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The Lovecraft Letters Volume 2: Letters from New York: The Lovecraft Letters,Volume Two: Letters from New York v. 2 Hardcover – 18 Aug 2005
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"Letters From New York" is the second volume of "Night Shade's Lovecraft Letters" series. This volume collects the letters written by H. P. Lovecraft while in New York - first, while visiting the city in 1922 and 1923, and then, as an unhappy resident, from 1924- 1926. The letters from this turbulent and unsatisfying period of his life provide keen insights into his creative and personal life.
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This volume collects letters written by Lovecraft from New York, mainly to his two aunts back in Providence. While Lovecraft was incapable of writing a completely boring letter, these come very close, because being written to two elderly New England ladies, they tend to eschew everything but diary-like details of day-to-day existence. Lovecraft even refers to the ongoing letter-to-letter narrative explicitly as a diary in installments. As a result, the letters would be of far more interest to Lovecraft biographers than they are to the general, gentle reader.
Lovecraft's Old New England feelings about immigrants,Jews, blacks and anything and anyone else that hasn't got a root in good old New England British stock are also constantly on parade, but it will be fairly clear to the discerning reader that Lovecraft is recreating the letter-equivalent of Old New England table talk for his aunts. Lovecraft himself had been liberated to a great extent from this insular view... considering that his wife was a Russian Jewish immigrant, and one of his best friends was a Jewish poet! However, aunts aside, the swarms of "alien creatures" observable in the poor neighborhoods of New York certainly inspire some notable Lovecraftian rants within the letters, and indeed clearly inspired, directly and indirectly, some of his best horror tales.
The book will mean more to you if you have first read the Lovecraft biography by S. Joshi, one of the editors of these letters. The book is also very attractively printed and bound, and free of misprints.