H. P. Lovecraft: A Life

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H. P. Lovecraft: A Life
Author S. T. Joshi
Country United States
Language English
Genre Biography
Publisher Necronomicon Press
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback) and Paperback
Pages 704 pp

H. P. Lovecraft: A Life is a biography of H. P. Lovecraft (1890-1937) by S. T. Joshi, first published by Necronomicon Press in 1996. The original one-volume edition was reissued in 2004, with a new afterword by Joshi.

A new revised/uncut edition (as I Am Providence: The Life and Times of H.P. Lovecraft) (2 vols) has been issued in 2010 (Hippocampus Press); this restores 150,000 words cut for space reasons from the original edition, and is also thoroughly revised and updated in regard to new information on Lovecraft that has come to light since 1996. It may be considered the last word on Lovecraft biography.

When first published in 1996, H. P. Lovecraft: A Life was regarded as a "meticulously researched" [1] biography of Lovecraft, taking account of all currently known facts about Lovecraft's life and work. It was met with critical praise; it elicited favorable comments from the horror author Ramsey Campbell and literary critic Harold Bloom,[2] and received a long and favorable review in The New York Review of Books from author Joyce Carol Oates, who called it "the definitive biography".[1] It supplants earlier efforts such as L. Sprague de Camp's Lovecraft: a Biography (1975), which was widely criticised for a perceived lack of sympathy toward its subject and for numerous errors and omissions.
According to his website, Joshi regards this book his most notable achievement to date, followed by his The Weird Tale.[3]


H.P. Lovecraft: A Life was awarded the 1997 Bram Stoker Award for Best Non-Fiction from the Horror Writers Association.


  1. ^ a b Joyce Carol Oates (October 31, 1996). "The King of Weird". The New York Review of Books 43 (17). Retrieved 2009-02-15. 
  2. ^ "H.P. Lovecraft: A Life". The H.P. Lovecraft Archive. Retrieved 2009-02-15. 
  3. ^ "S.T. Joshi: An Autobiography". Retrieved 2009-02-15.