The Vagrant

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The Vagrant, December 1919

The Vagrant was an amateur press publication published and edited by W. Paul Cook.

The Vagrant was published in the early 1900s till the 1920s. Issue #4 appeared in September 1916, and the final issue, #15, appeared in Spring 1927. W. Paul Cool was a member of the United Amateur Press Association and a staunch supporter of the amateur press.

Contributors to The Vagrant included A. M. Adams, Clara L. Bell, Chas S. Campbell, Paul J. Campbell, O. Byron Copper, Anna Helen Crofts, Geo W. Darragh, Lucy Frost, Arthur Goodenough, Alma Myrtle Greenfield, Jean Connell Hayes, Edna von der Heide, J. E. Hoag, Willis Edwin Hurd, Winifred Virginia Jordan, Anita Roberta Kirksey, Franklin K. Lane, Andrew F. Lockhart, H.P. Lovecraft, Samuel Loveman, Pearl K. Merritt, Mabel I. More, James F. Morton, Jr., Essilyn Dale Nichols, Olive G. Owen, James Larkin Pearson, Geo I. Putman, Robert D. Roosmale-Cocq, Harriet L. Trieloff, Litta L. Voelchert, and Charles L.H. Wagner.

W, Paul Cook was partial to work inclined twoard the supernatural. After reading H. P. Lovecraft's juvenalia in 1917, Cook encourage Lovecraft to continue writing fiction. May of his works were published for the first time in The Vagrant, including "Dagon", for which Cook wrote the critical introduction "Howard P. Lovecraft's Fiction" (#11, November 1919) The publication also published work by Lovecraft collaborators Anna Helen Crofts and Winifred Virginia Jordan (as herself and as Elizabeth Berkeley).

W. Paule Cook also published The Ghost.