Sunday, January 06, 2008

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

This is up for sale - and it's signed by Robert Bloch. (Sorry, no image of the signature.) Horror Mall wants $149.00. Not bad, but I've decoded it's too rich for me, and not a good fit for me to acquire. :( But enjoy the pic !

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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