H.P. Lovecraft

H.P. Lovecraft The Basic Facts Of H.P Lovecraft S Life Have Long Been Known, But Before This Book The Only Account Of His Life Worth Having Was L Sprague De Camp S 1975 Biography, Which Was Lively But Sketchy, Giving A Fragmented View Of Lovecraft S Life And Work S.T Joshi Has Delivered The Goods This Is Not Only The Finest And Most Definitive Biography Of Lovecraft, It Is Likely To Remain So For Many Decades Into The Future While At Nearly 700 Pages, It S Not Necessarily A Book Every Lovecraft Fan Will Sit Down And Read Cover To Cover, It S Almost As Compulsively Readable As It Is Compulsively Detailed Joshi Is Sympathetic Toward His Subject But Doesn T Pull Any Punches He Includes Lovecraft S Less Flattering Qualities, Such As His Contemptible Racism And His Shabby Treatment Of His Wife Best Of All, Perhaps, For Fans Of Lovecraft S Fiction, Are The Accounts Of How The Stories Came To Be Written, Concise Plot Summaries, And Well Chosen Historical Critical Remarks I was lucky enough to have a kind friend who sold me his signed hardcover copy of this book I have read my original softcover edition three or four times, and then when the book was re issued I read it another two times I am constantly returning to it, as I study Lovecraft s Life and Fiction in an effort to write weird fiction that is authentically Lovecraftian and for me that authenticity comes when a story is rooted in Lovecraft s works, rather than merely being inspired by one particular I was lucky enough to have a kind friend who sold me his signe
I can t imagine any bio of Lovecraft ever superceding this hefty tome Exhaustive doesn t even begin to describe the details included, but as old H P was such a strange and fascinating creature no detail is too much The book even comes with an appropriately tacky portrait of the man on the cover Just take a look at it, it s such a bad painting, but it does take one back to the gauche old covers of Weird Tales
An exhaustive yet somehow not at all exhausting I would say instead exhilarating account of the life, fiction, and philosophy of the gentleman from Providence Now I m really looking forward to going back and rereading some of his stories with new insight I always find S.T Joshi an entertaining critic to read, even when I wholly disagree with him There are lots of surprises in this book one for me was the discovery of how far and how often Lovecraft traveled to visit his huge circle of fr An exhaustive yet somehow not at all exhausting I would say instead exhilarating account of the life, fiction, and philosophy of the gentleman from P
Pretty much one of the best literary biographies ever written A wonderfully warm and sympathetic portrait of a fascinating man Easily one of my favourite books I ve read it three times so far, and no doubt I will read it again. The biography of Lovecraft by S.T Joshi is not a book for the meek or semi committed It is a hefty tome whose density of text is truly astounding don t be fooled by it s length of 700 pages, it feels much much longer It is not often that I find a book that is both incredibly interesting and a challenge to work through There is just so much information compiled by Joshi on Lovecraft s life, combined with astute analysis of his works, philosophy and even a brief examination of the field of a The biography of Lovecraft by S.T Joshi is not a book for the meek or semi committed It is a hefty tome whose density of text is truly astounding don t be fooled by it s length of 700 pages, it feels much much longer It is not often that I find a book that is both incredibly interesting and a challenge to work through There is just so much information compiled by Joshi on Lovecraft s life, combined with astute analysis of his works, philosophy and even a brief examination of the field of analysis of his work and events in publication following his death evens that led to his being misrepresented and misunderstood forthan thirty years.It is not a happy read Lovecraft s philosophy is sobering and his lifestyle is, quite frankly, heart breaking From his disast
The bible for HPL s life A heavily detailed depiction of the creator of the cosmic horror tale. I could not decided whether to give this book three or four stars The author obviously wanted to write a book of literary criticism about Lovecraft and included it in this rich and dense biography I would have given the book four stars had I followed the author s advice in the preface and skipped the interminable scrying of the stories So follow the author s advice and skip these unless you are a true diehard Lovecraft fan The b
I really enjoyed this book, it informed me of things in H.P Lovecraft s life that I didn t even know I learned that one of his stories was based on a town he lived in when he and his wife had to move to a town called Red Hook This Story is mainly about the life of Howard Phillip Lovecraft and his slow downward spiral from sanity It shows his influences as well as how his nightmares have caused many problems in his life.I rated it 5 stars because I really enjoyed learning about Lovecraft and I really enjoyed this book, it informed me of things in H.P Lovecraft s life that I didn t even know I learned that one of his stories was based on a town he lived in when he and his wife had to move to a town called Red Hook This Story is mainly about the life of Howard Phillip Lovecraft and his slow downward spiral from sanity It shows his influences as well as how his nightmares have caused many problems in his life.I rated it 5 stars because I really enjoyed learning about Lovecraft and h
I am very impressed with this biography of Lovecraft, which is by far the best I have read so far It is very detailed, and full of eyewitness accounts It presents a balanced view of the man, being neither too positive or too negative This is a warts and all portrayal of the Old Gentleman of Providence, which attempts to redress some of the errors made by previous biographers.It also contains an analysis of Lovecraft s major stories, as well as insight into his political and philosophical beli I am very impressed with this biography of Lovecraft, which is by far the best I have read so far It is very detailed, and full of eyewitness accounts It prese

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  • Paperback
  • 708 pages
  • H.P. Lovecraft
  • S.T. Joshi
  • English
  • 07 December 2018
  • 0940884887