Lovecraft, H. P. (Joshi & Schultz, eds)
Title H. P. Lovecraft: Letters To Rheinhart Kleiner.
Binding Trade paperback original.
Book Condition Fine (as new) copy but for a little clear tape at each corner tip.
Edition First edition (& 1st printing).
Publisher Hippocampus Press: NY. 2005.
0974878952 / 9780974878959
Seller ID 16476
298 pages. Rheinhart Kleiner (1892-1949) was one of H. P. Lovecraft’s earliest correspondents. The recipient of the first issue of Lovecraft’s amateur paper, the Conservative, in 1915, Kleiner challenged Lovecraft to reconsider his dogmatic views on race, literature, and society. This volume prints, for the first time, the complete surviving letters of Lovecraft to Kleiner, showing how Lovecraft gradually transformed himself from an eighteenth-century fossil to a participant in the society and culture of his time. The letters address such wide-ranging subjects as erotic love, racial prejudice, the art of poetry, Lovecraft’s boyhood and upbringing, and much else. Richly philosophical, these letters display the fundamentals of Lovecraft’s distinctive cosmic vision. In an extensive appendix are found all of Lovecraft’s and Kleiner’s poems addressed to each other, along with Kleiner’s several provocative essays on Lovecraft. Meticulously edited and annotated by David E. Schultz and S. T. Joshi.