A Dreamer and a Visionary: H.P. Lovecraft in His Time

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Liverpool University Press, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 422 pages
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H. P. Lovecraft died in poverty, with no book of his stories published in his lifetime, yet he has come to be recognised as perhaps the 20th-century's leading author of supernatural fiction. This book traces his work and life, spent largely in Providence, Rhode Island, and shows how Lovecraft was engaged in the political, economic, social and intellectual currents of his time, and how his thought influenced his writings. Lovecraft's reaction to World War I, the Jazz Age, and the Depression, as well as to literary modernism and scientific advance, affected his thought and work so that by the end of his life he had become a mechanistic materialist and a cosmic regionalist who looked to his New England heritage as a bulwark against the meaningless of a godless cosmos.
  

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Scholarly, exhaustative, erudite, & well researched. This is an academic look at the old man of Providence, and has all the advantages and disadvantages of such an approach. I enjoyed it, but mainly ... Read full review

Contents

A Genuine Pagan 189097
8
Black Woods and Unfathomed Caves
25
What of Unknown Africa? 190208
40
Barbarian and Alien 190814
62
A Renewed Will to Live 191417
77
Feverish and Incessant Scribbling 191719
107
Cynical Materialist 191921
125
The High Tide of My Life 192122
143
Paradise Regaind 1926
233
Cosmic Outsideness 192728
251
Fanlights and Georgian Steeples 192830
270
Nonsupernatural Cosmic Art 193031
293
Mental Greed 193133
313
In My Own Handwriting 193335
329
Caring about the Civilization 192937
346
The End of Ones Life 193537
364

For My Own Amusement 192324
163
Ball and Chain 1924
186
Moriturus Te Saluto 192526
211
Thou Art Not Gone
389
Index
411
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