Is Carter in The Unnamable our friend Randolph?

  1. lynnfredricks

    lynnfredricks Well-Known Member

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    I was just re-reading The Unnamable last night, and I always assumed this Carter is also Randolph Carter. Does anyone know if HPL confirmed this himself in his various letters?
     
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  2. Ningauble

    Ningauble Lovecraftian

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    Yes. There is a reference in “The Silver Key” (IIRC) indicating this.
     
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  3. lynnfredricks

    lynnfredricks Well-Known Member

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    Maybe I am missing it. The events of "The Statement of Randolph Carter" are certainly in "The Silver Key". We know both Carters are writers, and there is a close association with Arkham. Are you thinking it is this:

    "Then he went back to Arkham, the terrible witch-haunted old town of his forefathers in New England, and had experiences in the dark, amidst the hoary willows and tottering gambrel roofs, which made him seal forever certain pages in the diary of a wild-minded ancestor."

    And this being the ancestor who was scarred up in The Unnamable?
     
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  4. Ningauble

    Ningauble Lovecraftian

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    Yes. The diary is the one he is talking about in "The Unnamable".
     
    Jan 16, 2018 at 9:02 PM
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  5. lynnfredricks

    lynnfredricks Well-Known Member

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    That's what I thought. My guess is this isn't Edmund Carter, though it could be (after fleeing Salem).
     
    Jan 18, 2018 at 1:48 AM
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