H.P. Lovecraft, circa 1934

H.P. Lovecraft was a child prodigy and was not only memorizing poems by the time he was three, but by the time of he was six he was also writing them. His grandfather was responsible for encouraging him to read and provided him with classics such as The Iliad and The Odyssey. His grandfather also read him several works of Gothic Horror, which he had written, and may have kindled H.P.’s interest and later writings.