Letters to Alfred Galpin by H. P. Lovecraft

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Alfred Galpin (1901-1983) was among H. P. Lovecraft’s most brilliant and stimulating correspondents: a youthful prodigy, he had already become so knowledgeable in literature and philosophy that by 1921 Lovecraft wrote: "He is intellectually exactly like mesave in degree. In degree he is immensely my superior—-he is what I should like to be but have not brains enough to be." In this volume, Lovecraft's fascinating letters to his friend are collected for the first time, with footnotes and detailed commentary by the editors. Also included are the surviving letters to the Gallomo, a round-robin correspondence cycle including Galpin, Lovecraft, and Maurice W. Moe. In these letters we find fascinating accounts of Lovecraft’s dreams, remarks on the inspirations for his early horror tales, and further details on amateur journalism controversies. Lengthy letters written jointly to Galpin and Frank Belknap Long relate his travels along the eastern seaboard. As an appendix, a substantial amount of Galpin’s own writings—-some never-before published—-are included, shedding further light on the Lovecraft-Galpin relationship.
 

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Roger Luckhurst is Professor of Modern Literature at Birkbeck College, University of London. An expert on science fiction and Gothic literature, he is the author of The Invention of Telepathy, Science Fiction, The Trauma Question, and The Mummy's Curse: The True History of a Dark Fantasy.
 
Published June 1, 2003 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Lovecraft addicts won't want to miss H.P. Lovecraft: Letters to Alfred Galpin, edited by S.T. Joshi and David E. Schultz. This book contains all of HPL's surviving correspondence to one of his most

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Besides extolling the beauties of his native Providence, R.I., and the old cities he visits on his travels, Lovecraft takes obvious pleasure in guiding his protégé's reading and introducing him to other members of his circle, including Arkham House's other future co-founder, August Derleth.

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This book contains all of HPL's surviving correspondence to one of his most brilliant disciples from his amateur press days, as well as a selection of essays and poems by Galpin (1901-1983).

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