By H.P. Lovecraft
Edited & Annotated by
Sean Branney & Andrew
with an Introduction by S.T. Joshi
Back Cover Text
Spanning a significant period in the careers of both writers (for her, the
beginning, and for him, its maturity), these previously unknown letters from H.P. Lovecraft to
Zealia Bishop provide a fascinating window on the process of artistic creation, the literary
scene of the 1920s, the way Lovecraft made his living, and the private lives of two very
Starting out as a formal business correspondence between a professional
“revisionist” and his client, the letters grow in revealing personal detail over the
years. Lovecraft condoles [sic
] Bishop on the death and illness of loved ones, shows his
concern for friends who struggle with poverty during the Great Depression, and gives amusing
insight into his partnership with Frank Belknap Long, one of his “adopted
grandchildren” who becomes his collaborator in the revision business. We get detailed
descriptions of Lovecraft’s personal library, his walks through his hometown of
Providence, and even a lovely description of New York City, a town about which he had very mixed
feelings. We get highly specific advice to an aspiring writer, right down to detailed lists of
reference books, and a glimpse of some of Lovecraft’s competition in the field of
freelance literary revision.
Among many other things, Lovecraft reveals his very surprising attitude on book
collecting, his love of bicycle riding, and mentions many of his own most famous creations,
including the origins of Abdul Al Hazred, night-gaunts, and some of his greatest stories. There
are also a number of fascinating—and funny—instances of him giving advice that he
himself does not follow in his own literary work. The collection is a great view of his whole
personality and touches on many of the iconic elements in his life and work.
Lovecraft often included postcard views, helpful booklets, newspaper and magazine
clippings, and other items with his letters. The HPLHS has endeavored to provide as many of
these extras in this collection as possible, so you can see what it would be like to get a
letter from H.P. Lovecraft.
- Introduction by S.T. Joshi
- An Improbable Discovery
- About Zealia Brown Reed Bishop
- Arkham House and the Mysteries of Selected Letters
- The Letters (157 pages)
- Bishop Timeline
- Known Bishop Stories
- Brown Reed Bishop Family Tree
The Spirit of Revision: Lovecraft’s Letters to Zealia Brown Reed Bishop.. By H.P.
Lovecraft, Edited & Annotated by Sean Branney & Andrew Leman, with an Introduction by
S.T. Joshi. Glendale, CA: The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society; 2015; ISBN 978-0-692-49524-7;
paperback, 190 pages.
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