[Pdf epub] I Am Providence by S.T. Joshi



10 thoughts on “I Am Providence

  1. says:

    A walking paradoxThe first half of this authoritative biography of Lovecraft covering the years 1890 to 1924 offers invaluable information on the history of highly atypical Lovecraft family Cross checking a staggering amount of sourc

  2. says:

    A fascinating account with an incredible and staggering amount of detail I do not think I have ever read a biography so minutely researched This does mean that I Am Providence is strictly for Lovecraft scholars and admirers but as one myself this is no real criticism because ST Joshi has set the standard so high for other

  3. says:

    Good God I must stop reading biographies of writers However much I may love their fiction they have a terrible inclination to lead boring lives I suppose we must forgive them if they didn't spend so much time tucked up inside scrib

  4. says:

    When S T Joshi's H P Lovecraft A Life came out in the late 1990s I was one of the first folks to get a copy and I devoured it freuently marvel

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    An exhaustedly researched biography of HP Lovecraft ST Joshi crafted probably the definitive bio on the weird fiction writer who is rightly seen as a master of American horror next to Poe This volume part one of two does an amazing

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    My favorite work of nonfiction and biography is 'Peter the Great His Life and World' by Robert K Massie a biography of almost 900 pages which I read in 2007 Considering how much nonfiction I read being the unuestioned favorite is a v

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    A thousand page book for a man who lived 47 years That's about 12 page for every month that he lived You would think that this much detail would

  8. says:

    Best Lovecraft biography available

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    I spent a long time reading this massive two volume biography of HP Lovecraft but it was time well spent I have been a fan of Lovecraft's work since I was a teenager and the man himself always fascinated me This is I believe the definitive biography It is the closest we can come I think to knowing Lovecraft as a person

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    An astoundingly scrupulous piece of biographical work containing myriads of trivia however notably marred by the author's much too categorical 'best''mediocre''poor' evaluation of the various pieces of fiction that make up Lovecraft's collective authorship

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I am Providence the life and times of HP Lovecraft restores every word of Joshi's original manuscript The text has be. My favorite work of nonfiction and biography is Peter the Great His Life and World by Robert K Massie a biography of almost 900 pages which I read in 2007 Considering how much nonfiction I read being the unuestioned favorite is a very very lofty perch This is now my second favorite biography Almost right up there with that oneSo let us begin Anyone interested in not just reading Lovecraft as fiction but also as a writer with something to say has no doubt heard of ST Joshi Not only the greatest and most comprehensive of Lovecraft scholars alive but of them all period Joshi lets Lovecraft tell his own story through many letters as well as letting others who have met him chime in through their impressions of the man Naturally as a literary critic he also ads his own exceptionally erudite commentary to also bring a contemporary perceptive on these matters All of it is handled excellentlyWe are taken on a linear tour of HPL s life with numerous asides about other developments overlapping chapters and thus get to see the development of a remarkable individual ridden with high and low points which alike come together to make the man and many of his influences I need not state the life of the man here Joshi s focus on his thought evolutions in his politics philosophy featuring just as much as literary developments really help to show where the core perspectives that make HPL so uniue really came from His condemnable racism and uestionable early reactionary nature is neither brushed over nor excused but neither is it taken out of proportion to his many virtues as a man Most pertinent of which is just what a good and honorable friend he was to those he both new in person and those he only knew from correspondence Works of charity tips and advice and a lively social circle in which he eventually became the star Coupled with his wide travels for the time and his income and vigorous efforts to go out of his way to relate them to others the man must have been one one of the best people anyone could have had as friends and clearly is a far cry from the obtuse recluse narrative which seems to dominate thinking about himIf I had any uibbles with this work the only one I can think of is very minor and that is the dismissive way Joshi treats Howard Granted I agree that a significant chunk perhaps even almost half of what Robert E Howard wrote was hack work its still fun though but what he really invested in a few independent stories Most of Conan all of Kull etc I think deserves serious literary credit Of course its not a book about Howard so that hardly matters I generally agreed with Joshi on Clark Ashton Smith being a good poet a great fantasist Zothiue among the best but that the Averoign stories are banal and forgettable I also learned about a few authors from that period I need to check out so that is always goodI specifically liked Joshi s mentioning Laird Barron and Thomas Ligotti who recently I have become uite into and agree wholeheartedly that they are amongst the contemporary vanguard of the weird tale I would also include John Langan and Nathan Ballingrud in that list as well I clearly have to check out Pugmire and will be sure to do so soonSo in all a fantastic work of both scholarship and erudition A feat I can be uite sympathetic to having just completed a doctoral thesis myself but also of heart soul and passion This book is a testament to both the man it is about and the man who wrote it Deciding to Be Christian knew from correspondence Works of charity tips and advice and a lively social circle in which he eventually became the star Coupled with his wide travels for the time and his income and vigorous efforts to go out of his way to relate them to others the man must have been one one of the best people anyone could have had as friends and clearly is a far cry from the obtuse recluse narrative which seems to dominate thinking about himIf I had any uibbles with this work the only one I can think of is very minor and that is the dismissive way Joshi treats Howard Granted I agree that a significant chunk perhaps even almost half of what Robert E Howard wrote was hack work its still fun though but what he really invested in a few independent stories Most of Conan all of Kull etc I think deserves serious literary credit Of course its not a book about Howard so that hardly matters I generally agreed with Joshi on Clark Ashton Smith being a good poet a great fantasist Zothiue among the best but that the Averoign stories are banal and forgettable I also learned about a few authors from that period I need to check out so that is always goodI specifically liked Joshi s mentioning Laird Barron and Thomas Ligotti who recently I have become uite into and agree wholeheartedly that they are amongst the contemporary vanguard of the weird tale I would also include John Langan and Nathan Ballingrud in that list as well I clearly have to check out Pugmire and will be sure to do so soonSo in all a fantastic work of both scholarship and erudition A feat I can be uite sympathetic to having just completed a doctoral thesis myself but also of heart soul and passion This book is a testament to both the man it is about and the man who wrote it

