The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories (Paperback)

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    H. P. Lovecraft was born in 1890 in Providence, Rhode Island, where he lived most of his life. Frequent illnesses in his youth disrupted his schooling, but Lovecraft gained a wide knowledge of many subjects through independent reading and study. He wrote many essays and poems early in his career, but gradually focused on the writing of horror stories, after the advent in 1923 of the pulp magazine Weird Tales, to which he contributed most of his fiction. His relatively small corpus of fiction—three short novels and about sixty short stories—has nevertheless exercised a wide influence on subsequent work in the field, and he is regarded as the leading twentieth-century American author of supernatural fiction. H. P. Lovecraft died in Providence in 1937.

    S. T. Joshi is a freelance writer and editor. He has edited Penguin Classics editions of H. P. Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories (1999), and The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories (2001), as well as Algernon Blackwood’s Ancient Sorceries and Other Strange Stories (2002). Among his critical and biographical studies are The Weird Tale(1990), Lord Dunsany: Master of the Anglo-Irish Imagination (1995), H. P. Lovecraft: A Life(1996), and The Modern Weird Tale (2001). He has also edited works by Ambrose Bierce, Arthur Machen, and H. L. Mencken, and is compiling a three-volume Encyclopedia of Supernatural Literature. He lives with his wife in Seattle, Washington.
    A definitive collection of stories from the unrivaled master of twentieth-century horror

    "I think it is beyond doubt that H. P. Lovecraft has yet to be surpassed as the twentieth century's greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale." -Stephen King

    Frequently imitated and widely influential, Howard Philips Lovecraft reinvented the horror genre in the 1920s, discarding ghosts and witches and instead envisioning mankind as a tiny outpost of dwindling sanity in a chaotic and malevolent universe. S. T. Joshi, Lovecraft's preeminent interpreter, presents a selection of the master's fiction, from the early tales of nightmares and madness such as "The Outsider" to the overpowering cosmic terror of "The Call of Cthulhu." More than just a collection of terrifying tales, this volume reveals the development of Lovecraft's mesmerizing narrative style and establishes him as a canonical- and visionary-American writer.

    For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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    ISBN 9780141182346
    Genre FICTION / Horror
    Format Paperback
    Pages 420
    Publisher Date 1999-10-01 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Penguin Classics
    Copyright Year 1999
    Height 7.75 in
    Wdth 5.25 in
    Thickness 0.75 in
    Unit weight 0.65 lb
    Language English
    Series Name Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics
    Audience College/higher education
    Authors Lovecraft, H. P.
    Dimensions 8.0x6.0x1.0

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      This is an ok book. It has a good cover on it. It has the pages too that you can turn and read. There are words on the front and other places that you can read. Its pretty booklike. Its good.

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      Lovecraft's fiction is available in a number of editions. For many years, the hardcovers from Arkham House have been the definitive versions of the texts, having been cleaned up and corrected by Lovecraft scholar S.T. Joshi. But these three new editions from Penguin Books (this one, The Dreams in the Witch House, and The Thing on the Doorstep) use the same versions of the texts as the Arkham House editions, only in a more-affordable paperback format. The very best thing, though, is that all the stories in these three books include copious notes by Joshi explaining Lovecraft's obscure references, the background of his life, and connections between various stories. These end notes are not available in any other editions of Lovecraft -- not even the Arkham House hardcovers -- and they make reading the stories very enjoyable, even if you've read them before. Get all three Penguin editions and you'll have a complete collection of Lovecraft's major works (omitting only a few of his more obscure stories).

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