He is Professor Emeritus of Semitic languages at Brown University who was "widely known as an authority on ancient inscriptions, and had frequently been resorted to by the heads of prominent museums." Angell died suddenly after "a careless push" from a sailor "on a narrow hill street leading up from an ancient waterfront," while returning from the Newport boat. At the time of his death, at age 92, he was a childless widower. His research notes on the worldwide Cthulhu cult were discovered after his death by his nephew, Francis Wayland Thurston.
Behind the Mythos
- "Angell" is an old Providence family name, as well as the name of the street where Lovecraft's childhood address was situated. The author also had an uncle named Gamwell, whose name was pronounced with a silent W.
- S. T. Joshi, More Annotated H. P. Lovecraft, p. 175.