Saturday, December 29, 2007

H.P. LOVECRAFT: FOUR DECADES OF CRITICISM edited by S.T. Joshi (Signed by Robert Bloch)

Recently surfaced copy signed by Robert Bloch ! $159.00.

Robert Bloch, S.T. Joshi, Fritz Leiber

Ohio State University Press

This anthology, spanning nearly forty years of criticism, embodies the wide range of opinions evoked by the writings of Howard Phillips Lovecraft. Originally published in pulp magazines, which in the early part of this century were the only market for fantasy fiction, H.P. Lovecraft’s works were not recognized by the literary world in his lifetime. After Lovecraft’s death, associates and fans published his work in book form, thus beginning his slow rise from obscurity. Since that time, critical acceptance of Lovecraft’s works has fluctuated greatly, from those who feel that his work is juvenile and undeserving of serious study to those who consider him to be another Poe.

In addition to representing the ambivalent critical responses to Lovecraft’s writings, this volume also examines the literary influences that affected him, his poetry and essays, his work as a regional and local-color writer, and the evolution of his vast pseudo-mythology in both his writings and the writings of others, as well as his reactions to the political and economic development of his time.

Above all, this volume is designed to present Lovecraft to the academic world which has virtually ignored him for forty years, capping his metamorphosis from a forgotten pulp writer to a brilliant fantaisiste with a worldwide following.


Preface by S.T. Joshi

H.P. Lovecraft: His Life and Work Kenneth W. Faig, Jr. and S.T. Joshi

Lovecraft Criticism: A Study S.T. Joshi

A Chronology of Selected Works by H.P. Lovecraft S.T. Joshi

H.P. Lovecraft: An Appreciation T. O. Mabbott

Tales of the Marvellous and the Ridiculous Edmund Wilson

A Literary Copernicus Fritz Leiber, Jr.

From The Supernatural in Fiction Peter Penzoldt

The Cthulhu Mythos: A Study George T. Wetzel

Some Notes on Cthulhuian Pseudobiblia Edward Lauterbach

H.P. Lovecraft: Myth-Maker Dirk W. Mosig

On the Literary Influences Which Shaped Lovecraft’s Works J. Vernon Shea

Through Hyperspace with Brown Jenkin: Lovecraft’s Contribution to Speculative Fiction Fritz Leiber, Jr.

The Influence of Vathek on H.P. Lovecraft’s The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath Peter Cannon

Poe and Lovecraft Robert Bloch

H.P. Lovecraft in Hawthornian Perspective Peter Cannon

Facts in the Case of H.P. Lovecraft Barton L. St. Armand

"The White Ship": A Psychological Odyssey Dirk W. Mosig

Lovecraft and the Cosmic Quality in Fiction Richard L. Tierney

Dystopia as Utopia: Howard Phillips Lovecraft and the Unknown Content of American Horror Literature Paul Buhle

A Parenthesis on Lovecraft as Poet Winfield Townley Scott

A Lovecraftian Nightmare R. Boerem

The Continuity of the Fungi from Yuggoth R. Boerem

To Howard Phillips Lovecraft Clark Ashton Smith

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