“Celephaïs”

The Lovecraft series continues.

Raw Feed (2005): “Celephaïs”, H. P. Lovecraft, 1920.Dagon and Other Macabre Tales

This is another of Lovecraft’s Dunsanian tales and features Kuranes, a minor character in the later “The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath“.

This is the story of how the old Kuranes seeks and find “his old world of childhood”: the city of Celephaïs in the Valley of Ooth-Nargai.

The last paragraph, where Kuranes’ real body (he still lives in the dream world) is shown to be”the body of a tramp” below “the cliffs of Innsmouth” and washes (as the story ends)

upon the rocks by ivy-covered Trevor Towers, where a notably fat and especially offensive millionaire brewer enjoys the purchased atmosphere of extinct nobility

seems Lovecraft slapping a mundane, money obsessed member of the bourgeois who doesn’t know that he is in the presence of the sort of royalty and nobility he can only pretend to.

This story was written in 1920 when Lovecraft was 30. Seven years later, in “The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath”, Kuranes has grown tired of his dream city and longs for the Cornish fishing village of his youth.

 

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