultz, p. 305.] Howard's " The Frost Giant's Daughter" [Hoffman and Cerasini, pp. 93-94.] and Smith's " The Seven Geases" (which Wright dismissed as just "one geas after another"). [Murray, p. 13.]
Wright (nicknamed "Plato" by his writers) was also noteworthy for starting the commercial careers of three important fantasy artists:
Margaret Brundage, Virgil Finlay, and Hannes Bok. Each of the three made their first sale to, and had their work first appear in, "Weird Tales."
Parkinson's diseasein 1921; by 1930, he was unable to sign his own letters. His failing health forced him to resign as editor during 1940, and he died later that year. [Joshi and Schultz, p. 304.]
Lin Carter, ""
*Charles Hoffman and Marc A. Cerasini, "The Strange Case of Robert Ervin Howard", "The Horror of It All",
Robert M. Price, ed.
S. T. Joshiand David E. Schultz, "An H. P. Lovecraft Encyclopedia"
Clark Ashton Smith, "The Book of Hyperborea", Will Murray, ed.
[http://members.aol.com/weirdtales/index.htm "Weird Tales: The Unique Magazine"] (website; accessed September 13, 2006)
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