A Reminiscence of Dr. Samuel Johnson

"A Reminiscence of Dr. Samuel Johnson" is a short story written in 1917 by American horror fiction writer H. P. Lovecraft. It was first published in the September 1917 issue of the United Amateur, under the pseudonym Humphrey Littlewit, Esq.

"A Reminiscence of Dr. Samuel Johnson"
AuthorH.P. Lovecraft
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Genre(s)Fantasyhumor
Published inUnited Amateur
Media typeshort story
Publication date1917

The story is a spoof of Lovecraft's antiquarian affectations. Littlewit, the narrator, is born August 20, 1690–200 years to the day before Lovecraft's birthdate—making him nearly 228 years old as he writes a memoir.

Critic Daniel Harms writes, "While not one of the most inspired of his pieces, it at least shows that HPL realized his pretensions... of being an older, cultured gentleman of an earlier era, and could make fun of himself."


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