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Lord of a Visible World: An Autobiography In Letters

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In Lord of a Visible World, the editors have amassed and arranged the letters of this prolific writer into the story of his life. The volume traces Lovecraft's upbringing in Providence, Rhode Island, his involvement with the pulp magazine Weird Tales, his short-lived marriage, and his later status as the preeminent man of letters in his field.

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Hardcover, 404 pages
Published August 31st 2000 by Ohio University Press
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Jul 24, 2008 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 10, 2013 Gerald Jerome rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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H.P. Lovecraft is one of my favorite authors and it was great to get a glimpse into his head, to understand what motivated him and how he saw the world.

Sometimes it was a bit difficult to understand him though because of the words he uses and the length of the sentences.
Mark Singer
Dec 23, 2010 Mark Singer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: H P Lovecraft fans
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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
Apr 11, 2012 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 05, 2012 Jeremy rated it it was amazing
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.
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
Apr 23, 2013 John Leonard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Jan 12, 2013 Mario Zecca rated it really liked it
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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