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Selected Letters IV: 1932-1934 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0870540356
ISBN-10: 0870540351
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  • Hardcover: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Arkham House Publishers; 1st edition (June 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870540351
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870540356
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,973,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There still lingers an ignorant myth concerning H. P. Lovecraft, that he was in some ways "stranger than his fiction," that he was a morbid loser who couldn't function in life. The publication of Lovecraft's letters, along with the published testimonials of people who actually knew him, reveal most of these myths as the rot they are. August Derleth and Donald Wandrei began collecting the correspondence of Lovecraft with the intention of publishing HPL's finest letters in one volume. So many letters were sent to them, from a variety of people who knew Lovecraft, that the project became prolonged and expanded from one to five volumes. The first three volumes were published in Derleth's lifetime. This 4th volume was partially edited and introduced by James Turner, who became acting editor for Arkham House after Derleth's death. It is a fascinating volume. Lovecraft discusses everything from doughnuts to religion and philosophy to the weird fiction written by himself and his correspondents. The book is illustrated with photos of Lovecraft and those to whom he wrote (there is a splendid shot of Henry S. Whitehead), The idea that Lovecraft was an anti-social recluse is here proven false: whenever he had the money, he would travel to places all over America and visit friends and correspondents. All in all, these published letters reveal Lovecraft to be, mostly, a regular guy, an ordinary fellow who was blessed with an extraordinary imagination, an imagination that resulted in the creations of some of the finest weird fiction ever penned.
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