The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft

The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft

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A Slate, and San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2014 From across strange aeons comes the long-awaited annotated edition of a€œthe twentieth centurya€™s greatest practitioner of the classic horror talea€ (Stephen King). qWith an increasing distance from the twentieth centurya€bthe New England poet, author, essayist, and stunningly profuse epistolary Howard Phillips Lovecraft is beginning to emerge as one of that tumultuous perioda€™s most critically fascinating and yet enigmatic figures, q writes Alan Moore in his introduction to The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft. Despite this nearly unprecedented posthumous trajectory, at the time of his death at the age of forty-six, Lovecraft's work had appeared only in dime-store magazines, ignored by the public and maligned by critics. Now well over a century after his birth, Lovecraft is increasingly being recognized as the foundation for American horror and science fiction, the source of qincalculable influence on succeeding generations of writers of horror fictionq (Joyce Carol Oates). In this volume, Leslie S. Klinger reanimates Lovecraft with clarity and historical insight, charting the rise of the erstwhile pulp writer, whose rediscovery and reclamation into the literary canon can be compared only to that of Poe or Melville. Weaving together a broad base of existing scholarship with his own original insights, Klinger appends Lovecraft's uncanny oeuvre and Kafkaesque life story in a way that provides context and unlocks many of the secrets of his often cryptic body of work. Over the course of his career, Lovecrafta€”qthe Copernicus of the horror storyq (Fritz Leiber)a€”made a marked departure from the gothic style of his predecessors that focused mostly on ghosts, ghouls, and witches, instead crafting a vast mythos in which humanity is but a blissfully unaware speck in a cosmos shared by vast and ancient alien beings. One of the progenitors of qweird fiction, q Lovecraft wrote stories suggesting that we share not just our reality but our planet, and even a common ancestry, with unspeakable, godlike creatures just one accidental revelation away from emerging from their epoch of hibernation and extinguishing both our individual sanity and entire civilization. Following his best-selling The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, Leslie S. Klinger collects here twenty-two of Lovecraft's best, most chilling qArkhamq tales, including qThe Call of Cthulhu, q At the Mountains of Madness, qThe Whisperer in Darkness, q qThe Shadow Over Innsmouth, q qThe Colour Out of Space, q and others. With nearly 300 illustrations, including full-color reproductions of the original artwork and covers from Weird Tales and Astounding Stories, and more than 1, 000 annotations, this volume illuminates every dimension of H. P. Lovecraft and stirs the Great Old Ones in their millennia of sleep.H. P. Lovecraft Leslie S. Klinger. Harper aamp; Bros., 1879. 6 vols. Ginzburg, Carlo. Ecstasies: Deciphering the Witchesa#39; Sabbath. ... 2 (1998). http://corbu2.caed.kent. edu/architronic/v8n1/v8n102.pdf. Heschel ... P. R. Johnson, 1901. Joshianbsp;...

Title:The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft
Author: H. P. Lovecraft
Publisher:W. W. Norton & Company - 2014-10-13

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