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Lord of a Visible World: An Autobiography in Letters

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H.P. Lovecraft (1890-1937) has achieved renown as the leading author of supernatural fiction in the twentieth century. His novels have been translated into a dozen languages, and his work has inspired many contemporary authors in the fields of horror and science fiction, including Stephen King, Peter Straub, Ramsey Campbell, and Philip K. Dick. In Lord of a Visible World, ...more
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Published August 31st 2000 by Ohio University Press
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Jim
Although not a lavish production like Willis Conover's LOVECRAFT AT LAST, this is another essential work in understanding Lovecraft as a person; but it is also essential in capturing him as a writer and a thinker. Joshi's monumental biography will probably never be surpassed, but this book is more approachable, and entertaining.
Gerald Jerome
A very interesting look into his personal life, compiled in a chronological form to give the reader an overall view and timeline of the man's existence. There's so many letters from Lovecraft that I've forgotten a great many, but some have really stuck with me. His travels and details of architecture were a little less interesting to me, but I know that scenery and atmosphere was something he held a deep bond with. What's intriguing is to see how a seemingly rigid and distant man formed tight bo ...more
Mark Singer
Dec 23, 2010 Mark Singer rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: H P Lovecraft fans
Recommended to Mark by: no one
Although the exact number will probably never be known, it has been estimated that weird fantasy author H P Lovecraft (1890-1937) may have written at lest 75,000 letters and postcards during his lifetime. Editors S T Joshi and David Schultz arranged a number of these into the story of his life, and it is a fascinating read. In brief, HPL was widely-read and could discuss many subjects, travelled up and down the East Coast investigating antiquarian sites, and held some reprehensible beliefs. It's ...more
Andrew
Finally, after 7 YEARS+ I have completed reading this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love Lovecraft's fiction, but the thousands of letters he wrote (portions of same which were compiled into this "autobiography") were very dry and slow. But that is early 20th century writing for you. And, to be fair, it would have flowed a little better if I didn't average less than 50 pages per year. But I will stick with his fiction and won't be running anytime soon to Lovecraft's archived letters for reading.
Jeremy
I have to admit I did not read this start to finish, but skipped around and read portions that interested me. That's because it's a collection of letters and not really a narrative. But I really loved going through the them and will probably continue to pick it up from time to time, even if it means rereading some sections.
Colin
An excellent biography of one of my favorite authors of all time, created by careful sampling of his voluminous correspondence. Required reading for Lovecraft fans, in my humble opinion.
John Leonard
Someone needs to turn this into a movie if they haven't done so already. It would probably be an art-house flick, but whatever.
Mario Zecca
I felt that an impression of Lovecraft through his correspondence was all I needed and did not finish reading the book.
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Howard Phillips Lovecraft, of Providence, Rhode Island, was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction.

Lovecraft's major inspiration and invention was cosmic horror: life is incomprehensible to human minds and the universe is fundamentally alien. Those who genuinely reason, like his protagonists, gamble with sanity. Lovecraft has developed a cult following for his Cthulhu Mythos, a
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