An H.P. Lovecraft Encyclopedia

Front Cover
S. T. Joshi, David E. Schultz
Greenwood Publishing Group, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 339 pages
2 Reviews

H. P. Lovecraft (1890-1937) is commonly regarded as the leading author of supernatural fiction in the 20th century. He is distinctive among writers in having a tremendous popular following as well as a considerable and increasing academic reputation as a writer of substance and significance. This encyclopedia is an exhaustive guide to many aspects of Lovecraft's life and work, codifying the detailed research on Lovecraft conducted by many scholars over the past three decades. It includes hundreds of alphabetically arranged entries on Lovecraft and presents extensive bibliographical information.

The volume draws upon rare documents, including thousands of unpublished letters, in presenting plot synopses of Lovecraft's major works, descriptions of characters in his tales, capsule biographies of his major colleagues and family members, and entries on little known features in his stories, such as his imaginary book of occult lore, the "Necronomicon." The volume refers to current scholarship on the issues in question and also supplies the literary, topographical, and biographical sources for key elements in Lovecraft's work. As Lovecraft's renown continues to ascend in the 21st century, this encyclopedia will be essential to an understanding of his life and writings.

  

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - wilum - LibraryThing

I sat and listened to the Streisand cd that played in the background--her early recording of classical music with lyrics sung in French and German &c--and tried to recall a reference in "Pickman's ... Read full review

An H. P. Lovecraft encyclopedia

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

Lovecraft scholars Joshi (founder and editor of Lovecraft Studies) and Schultz (editor of H.P. Lovecraft's Commonplace Book) have compiled an accessible yet scholarly general encyclopedia and ... Read full review

Contents

The Encyclopedia
1
General Bibliography
309

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2001)

S. T. Joshi is a widely published literary critic and editor.

DAVID E. SCHULTZ is a technical editor with an environmental engineering firm. He has edited a critical edition of H. P. Lovecraft's Commonplace Book (1987), and with S. T. Joshi has edited various annotated editions of Lovecraft's letters. He and Joshi also compiled Ambrose Bierce: A Bibliography of Primary Sources (Greenwood, 1999).

Bibliographic information