S. T. Joshi and David E. Schultz, the
leading scholars of Howard Phillips Lovecraft’s life and work, have
assembled all of Lovecraft's letters to his friend, Robert H. Barlow of
DeLand, Florida, in this impressive volume. Though the two corresponded
for only seven years, Lovecraft’s side of the exchange totals nearly 500
pages. The editors have annotated the letters exhaustively, clarifying
hundreds of references to people, places, literary works, and history.
Their long introduction provides the reader with the essential story of
the friendship between Lovecraft and Barlow, and their relationships
with friends and colleagues in the worlds of amateur journalism, fandom,
pulp fiction, and others.
a book! As a young fan first acquiring works by Lovecraft in the 1960s I
never dreamed that any such volume would or could be published. You can
largely step into the shoes of Robert Hayward Barlow, if you wish, when
you read this book. What a privilege!” - Kenneth W. Faig Jr. (The Fossil, January 2008)
This edition, signed by the editors and slipcased, is limited to only 50 copies.
(The trade edition of O Fortunate Floridian is now out of print.)