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H.P. Lovecraft: A Life By S.T. Joshi Jason C. Eckhardt H P Lovecraft A Life 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 biography which was lively but sketchy givin
  • Title: H.P. Lovecraft: A Life
  • Author: S.T. Joshi Jason C. Eckhardt
  • ISBN: 9780940884885
  • Page: 246
  • Format: Paperback
  • H.P. Lovecraft: A Life By S.T. Joshi Jason C. Eckhardt 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 toThe 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
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    1. S.T. Joshi Jason C. Eckhardt

      Sunand Tryambak Joshi b 22 June 1958 in Pune, India is an Indian American literary scholar, and a leading figure in the study of Howard Phillips Lovecraft and other authors Besides what some critics consider to be the definitive biography of Lovecraft H P Lovecraft A Life, 1996 , Joshi has written about Ambrose Bierce, H L Mencken, Lord Dunsany, and M.R James, and has edited collections of their works.His literary criticism is notable for its emphases upon readability and the dominant worldviews of the authors in question his The Weird Tale looks at six acknowledged masters of horror and fantasy namely Arthur Machen, Algernon Blackwood, Dunsany, M R James, Bierce and Lovecraft , and discusses their respective worldviews in depth and with authority A follow up volume, The Modern Weird Tale, examines the work of modern writers, including Shirley Jackson, Ramsey Campbell, Stephen King, Robert Aickman, Thomas Ligotti, T E D Klein and others, from a similar philosophically oriented viewpoint The Evolution of the Weird Tale 2004 includes essays on Dennis Etchison, L P Hartley, Les Daniels, E F Benson, Rudyard Kipling, David J Schow, Robert Bloch, L P Davies, Edward Lucas White, Rod Serling, Poppy Z Brite and others.Joshi is the editor of the small press literary journals Lovecraft Studies and Studies in Weird Fiction, published by Necronomicon Press He is also the editor of Lovecraft Annual and co editor of Dead Reckonings, both small press journals published by Hippocampus Press.At the time of writing, Joshi is working towards the publication of the collected poetry of Clark Ashton Smith and George Sterling, and Lovecraft s Collected Essays.In addition to literary criticism, Joshi has also edited books on atheism and social relations, including Documents of American Prejudice 1999 , an annotated collection of American racist writings In Her Place 2006 , which collects written examples of prejudice against women and Atheism A Reader 2000 , which collects atheistic writings by such people as Antony Flew, George Eliot, Bertrand Russell, Emma Goldman, Gore Vidal and Carl Sagan, among others An Agnostic Reader, collecting pieces by such writers as Isaac Asimov, John William Draper, Albert Einstein, Frederic Harrison, Thomas Henry Huxley, Robert Ingersoll, Corliss Lamont, Arthur Schopenhauer and Edward Westermarck, was published in 2007.Joshi is also the author of God s Defenders What They Believe and Why They Are Wrong 2003 , an anti religious polemic against various writers including C S Lewis, G K Chesterton, T S Eliot, William F Buckley, Jr William James, Stephen L Carter, Annie Dillard, Reynolds Price, Elisabeth K bler Ross, Guenter Lewy, Neale Donald Walsch and Jerry Falwell, which is dedicated to theologian and fellow Lovecraft critic Robert M Price.In 2006 he published The Angry Right Why Conservatives Keep Getting It Wrong, which criticised the political writings of such commentators as William F Buckley, Jr Russell Kirk, David and Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Phyllis Schlafly, William Bennett, Gertrude Himmelfarb and Irving and William Kristol, arguing that, despite the efforts of right wing polemicists, the values of the American people have become steadily liberal over time.Joshi, who lives with his wife in Moravia, NY, has stated on his website that his most noteworthy achievements thus far have been his biography of Lovecraft, H P Lovecraft A Life and The Weird Tale.

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    1. 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 face [...]


    2. 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 magazine.One thing I found particularly interesting in this book was the coverage of Lov [...]


    3. 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 friends I [...]


    4. 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.


    5. 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 analysi [...]




    6. 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 biography proper is extaordinarily detailed Lovecraft managed to live [...]


    7. 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 his [...]


    8. 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 beliefs [...]


    9. A very interesting book, with a nice progressive feel to it, like biographies are supposed to provide It is not the most unbiased of biographies, as at times Joshi s views and opinions are made clear, specially when at trying to excuse or explain certain not so flattering of Lovecraft s behaviors and ideas.A must read for Lovecraft fans.


    10. Exhaustive, but exhausting On the plus side, it does contain everything you could ever want to know about Lovecraft On the other hand, I don t need to know what Lovecraft had for lunch Does include insightful analysis of the influence of HPL s life on his work, but Joshi is a bit too much of an apologist for HPL s unsavory qualities.


    11. This is a great bookbut s an abridged version of I am Providence so I can only give it 4 stars Spend the exra cash for Joshi s full text if you can find one of the limited editions of Providence , it s worth it


    12. 5 stars for thoroughness and attention to detail, 5 stars for sympathetic but objective pictures of the subject, 2 stars for writing ability, 2 stars for soapboxing in promotion of atheism Best part is the list of weird fiction works by other authors I now have to go find


    13. A magnificently well researched, interesting and at times deeply moving account of the life of one of the most significant practitioners and theoreticians of the weird tale during the 20th century.


    14. Used to be the biography on lovecraft since replaced by ST s new book I am providence much better title I ve yet to read it



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