A Dreamer and a Visionary

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A Dreamer and a Visionary

H P Lovecraft in His Time

Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies, 26

2001

April 1st, 2001

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H. P. Lovecraft has come to be recognised as the leading author of supernatural fiction in the twentieth century. But how did a man who died in poverty, with no book of his stories published in his lifetime, become such an icon in horror literature? S. T. Joshi, the leading authority on Lovecraft, traces in detail the course of Lovecraft’s life and shows how Lovecraft was engaged in the political, economic, social and intellectual currents of his time.

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Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
Contents5
Preface7
1: Unmixed English Gentry10
2: A Genuine Pagan (1890–97)17
3: Black Woods and Unfathomed Caves (1898-1902)34
4: What of Unknown Africa? (1902-1908)49
5: Barbarian and Alien (1908–14)71
6: A Renewed Will to Live (1914–17)86
7: Feverish and Incessant Scribbling (1917-19)116
8: Cynical Materialist (1919–21)134
9: The High Tide of My Life (1921-22)152
10: For My Own Amusement (1923-24)172
11: Ball and Chain (1924)195
12: Moriturus Te Saluto (1925–26)220
13: Paradise Regain’d (1926)242
14: Cosmic Outsideness (1927–28)260
15: Fanlights and Georgian Steeples (1928-30)279
16: Non-supernatural Cosmic Art (1930-31)302
17: Mental Greed (1931–33)322
18: In My Own Handwriting (1933-35)338
19: Caring about the Civilization (1929-37)355
20: The End of One’s Life (1935–37)373
Epilogue: Thou Art Not Gone398
Notes402
Index420