New York: Hippocampus Press, 2010. First Edition, First Impression. Hardcover. Large crown octavo, original black cloth, silver titles on spines. Two Volumes, both First Printings. 1148 pp (consecutively paginated), Notes, Indexes. The hardcover first printings of these volumes were all done in very small print runs. Spine heads of both volumes just clightly bumped; a fine set in fine dust jackets. Fine in Dust Jackets. Item #312196
¶ In 1996, S. T. Joshi's H. P. Lovecraft: A Life was published to universal acclaim. Joyce Carol Oates called it the "definitive" biography, and it won the British Fantasy Award and the Horror Write Sers Association Award. But that 1996 edition was abridged from the manuscript that Joshi wrote in 1993-95; in all, more than 150,000 words were cut for space reasons.I AM PROVIDENCE is the complete, uncut edition of Joshi's biography. In addition to restoring every word of Joshi's original manuscript, the entire text has been thoroughly revised and updated in light of the new information on Lovecraft that has emerged since 1996. As such, this book can now truly be said to be the definitive biography of H. P. Lovecraft, written by the world's leading authority on Lovecraft. Readers will find countless details about Lovecraft's life and work not included in the earlier edition, along with important updates on new publications by and about Lovecraft in the years since publication of "H.P.L.: A Life" and on Lovecraft's increasing worldwide reputation. This book constitutes S. T. Joshi's final word on Lovecraft the man, the writer, and the thinker.