This trade paperback attempts to kindle renewed interest in H.P. Lovecraft's work by treating it with the scholarly attention paid by academics to more literary writers. S.T. Joshi makes the case that Lovecraft was more a writer in the tradition of Poe than pulp writers like Robert E. Howard, and he manages to clear away a lot of the brush that has crept over the man. That Lovecraft was an unusual, even eccentric figure is not disputed, but he was very intelligent, read widely in a number of scientific fields, and was serious about his fiction. Joshi makes a compelling case that Lovecraft's work should be separated from the penny-a-word pulp writers that he's lumped with today.
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This attractively packaged collection, edited by preeminent H. P. Lovecraft scholar S. T. Joshi, is a treat for long-time enthusiasts and newcomers alike. Joshi provides newly corrected text and footnotes for three superb stories--"The Rats in the Walls," "The Colour out of Space," and "The Dunwich Horror"--as well as the novella "At the Mountains of Madness,"acknowledged as Lovecraft's masterpiece. He explains the origins of place and character names, tracks influences from Lovecraft's reading, defines unusual words such as "nefandous" and "cyclopean," and clarifies which of the cited occult texts are fictional and which are real.The Annotated H. P. Lovecraftalso includes a biographical introduction, comments from contemporary horror writers, excerpts from letters presenting Lovecraft's own theories about weird fiction, a critical summary of Lovecraft movies, a select bibliography, and numerous black-and-white photographs. Don't make the mistake of thinking thatThe Annotated H. P. Lovecraftis just another Lovecraft collection: Joshi has distilled decades of learning into well-chosen observations that are a delight to read.