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R. H. Barlow

R. H. BarlowAKA Robert Hayward Barlow

Born: 18-May-1918
Birthplace: Leavenworth, KS
Died: 2-Jan-1951
Location of death: Azcapotzalco, Mexico City, Mexico
Cause of death: Suicide

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Gay
Occupation: Author, Anthropologist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Literary executor of H. P. Lovecraft

At the age of 13, R. H. Barlow became pen pals with H. P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard, often publishing their stories and poetry under his Dragon-Fly Press imprint. Lovecraft left Rhode Island for two consecutive summers to visit the teenager in DeLand, Florida and assist him with his burgeoning fiction career. They collaborated on six stories together, and on Lovecraft's passing, Barlow was named his literary executor.

Barlow went on to publish some further weird fiction and volumes of poetry, later moving to Mexico City where he made a name for himself as an anthropologist and translator of the Nahuatl language. As a professor at Mexico City College, William S. Burroughs was one of the students Barlow introduced to the mysteries of the Mayan codices. In 1950, Barlow published a short run of one of the only Nahuatl newspapers ever printed, Mexihkatl itonalama.

At the time of his death, he was widely recognized as the authority on 14th to 17th century Mexico. Barlow committed suicide by barbiturate overdose amid a boy-love scandal at the age of 32.

Father: Everett Darius Barlow (WWI Lt. Colonel, b. 28-Jun-1881, d. 31-Mar-1952)
Mother: Bernice Leach ("Nettie", b. 12-May-1884, d. 7-Aug-1962)
Brother: Everett Wayne Barlow (soldier, b. 10-Oct-1908, d. 7-Feb-1992)

    University: Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
    University: Polytechnic Institute, San Francisco, CA
    University: Escuela Nacional de Ciencias Biologicas (1939-41)
    University: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
    University: BA Anthropology, UC Berkeley (1941-42)
    University: MS Anthropology, UC Berkeley (1942-43)
    Teacher: Escuela Nacional de Antropologia
    Teacher: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
    Professor: Department of Anthopology Chair, Mexico City College (1948-51)

    Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship (1944)
    Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (1946-48)

Author of books:
The Night Ocean (1936, story, with H. P. Lovecraft)
Collapsing Cosmoses (1938, story, with H. P. Lovecraft)
A Dim-Remembered Story
The Root-Gatherers
Return by Sunset
Poems for a Competition (1942, poetry)
The Battle That Ended the Century (1944, story, with H. P. Lovecraft)
View from a Hill (1947, poetry)


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