- Hardcover: 1009 pages
- Publisher: Hippocampus Press; Limited Edition edition (September 18, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0981488803
- ISBN-13: 978-0981488806
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,184,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Means to Freedom: The Letters of H. P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard (TWO VOLUME SET) Limited Edition Edition
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It's exhilarating to read what each of them thought of the others' work as their praises and criticisms are constantly brilliant and engrossing. While they lavish praise on each other frequently they never do so without explaining in detail what moved them so much. Also neither man is afraid to criticize the others' work yet their constructive comments are always respectful. I have never read such deeply passionate exchanges between two writers.
Highlights abound in each letter with astounding revelations and classic quotes from each author that make these books unique treasures for those nuggets of wisdom alone!
Of particular note are the many historical battle descriptions/theories by REH as well as the eerie ghost stories that he describes to Lovecraft (told to him by former slaves and elderly cowboys) including the chilling story that inspired his classic terror tale 'Pigeons From Hell'. Lovecraft's highlights include detailed explanations of his mythos as well as the historical and literary inspirations for some of his stories. Lovecraft was quite the traveller and it's fascinating to read his descriptions of the many cities he visited along with various passages commenting on the eeriest elements of each town's history. Both authors were highly educated in world history and ancient European cultures in particular and their mutual knowledge of esoteric subjects is a source of constant amazement to each of them. Their opinions on historic battles, European leaders, archaic rituals and the origins of civilizations is utterly engrossing and gives deep insight into each author's reasoning and imagination.
They also comment on controversial topics such as racial and religious matters with frankness.
I cannot recommend these books highly enough. It is a damn shame that the print run was so limited on the hardcover version HOWEVER there is a paperback version so GET THEM WHILE YOU CAN! Many people NEED to read these letters. They are as classic as anything written by either author, and with the added dynamic of correspondence between the two, their sophisticated, confident, and mutually civil discourse is worthy of the attention of anyone who appreciates rare inspired correspondence between Grand Masters.