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Winfield Townley Scott (April 30, 1910 – April 28, 1968) was an American poet, critic and diarist.



Scott was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, seven days after the arrival of Halley's Comet. He graduated from Brown University in 1931.[1]

He penned an important early appreciation of horror writer H.P. Lovecraft (1890–1937) — "His Own Most Fantastic Creation: Howard Phillips Lovecraft" (1944). Another essay on Lovecraft, "Lovecraft as a Poet", first appeared in Rhode Island on Lovecraft (1945) and was reprinted elsewhere in a revised version as "A Parenthesis on Lovecraft as Poet." He corresponded with Lovecraft, and in 1950, advised J. Warren Thomas about a biographical thesis. He was editor of The Providence Journal and Evening Bulletin[2]

Scott was primarily known for his journals. He published these as A Dirty Hand (1958). He corresponded with Ruth Lechlitner.[3]

Several of his poems appear in the book, "Dont Forget To Fly", an anthology (that includes many other famous works) collected by Paul B. Janeczko, Bradbury Press, published in 1981.

He died due to a drug reaction in 1968.



Books of poemsEdit

  • Wind the Clock (1941)
  • The Sword on the Table (1942)
  • To Marry Strangers (1945)
  • Mr. Whittier and Other Poems (1948)
  • The Dark Sister (1958)
  • Scrimshaw (1959)
  • Collected Poems 1937-1962 (1962)
  • Change of Weather (1964)


  • A Dirty Hand (University of Texas Press, 1969)


  • Exiles and Fabrications (Doubleday, 1961)

As editorEdit

  • La Farge, Oliver, The Man with the Calabash Pipe (Houghton Mifflin, 1966)


  1. ^ "Encyclopedia Brunoniana | Poetry". Retrieved 2017-05-29.
  2. ^ "The Black Seas of Copyright: Arkham House Publishers and the H.P. Lovecraft Copyrights". Retrieved 2017-05-29.
  3. ^ "Papers of Ruth Lechlitner - Special Collections - The University of Iowa Libraries". Retrieved 2017-05-29.
  4. ^ "1963 National Book Awards Winners and Finalists, The National Book Foundation". Retrieved 2017-05-29.
  • Poet in America: Winfield Townley Scott by Scott Donaldson (AuthorHouse, 2001).

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