H.P. Lovecraft: A Biography -by L Sprague de Camp ( Howard Phillips )


----------hardcover, a Near Fine/Fine copy in a Near Fine/Fine dustjacket, unread, a wee hint of age toning to paper, 510 pages, a very readable biography, nice cover art by Murray Tinkelman, ---"Few writers have had more ironic, paradoxical lives that Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890-1937), the great horror-fantasy writer of Providence, Rhode Island. Never having a book of his stories published in his lifetime, he became a best seller after his death. Dying in poverty and obscurity, convinced of his own utter failure, he has been hailed not only as the equal of Poe but even as once of the greatest writers of all time. A self-proclaimed misanthrope, he collected a circle of devoted friends, who remember him as one of the kindest, most delightful and most lovable persons they had known. The son of parents both of whom died insane, Lovecraft became a powerful philosophical thinker. A scientific materialist, he embraced pseudo-scientific racial theories, only to abandon them in his last years. A poseur who liked to fancy himself as an eighteenth century English gentleman, he condemned poses and affectations in others. A political ultra-conservative, he became a Socialist and New Dealer. A man who prided himself on aristocratic reticence, he poured out his inmost thoughts in at least 100,000 letters, making him one of the greatest letter writers of all time. Here is the tale of his weird upbringing; his bizarre habits, preferences, his tragi-comic literary and marital careers; his key role in the origin of science-fiction fandom; and how he worked his nightmares and neuroses into the stories that became a legend after his death"---, any image directly beside this listing is the actual book and not a generic photo ///NOT SIGNED///

Title: H.P. Lovecraft: A Biography -by L Sprague de Camp ( Howard Phillips )

Author Name: de Camp, L Sprague (aka Abdul Alhazred, Lyon Sprague de Camp, L. S. de Camp, de Camp, L. Sarcophagus de Camp, Lyman R. Lyon, J. Wellington Wells ) ( H.P. Lovecraft related)

Illustrator: Photo Cover

Categories: H P Lovecraft / Robert Howard / Clark Ashton Smith,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New York, NY, N.Y. / New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996, 1st B&N Edition, First Printing: 1996

ISBN Number: 1566199948

ISBN Number 13: 9781566199940

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine (see description)

Jacket Condition: Near Fine (see description)

Inscription: Not Signed

Seller ID: 156499

Keywords: Lovecraft