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Book Title: Lovecraft: A Biography|
The author of the book: L. Sprague de Camp
Edition: New English Library Ltd. (London)
Date of issue: February 5th 1976
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 3.94 MB
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Reader ratings: 7.7
ISBN 13: 9780450028403
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I remember reading this soon after discovering Lovecraft, and it really pissed me off.
It is the most judgemental biography I've ever read.
You might be thinking L. Sprague de Camp went after Lovecraft for his notorious racism, but that isn't what he harps on. No, this author criticizes Lovecraft for writing too many letters, and never learning to type.
That really is my main memory of this book; De Camp bitching about how Lovecraft could have written more fiction and finished novels if he hadn't wasted so much time corresponding and writing by hand. It is ridiculous.
Also, the book is a bit of bore. There is nothing too juicy to write about a borderline shut in who lived with his aunts most of his life and traveled little. The main interest in the book actually came from Lovecraft's letters, which were often about his mythos. Interesting topics like HP's attitudes about sex (for example his short-lived marriage in New York) and his racist viewpoints are glossed over and excused.
At least, that was how I felt when i read this book.
Just stick to reading Lovecraft, and wait for a smarter biography to come out. Everything you need to know is probably on the wikipedia entry anyway:
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Read information about the authorLyon Sprague de Camp, (Pseudonym: Lyman R. Lyon) was an American science fiction and fantasy author and biographer. In a writing career spanning fifty years he wrote over one hundred books, including novels and notable works of nonfiction, such as biographies of other important fantasy authors.He was widely regarded as an imaginative and innovative writer and was an important figure in the heyday of science fiction, from the late 1930's through the late 1940's.
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