By H.P. Lovecraft
Edited by August Derleth and Donald Wandrei
Dust Jacket Text
The assembling and editing of the letters of the late Howard
Phillips Lovecraft has taken August Derleth and Donald Wandrei more than a
quarter of a century. Lovecraft wrote so voluminously to his
correspondents that comprehensiveness in the published letters was neither
desirable nor possible, and the editors found it necessary to edit and
re-edit time and again.
Lovecraft was certainly one of the great epistolarians, one of
the most erudite correspondents, writing in a pattern that added up to
attenuated conversations. He emerges in his letters as a man who has come
to terms with life within his limitations, one devoted to Eighteenth
Century England as much as to his native Providence, Rhode Island, where
he spent a relatively solitary childhood, beset by uncertain health, and
driven by solitude to create worlds of his own, beginning with Greek and
Roman mythology and ending with the macabre Cthulhu Mythos.
A major writer in a minor division of American literature,
Lovecraft had a poor opinion of his work and little market for it; he was
forced to support himself by revision work – a labor of the most menial
kind in literary annals. Among his diversions were imaginative books,
architecture, and an abiding interest in antiquarian New England, an
interest later extended to old cities of the continent, from St. Augustine
This first volume of Lovecraft letters begins in 1911, when
Lovecraft was 21, and ends in 1924, at the time of the dissolution of his
To the Gallomo (Alfred Galpin, Samuel Loveman, and
Maurice W. Moe), 11 December 1919
Selected Letters I (1911-1924). By H.P. Lovecraft, Edited by August Derleth and Donald
Wandrei. Sauk City, WI: Arkham House Publishers, Inc.; 1965; ISBN 0-87054-034-3; Hardcover.
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