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Thought for yesterday

HPL was a queer old goat, only too aware that he was doomed never to meet his excating standards, in writing as in life, filled with a rage against the deadly unfairness of it all, and yet concious of the impotence of this rage. Like a self-aware Daily Mail reader really.


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Apr. 23rd, 2010 01:54 pm (UTC)
Thought for yesterday
That must be a contradiction in terms.

Apr. 23rd, 2010 06:45 pm (UTC)
Everyone who says Lovecraft was filled with rage, or driven by rage, or what-have-you, needs to read Lovecraft at Last, by Willis Conover. Read that book, and you read about a man filled with love. And with cancer.
Apr. 23rd, 2010 07:14 pm (UTC)
Was there none at all, even in The Street or Red Hook?

That said, I'll give it a go.

Edited at 2010-04-23 07:15 pm (UTC)
Apr. 23rd, 2010 08:24 pm (UTC)
To paraphrase Solzhenitsyn, the line between rage and love runs through every human heart.

And yes, "Red Hook" is a document of rage. But read not just his own letters (which also unleash some pretty volcanic wrath), but the letters his friends wrote to each other about him at the same time he was writing "Red Hook" and "He" -- they're not writing about some sort of Bruce Banner in denial. Lovecraft was (also) a really good guy; nobody has the depth and number of friendships he did without being worthy of them somehow.

If you want to know which emotion I think powers the majority of Lovecraft's fiction, it's either despair or terror. Both compatible with either rage or love, of course.
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