Collected Essays 2: Literary Criticism

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Read HPL's fiction? Worked your way through the letters and poetry? Round out your Lovecraftian reading with HPL's collected essays. 

Lovecraft's writings in the realm of literary criticism are unfailingly acute and cover a surprisingly wide range. Besides his authoritative early essay on "The Literature of Rome" (1918), other works condemn free verse and simple spelling, and devote attention to neglected poets. Discovering weird fiction as his chosen field, he produced such scintillating essays as "Lord Dunsany and His Work" (1922) and "Supernatural Horror in Literature" (1927), along with essays on Frank Belknap Long and Clark Ashton Smith. Late in life Lovecraft codified his grasp of weird literature by writing such trenchant pieces as "Notes on Writing Weird Fiction" (1933) and "Some Notes on Interplanetary Fiction" (1934). One of his last writings, "Suggestions for a Reading Guide" (1936), is a comprehensive discussion of world literature.

H. P. Lovecraft has belatedly received world renown as the twentieth century’s premier author of supernatural fiction; but during his lifetime he wrote far more essays than stories. This edition gathers Lovecraft’s complete nonfictional output for the first time, arranged in broad thematic groupings. S. T. Joshi, the world's leading authority on Lovecraft, exhaustively annotates all texts, also providing critical and bibliographical notes.

Paperback, 248 pages, indexed.

Customer Reviews

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Jeremy L
In interested in what HPL read? Then buy this book!

I bought this book to get a closer look at what Lovecraft read himself. This book is filled with a lot of books and stories he read and what he thought of them. It gives a really cool insight in his thoughts of other authors good, and bad. It does not disappoint.

Monica Wasserman

Although Lovecraft never considered himself a literary critic, there is an array of literary wisdom in this volume. Despite the majority of these essays primarily focusing on poetry, essays like ‘Literary Composition’, ‘Notes on Weird Fiction’, ‘Notes on Writing Weird Fiction’, and ‘Some Notes on Interplanetary Fiction’, possess exceptional guidance and earnest direction for the aspiring writer of prose. ‘Supernatural Horror in Literature’ and ‘Suggestions for a Reading Guide’ are two worthy essays to further one’s library. In short, this volume is very insightful. I highly recommend it.