The Case of Charles Dexter Ward Essay & Project Ideas

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1. In The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, Lovecraft mentions many place names in Providence, Rhode Island. Look up maps of Providence in the 1700s and the 1920s, then make a map of your own showing all the places mentioned in the novel. How accurate are Lovecraft's descriptions of Providence, past and present? Has the city changed in any important ways since Lovecraft's time?

2. Read Marlowe's Tragedy of Doctor Faustas and compare Faustus with Ward. Can anything important about Ward's characterization be learned by comparing him to Faust? What?

3. Why would Lovecraft have not published The Case of Charles Dexter Ward in his lifetime? Why would he leave his manuscript sitting around? What does this say about Lovecraft as a person?

4. Lovecraft's writings not only influenced Gothic literature but he himself helped other writers with their works.

How did Lovecraft help other writers?

Why did...

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