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Ised and I Am Epubupdated in light of the new information on Lovecraft that has emerged since Provided by publishe. A thousand page book for a man who lived 47 years That s about 12 page for every month that he lived You would think that this much detail would be mired down in minutia but this level of detail I found to be actually uite captivating Because Lovecraft was a prolific letter writer we are able to know much about his life from the profound to the mundane Joshi has read thousands of Lovecraft s letters and the level of detail he wrote about Lovecraft is able to reveal the complicated man that he wasThis books covers not only his life but also critiues his stories and discusses his Lovecraft s place in weird fiction It is basically a brain dump of a leading Lovecraft scholar who has been studying him for the last thirty or so years

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In S T Joshi's HP Lovecraft a life was published The edition was abridged by than words This new version I am Prov. A walking paradoxThe first half of this authoritative biography of Lovecraft covering the years 1890 to 1924 offers invaluable information on the history of highly atypical Lovecraft family Cross checking a staggering amount of sources Joshi puts the light on the history of dime novels amateur journalism pulp magazines introduces the reader to HPL s circle of friends and penfriends his countless hobbies Roman Egyptian antiuity astronomy poetry railways colonial architecture 18th century in England and New England and allows you to assess their significance in HPL s life and writingSo far I am Providence makes a magnificent job at foreshadowing how meaningful some events were on further stages of HPL s life confronting contrasting points of view and giving appropriate coverage of themes stories along the wayI have actually learned a lot about Howard s work as a reviser ghostwriter and was genuinely nonplussed seeing how HPL ended up writing weird fiction It certainly wasn t to be taken for granted until he was past 30 and even later Also I find it downright mind boggling how the man from Providence is at the same time the genuine offspring of a prim staid conservative socially prejudiced New England family and how he himself wields a devastating aptitude for parodying poking fun at his literary opponents with his fierce parodies and at himself at his uirks with his disarming and delightful self derision Turns out the invalid recluse can be a perambulating socializer Related works A short biographical essay by Houellebec HP Lovecraft Against the World Against Life Collections of works by Lovecraft The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird StoriesThe Complete Fiction of HP Lovecraft Inspirations Selected TalesThe Night Land Living in New York in the first half of the 20th century The Promised LandArcane soundtrack recommendations Cryo Chamber Lovecraft themed albums Phlegethon PhonothekAzathoth Cryo ChamberAntarctica The Great Old Ones

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Idence the life and times of HP Lovecraft restores every word of Joshi's original manuscript The text has been rev. An exhaustedly researched biography of HP Lovecraft ST Joshi crafted probably the definitive bio on the weird fiction writer who is rightly seen as a master of American horror next to Poe This volume part one of two does an amazing job of bringing Lovecraft to vivid life presenting new information as well as dispelling many myths Yes he was reclusive depressed idealizing a gentlemanly 18th century past loathing the mechanistic present and a periwig wearing racist to boot However with the death of his mother who had projected a lovehate relationship with her son and through the many amateur writing groups of the day which he would participate in and also lead a very interesting piece to read about Lovecraft began to mature in thought and manner developing a vast circle of friends fans and correspondents of such loyalty that few people of a outgoing nature could ever matchA recluse He travelled throughout the East Coast FL and uebec staying with and accommodating many a friend and correspondent touring places of antiuarian interest hanging out with groups of fellow writers in a variety of clubs and organizations and even finding time to become briefly married An unfaltering atheist he believed in a universe where man s insignificance was exposed to the unmentionable and uncaring horrors that lurked beyond It s ironic in a way that a man who did not believe in God would end up creating a cosmic mythology of extraterrestrials who found their way to Earth foolishly worshipped by humans as deities Even back in his day as he became a well known writer in amateur publications and circles he would weave such detail between realistic settings and his horrors that fans would write to him asking if his creatures were real or if the Necronomicon a book of evil he created in his tales that could summon these monsters actually existedThat many persons have continued to believe so to this day would surely have made the atheist Lovecraft giggle with incredulous joy Warts and all Joshi does an amazing job of detailing all that is known of Lovecraft through many of the letters written back and forth to his fans and friends Ever a gentleman he would never decline a response to any letter of inuiry or reuest for writing aid and some of these lost letters are still being discovered the HP Lovecraft Historical Society has announced they have come across a collection of 38 letters from Lovecraft to Zealia Bishop a client of Lovecrafts which have never been seen to be released in a book this yearJoshi also adds a nice mini summary to virtually every single work of Lovecraft s and writes the biography with such detail and clarity the reader has to root for Lovecraft feeling his poverty he would list out with pride how he could get by eating only twice a day and surviving a week on just a few cans of beans cold soup and the occasional piece of bread or other sundry item sometimes old and possibly even spoiled and his frustrations at countless story rejections from official publishing houses while taking in his obvious enjoyment in his travels and the accolades he received from so many fellow writers and followers There are also some funny moments involving editorial clients that Lovecraft endured who obviously could not write a wit The ending is sad of course as Lovecraft did not live past 46 and as you near it you start to feel as if you are approaching an already known climax in a fictional story that you wish could have been avoidedIf you are a student or fan of Lovecraft s writing this is a definitive work you cannot miss


10 thoughts on “I Am Providence

  1. says:

    A walking paradoxThe first half of this authoritative biography of Lovecraft covering the years 1890 to 1924 offers invaluable information on the history of highly atypical Lovecraft family Cross checking a staggering amount of sources Joshi puts the light on the history of dime novels amateur journalism pulp magazines introduces the reader to HPL's circle of friends and penfriends his countless hobbies Roman Egyptian an

  2. says:

    A fascinating account with an incredible and staggering amount of detail I do not think I have ever read a biograp

  3. says:

    Good God I must stop reading biographies of writers However much I may love their fiction they have a terrible inclination to lead boring lives I suppose we must forgive them if they didn't spend so much time tucked up inside scribbling then they wouldn't leave us such interesting talesST Joshi deserves 5 stars for this enormous work which is stupendously detailed referenced footnoted and cross checked but I had to kno

  4. says:

    When S T Joshi's H P Lovecraft A Life came out in the late 1990s I was one of the first folks to get a copy and I devoured it freuently marveling at how much Lovecraft's early life paralleled my ownand gratefully

  5. says:

    An exhaustedly researched biography of HP Lovecraft ST Joshi crafted probably the definitive bio on the weird fiction writer who is rightly seen as a master of American horror next to Poe This volume part one of two does an amazing job of bringing Lovecraft to vivid life presenting new information as well as dispelling many myths Ye

  6. says:

    My favorite work of nonfiction and biography is 'Peter the Great His Life and World' by Robert K Massie a biography of almost 900 pages which I read in 2007 Considering how much nonfiction I read being the unuestioned fav

  7. says:

    A thousand page book for a man who lived 47 years That's about 12 page for every month that he lived You would think that this much detail would be mired down in minutia but this level of detail I found to be actually uite captivating Because Lovecraft was a prolific letter writer we are able to know much about his life from the profound to the mundane Joshi has read thousands of Lovecraft's letters and the level of d

  8. says:

    Best Lovecraft biography available

  9. says:

    I spent a long time reading this massive two volume biography of HP Lovecraft but it was time well spent I have been a fan of Lovecraft's work since I was a teenager and the man himself always fascinated me This is I believe the definitive biography It is the closest we can come I think to knowing Lovecraft as a person

  10. says:

    An astoundingly scrupulous piece of biographical work containing myriads of trivia however notably marred by the

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