Essential Wold Newton precursors are works which substantially inspired Mr. Farmer, or which he drew upon in a meaningful way, in the formation of his various theories and speculations which coalesced as the Wold Newton Family and mythos.
The roots of some of Farmer’s ideas can be traced to Professor H.W. Starr’s articles “A Submersible Subterfuge, or Proof Impositive” (included as an addendum to Farmer’s The Other Log of Phileas Fogg) and “A Case of Identity, or, The Adventure of the Seven Claytons” (included as an addendum to Farmer’s Tarzan Alive).
It should also be noted that, although Farmer incorporated the theory that Sherlock Holmes and Nero Wolfe are father and son into his Wold Newton mythology, he was not the first to advance this hypothesis. For a more expansive treatment of Holmes and Wolfe, the reader is referred to William S. Baring-Gould’s Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street and Nero Wolfe of West Thirty-Fifth Street.
Following is a listing of essential Wold Newton precursors.
Brueckel, Frank J. and John Harwood. “Heritage of the Flaming God.” Heritage of the Flaming God: Ancient Mysteries of La and Savage Opar. Alan Hanson and Michael Winger, eds. Waziri Publications, 1999.
Baring-Gould, William S. Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street: The Life of the World’s First Consulting Detective. New York: Bramhall House, 1962.
–––. Nero Wolfe of West Thirty-Fifth Street: The Life and Times of America’s Largest Private Detective. New York: Penguin Books, 1982.
Starr, Professor H.W. “A Case of Identity, or, The Adventure of the Seven Claytons.” Addendum I to Tarzan Alive.
–––. “A Submersible Subterfuge, or, Proof Impositive.” Addendum to The Other Log of Phileas Fogg.