Clark Ashton Smith (January 13, 1893–August 14, 1961) was a self-educated American poet, sculptor, painter, and author of fantasy, horror, and science-fiction short stories. He achieved early local recognition, largely through the enthusiasm of George Sterling, for traditional verse in the vein of Swinburne. As a poet, Smith is grouped with the West Coast Romantics alongside Joaquin Miller, Sterling, Nora May French, and remembered as “The Last of the Great Romantics” and “The Bard of Auburn.”
The Bard of Auburn: Getting Weird in the Long Valley
Scott Bradfield on Clark Ashton Smith....