Wednesday 5 February 2014

I Am Providence by S. T. Joshi

I am enjoying Joshi's I Am Providence, which is perhaps the most detailed biography of Lovecraft you could ever hope to come across, but I wish he would resist just now and then from giving his evaluation on every story, travelogue, poem, etc that Lovecraft wrote. And on many stories that other people wrote as well. I like a biography to be factual, not littered with critical comments unless there is some genuine reason for it. I have my own opinion on the merits or otherwise of these stories and I really don't need to have them all compared to how closely they fit in with Joshi's preference for cosmicism. My only gripe so far, mind. Other than this it's a great book and I have learned a lot from it.

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