The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft

The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft

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"With an increasing distance from the twentieth century...the New England poet, author, essayist, and stunningly profuse epistolary Howard Phillips Lovecraft is beginning to emerge as one of that tumultuous period's most critically fascinating and yet enigmatic figures," writes Alan Moore in his introduction to The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft. Despite this nearly unprecedented posthumous trajectory, at the time of his death at the age of forty-six, Lovecraft's work had appeared only in dime-store magazines, ignored by the public and maligned by critics. Now well over a century after his birth, Lovecraft is increasingly being recognized as the foundation for American horror and science fiction, the source of "incalculable influence on succeeding generations of writers of horror fiction" (Joyce Carol Oates).

In this volume, Leslie S. Klinger reanimates Lovecraft with clarity and historical insight, charting the rise of the erstwhile pulp writer, whose rediscovery and reclamation into the literary canon can be compared only to that of Poe or Melville. Weaving together a broad base of existing scholarship with his own original insights, Klinger appends Lovecraft's uncanny oeuvre and Kafkaesque life story in a way that provides context and unlocks many of the secrets of his often cryptic body of work.

Over the course of his career, Lovecraft--"the Copernicus of the horror story" (Fritz Leiber)--made a marked departure from the gothic style of his predecessors that focused mostly on ghosts, ghouls, and witches, instead crafting a vast mythos in which humanity is but a blissfully unaware speck in a cosmos shared by vast and ancient alien beings. One of the progenitors of "weird fiction," Lovecraft wrote stories suggesting that we share not just our reality but our planet, and even a common ancestry, with unspeakable, godlike creatures just one accidental revelation away from emerging from their epoch of hibernation and extinguishing both our individual sanity and entire civilization.

Following his best-selling The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, Leslie S. Klinger collects here twenty-two of Lovecraft's best, most chilling "Arkham" tales, including "The Call of Cthulhu," At the Mountains of Madness, "The Whisperer in Darkness," "The Shadow Over Innsmouth," "The Colour Out of Space," and others. With nearly 300 illustrations, including full-color reproductions of the original artwork and covers from Weird Tales and Astounding Stories, and more than 1,000 annotations, this volume illuminates every dimension of H. P. Lovecraft and stirs the Great Old Ones in their millennia of sleep.

Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton and Company, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780871404534
Branch Call Number: LOVECRAF H
Characteristics: 849 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Klinger, Leslie S - Editor

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TheSandoz
Jun 28, 2017

Good editorial selection of characteristic Lovecraft works. Get this for the footnotes, commentary, and illustrations. A lot of the footnotes have to do with linking particular locations and people with those from Lovecraft's own life. This would be great for someone interested in dabbling in Lovecraft scholarship.

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VonHafenstaaad
May 07, 2017

“The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft is a towering intellectual feast for devotees of Lovecraft and weird fiction. Hugely informative as well as entertaining, this book is both visually beautiful and academically rigorous. It provides more information on the great New England supernaturalist than almost any other book ever published.”

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King_Mob
Nov 16, 2015

A fantastic Omnibus for Lovecraftians.

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JihadiConservative
Jul 21, 2015

Gorgeous writing but didn't give me any scares whatsoever. If you are looking for horror, than look elsewhere.

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Debneo
Jul 18, 2015

Difficult to finish in the allotted time. Comprehensive. The footnotes can get to be a bit much if you're not a scholar (I'm not) and they can break the flow of the story. If you just want the written works perhaps look for them one-by-one. I do appreciate the book;I don't want to sound negative. Just plan on multiple trips to the library :)

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Jul 18, 2015

Debneo thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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