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The definitive "director's cut" of the biography,
This review is from: I Am Providence: The Life and Times of H. P. Lovecraft (2 VOLUMES) (Hardcover)
This is a handsomely presented two-volume hardback set from Hippocampus Press, in a limited edition. It's very nicely produced and typeset in 1150 pages, with a bibliography and comprehensive index. It includes a great deal not found in Joshi's earlier versions of the book, and has been updated in the light of new discoveries and scholarship to 2009/10. I found no difficulty at all reading right through it, since it is clearly written in plain English and it has a straightforward organisation. This is not some obscurantist literary criticism, but straightforward biography based on the life's work of the leading Lovecraft scholar, and the work of the many other Lovecraft scholars and collectors who have toiled in the mines of obscurity for 70 years. If you're interested in Lovecraft, and especially in writing _about_ Lovecraft in any kind of scholarly or intellectual way, then this is an essential buy. There is also the autobiography, Lord Of A Visible World, which could usefully be read along side this work.