West of Wherevermore and Other Essays by Donald Sidney-Fryer



  • Includes THE MISCELLANEON, the latest poetry collection by Donald Sidney-Fryer
  • ISBN 9781614982753
  • 254 pp
  • Cover artwork and design by Daniel V. Sauer
  • Trade paperback
  • August 2019


This title is being released at NecronomiCon Providence 2019.

Orders placed here will be filled in late August, after the convention.


In a career that has spanned more than fifty years, Donald Sidney-Fryer has distinguished himself by being the biographer, critic, and bibliographer of Clark Ashton Smith; the chronicler of the “California Romantics,” a school of 20th-century poets including Smith, George Sterling, and himself; and an unfailingly acute analyst of poetry and prose fiction in several languages.


In this scintillating volume of his more recent writings, Sidney-Fryer dwells at length on his visits to Thailand, Cambodia, Egypt, Central America, Hawaii, and Micronesia, revealing his sensitivity to exotic landscapes and the weight of history and culture in these ancient lands. We also find essays and reviews on surrealism, the poetry of George Sterling, Wade German, Henry J. Vester III, and Alan Gullette, and two vivid accounts of Lovecraft conventions in Providence, R.I.


The latter sections of the volume comprise THE MISCELLANEON, Sidney-Fryer’s ongoing experiments in poetry and prose poetry, exhibiting his mastery of a multiplicity of verse forms and also taking note of his momentous transition from California to Massachusetts.


Donald Sidney-Fryer (b. 1934) is the author of Songs and Sonnets Atlantean (1971), Emperor of Dreams: A Clark Ashton Smith Bibliography (1978), and many other volumes. Hippocampus Press recently published his autobiography, Hobgoblin Apollo (2018).

This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 01 August, 2019.

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