Monday, March 31, 2014

Lovecraft and a World in Transition by S. T. Joshi : Hippocampus Press, specializes in classic horror and science fiction

Lovecraft and a World in Transition by S. T. Joshi : Hippocampus Press, specializes in classic horror and science fiction
Signed by S. T. Joshi
Limited Hardcover Edition: 500 copies only
645 pages
ISBN 978-1-61498-079-7
June 2014
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For the past thirty-five years, S. T. Joshi has been one of the leading authorities on H. P. Lovecraft.  As Lovecraft's editor and biographer, Joshi has revolutionized our understanding of the dreamer from Providence.  This enormous volume, which contains all of the critical essays that Joshi has written since 1979, is a treasure-house of scholarship that exhibits Joshi's all-encompassing knowledge of Lovecraft the man, writer, and thinker.

Joshi has focused on a holistic understanding of Lovecraft, integrating his thought and life into the study of his work.  Lovecraft, the atheist and materialist, infused his worldview into each tale, essay, and poem.  Joshi has studied the interrelations between Lovecraft's life and work in such papers as "Autobiography in Lovecraft" and "Lovecraft and the Munsey Magazines."  Joshi's analysis of Lovecraft's philosophical thought comes forth in such major essays as "Lovecraft's Alien Civilizations: A Political Interpretation" and "H. P. Lovecraft: The Fiction in Materialism."

 Joshi has also devoted much attention to neglected aspects of Lovecraft's work, and this book contains illuminating discussions of Lovecraft's poetry, essays, and letters.  Joshi's landmark study "Textual Problems in Lovecraft" laid the groundwork for his corrected editions of Lovecraft's tales.  A final section of the book studies Lovecraft's legacy and influence, including a lengthy essay on the Cthulhu Mythos and, as a capstone, a transcript of Joshi's keynote address at the NecronomiCon convention of 2013.

This mammoth volume features nearly four decades of scholarship on one of the towering writers of the twentieth century, written by one of his most insightful interpreters.

Contents:

Introduction

I. Biographical Studies
Lovecraft and Weird Tales
Further Notes on Lovecraft and Music
Lovecraft's Library
Lovecraft's Revisions: How Much of Them Did He Write?
Lovecraft and His Wife
Lovecraft and the Films of His Day
The Rationale of Lovecraft's Pseudonyms
Lovecraft and the Munsey Magazines
Barbarism vs. Civilization: Robert E. Howard and H. P. Lovecraft in Their Correspondence

II. Philosophical Studies
The Political and Economic Thought of H. P. Lovecraft
"Reality" and Knowledge: Some Notes on Lovecraft's Aesthetics
In Defense of Dagon and Lovecraft's Philosophy
Lovecraft's Alien Civilisations: A Political Interpretation
Lovecraft and a World in Transition
Lovecraft and the "Big Issue"
H. P. Lovecraft: The Fiction of Materialism
Lovecraft and Religion
Time, Space, and Natural Law: Science and Pseudo-Science in Lovecraft

III. Thematic and Textual Studies
Autobiography in Lovecraft
Lovecraft's Other Planets
Textual Problems in Lovecraft
The Structure of Lovecraft's Longer Narratives
The Dream World and the Real World in Lovecraft
Topical References in Lovecraft
Humor and Satire in Lovecraft
A Guide to the Lovecraft Fiction Manuscripts at the John Hay Library

IV. Studies of Individual Works
Who Wrote "The Mound"?
On "The Book"
On "Polaris"
On "The Tree on the Hill"
Lovecraft and the Regnum Congo
The Sources for "From Beyond"
On "The Descendant"
What Happens in "Arthur Jermyn"
"The Tree" and Ancient History
Lovecraft and Dunsany's Chronicles of Rodriguez
Some Sources for "The Mound" and At the Mountains of Madness
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
Excised Passages from "The Thing on the Doorstep"

V. On Lovecraft's Essays, Poetry, and Letters
"History of the Necronomicon"
"Supernatural Horror in Literature"
Two Spurious Lovecraft Poems
A Look at Lovecraft's Letters
Lovecraft's Fantastic Poetry
Lovecraft, Regner Lodbrog, and Olaus Wormius
Lovecraft's Essays

VI. On Lovecraft's Literary Influence
The Development of Lovecraft Studies: 1971-1982
R. H. Barlow and the Recognition of H. P. Lovecraft
A Literary Tutelage: Robert Bloch and H. P. Lovecraft
Passing the Torch: H. P. Lovecraft and Fritz Leiber
Lovecraft at Last
The Cthulhu Mythos
The Recognition of H. P. Lovecraft, 1937-2013

Sources
Index

pre-order price: $58.50  (regular price: $65.00)
LOVECRAFT AND A WORLD IN TRANSITION will initially be published in a limited hardcover edition, featuring Smyth-sewn signatures and illustrated dust wrappers, with each copy individually shrink-wrapped.  All Hippocampus Press limited editions are printed on 60# white offset paper, acid free and elemental chlorine free.

2 comments:

  1. This should be really good! I have, of course, read many of these already, but it will be nice to have them gathered in one place.

    Yrs
    Martin

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  2. I asked S. T. if any of the pieces had been revised especially for the book. His reply: "Yes, I did revise a few of the essays, but only in relatively small particulars to update citations and to revise paragraphs in light of new information. The one unpublished piece in the book is the very last item--"The Recognition of H. P. Lovecraft, 1937-2013"--which is nothing less than a transcript of my keynote address for NecronomiCon at the First Baptist Church on Aug. 22, 2013".

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