By S.T. Joshi
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H.P. Lovecraft has come to be recognised as the leading author of supernatural fiction in the
twentieth century. But how did a man who died in poverty, with no book of his stories published
in his lifetime, become such an icon in horror literature? S.T. Joshi, the leading authority on
Lovecraft, has traced in detail the course of Lovecraft’s life, spent largely in
Providence, Rhode Island, and has shown how Lovecraft was engaged in the political, economic,
social, and intellectual currents of his time, and how his developing thought informed his
fiction and other writings. Lovecraft’s reaction to World War I, the Jazz Age, and the
Depression, as well as to literary modernism and scientific advance, markedly affected his
thought and work, so that by the end of his life he had become both a ‘mechanistic
materialist’ and a ‘cosmic regionalist’ who looked to his New England heritage
as a bulwark against the meaningless of a godless cosmos that Lovecraft depicted, with poetic
grandeur, in his work.
S.T. Joshi is a freelance writer and editor living in New York. He is the author of The
Weird Tale (1990), Ramsey Campbell and Modern Horror Fiction (Liverpool University
Press, 2001), and many other volumes.
A Dreamer and a Visionary: H.P. Lovecraft in his Time. By S.T. Joshi. Liverpool, UK:
Liverpool University; 2001; ISBN 0-85323-936-3 (hardcover), 0-85323-946-0 (paperback).
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