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on 24 September 2001
"A Dreamer and A Visionary: H.P. Lovecraft in His Time" is one of the latest offerings from top Lovecraft scholar, S.T. Joshi. This is not an entirely new book, but a heavily edited and condensed version of his monumental 1996 biography "H.P. Lovecraft: A Life" published by Necronomicon Press.
For those persons who a) are new to Lovecraft and want to know more or b) are unable to obtain a copy of the sadly out of print "H.P. Lovecraft: A Life", "A Dreamer and A Visionary" is well worth the price. Even those who own "H.P. Lovecraft: A Life" will find this to be a nice companion volume.
Unlike many previous Lovecraft biographies, Joshi's works present a fair look at Lovecraft, warts and all, neither judging or lionizing him. "A Dreamer and A Visionary", like "Lord of A Visible World" and the annotated editions, is a most welcome addition to any Lovecraft library.
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on 2 February 2015
A well researched and fair account of the life of the grandfather of cosmic horror. Although a concise and scholarly piece of work Joshi injects enough amusing and illuminating insights to keep the Lovecraft fan engaged. If it wasn't for occasionaly irritating critical analysis of many of Locecraft's tales (often nitpicking and writen as if a popular consensus on the tale's merit existed) I'd happily give this 5 stars.
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