J. J.: Thanks for reminding me of that essay, which was beautifully done. (Translation: Wish I’d written it.) I don’t know that “socialist” is quite right for Lovecraft, though, whatever he may have thought he thought. This was not a guy with much affection for the Common Man.
Lovecraft and Mencken walked the earth at the same time. Wonder if their paths ever crossed? HPL isn’t in the index of Teachout’s book, and I lost the Derleth biography around 35 years ago.