H. P. Lovecraft

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H. P. Lovecraft, June 1934

Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890-1937) was an American author. He is best remembered for initiating the "Cthulhu Mythos", a body of fiction later elaborated upon by other writers.[1]

Biography

Born in Providence, Rhode Island on 20 August 1890,[2] Lovecraft began reading such texts as the Arabian Nights and the works of Edgar Allan Poe as a child. He was withdrawn from high school after two and a half years, and went on to live a reclusive life; by his late twenties he was spending most of his time in his bedroom.

Lovecraft married Sonia Greene (1883-1972) in 1924, although the marriage lasted just two years before the two broke up. The couple spent their period together in New York, where H. P. Lovecraft formulated some heavily racist views; his antisemitism may have played a part in the failure of his marriage, as his wife was Jewish.

H. P. Lovecraft worked for a number of pulp magazines such as Weird Tales, where he wrote multiple stories that are now regarded as classics of their kind. He died on March 15, 1937.

Selected works

References

  • Encyclopeda of Science Fiction: Cthulhu Mythos
  • Encyclopedia of Science Fiction: Lovecraft, H P