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En revised and updated in light of the new information on Lovecraft that has emerged since 1996 Provided by publisher. A thousand page book for a man who lived 47 years That s about 12 page for every month that he lived You would think that this much detail would be mired down in minutia but this level of detail I found to be actually uite captivating Because Lovecraft was a prolific letter writer we are able to know much about his life from the profound to the mundane Joshi has read thousands of Lovecraft s letters and the level of detail he wrote about Lovecraft is able to reveal the complicated man that he wasThis books covers not only his life but also critiues his stories and discusses his Lovecraft s place in weird fiction It is basically a brain dump of a leading Lovecraft scholar who has been studying him for the last thirty or so years Memoirs of Madame de La Tour du Pin know much about his life from the profound to the mundane Joshi has read thousands of Lovecraft s letters and the level of detail he wrote about Lovecraft is able to reveal the complicated man that he wasThis books covers not only his life but also critiues his stories and discusses his Lovecraft s place in weird fiction It is basically a brain dump of a leading Lovecraft scholar who has been studying him for the last thirty or so years

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In 1996 S T Joshi's HP Lovecraft a life was published The edition was abridged by than 150000 words This new version. A walking paradoxThe first half of this authoritative biography of Lovecraft covering the years 1890 to 1924 offers invaluable information on the history of highly atypical Lovecraft family Cross checking a staggering amount of sources Joshi puts the light on the history of dime novels amateur journalism pulp magazines introduces the reader to HPL s circle of friends and penfriends his countless hobbies Roman Egyptian antiuity astronomy poetry railways colonial architecture 18th century in England and New England and allows you to assess their significance in HPL s life and writingSo far I am Providence makes a magnificent job at foreshadowing how meaningful some events were on further stages of HPL s life confronting contrasting points of view and giving appropriate coverage of themes stories along the wayI have actually learned a lot about Howard s work as a reviser ghostwriter and was genuinely nonplussed seeing how HPL ended up writing weird fiction It certainly wasn t to be taken for granted until he was past 30 and even later Also I find it downright mind boggling how the man from Providence is at the same time the genuine offspring of a prim staid conservative socially prejudiced New England family and how he himself wields a devastating aptitude for parodying poking fun at his literary opponents with his fierce parodies and at himself at his uirks with his disarming and delightful self derision Turns out the invalid recluse can be a perambulating socializer Related works A short biographical essay by Houellebec HP Lovecraft Against the World Against Life Collections of works by Lovecraft The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird StoriesThe Complete Fiction of HP Lovecraft Inspirations Selected TalesThe Night Land Living in New York in the first half of the 20th century The Promised LandArcane soundtrack recommendations Cryo Chamber Lovecraft themed albums Phlegethon PhonothekAzathoth Cryo ChamberAntarctica The Great Old Ones