doctorow at June 24th, 2014 17:01 — #1
sockdoll at June 24th, 2014 21:17 — #2
Lovecraft seemed to have many personal shortcomings but I enjoy his stories anyway.
dcdubs at June 24th, 2014 23:43 — #3
Agreed. I wonder what type of protest Lovecraft would receive on the internet these days if he were alive. More than Orson Scott Card? Separating the art from the artist is certainly more difficult these days when we know so much about everyone. Not sure if that is good or bad...
seraphim at June 25th, 2014 05:13 — #4
It is uniformly bad. No one is without fault, without guilt, without something regrettable in their past or make up. If we are to judge art it cannot solely rest on the predilections and foibles of the artist.
fnordius at June 25th, 2014 09:05 — #5
This reinforces the impressions I have of Messrs. Lovecraft and Howard: Lovecraft using purple prose to express the fears of his well-to-do contemporaries, the fear that all their entitled culture was to be torn away by perverted barbarian foreigners, that the universe could swat us like a fly and not even notice. Howard was more in favour of the scrappy underdogs who took what he wanted from the perfumed aristocrats.
variorum at June 25th, 2014 12:35 — #6
Thanks for this interesting excerpt. REH's letter dates to 5 December 1935. I haven't seen the John Clute book you linked to, but the full Lovecraft/Howard correspondence has been published in an annotated edition as A Means to Freedom, available from Hippocampus Press.
doctorow at June 29th, 2014 17:01 — #7
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