Put another way: If August Derleth had not rescued H.P. Lovecraft’s work from literary obscurity, would someone else have done it?
Please comment below with your opinion on this.
My opinion is that perhaps someone else would have, but it’s far from inevitable that they would have; and even if someone else had, it probably would not have been to the degree that Derleth was able to do so.
I’m not exactly a fan of Derleth’s writing or his attempt to “organize” the Mythos, but that said, in my opinion we owe him a great debt.