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Lovecraft's Book Hardcover – 31 December 1985
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- Publisher : Arkham House Publishers Inc (31 December 1985)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 260 pages
- ISBN-10 : 087054151X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0870541513
- Dimensions : 14.61 x 2.54 x 21.59 cm
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There are some very strong passages. Just take Lupoff's excellent analysis of what was wrong with the Nazi ideology based on Hitler's own background
(ca. @ 53%): ‘You’ve put your finger on it exactly, now! You see – the Jews were not the guests in Vienna! Hitler was! He was from where – Braunau, Linz. He was the bumpkin visiting the metropolis, unable to cope with the variety of types and the diversity of styles which he encountered! And rather than recognizing a shortcoming in himself, he laid all the blame on those around him! And rather than correct his own short-comings, he would banish those whose presence made him conscious of his own failings!’
and a quote Lupoff attributes to Lovecraft
(ca. @ 18%): ‘I think it [the aëroplane] is a most admirable vehicle for the cultural ennoblement of the gentry. I only fear its vulgarization into a tool of mass commerce.’
A couple of things worth pointing out:
SF Gateway (= Gollancz) offers 'Lovecraft's Book' and 'Marblehead' as parts of a series or at least as a sequel but they are neither.
I've had a chance to check with the author re. this 'Book 1 and 2' issue. Here's what he wrote in an email this month (abbreviated for length and privacy reasons):
In 1976 I wrote a very long novel about Howard Lovecraft. I had a contract for the book with G. P. Putnam. My editor there returned the manuscript, saying that I would have to cut the length by 50% and tighten up the plot.
It took me several attempts to do this, during which time my editor left the company and another editor was assigned the book. I had finally gone back to my outline and written the whole book over again, at half the length. Only a few pages of the original manuscript survived by this time. The new editor told my agent that the most recent version of the manuscript had totally fulfilled Putnam's demands but they now wanted a book of a very different sort of book. Would I write it once more.
That was the end of my relationship with G. P. Putnam. But some time later the editor at Arkham House, Jim Turner, bought the book and published it under the title LOVECRAFT'S BOOK.
Several decades Ramble House asked to see the original (long) manuscript and published the book as MARBLEHEAD: A NOVEL OF H.P. LOVECRAFT. It's 160,000 words long, double the length of the Arkham House version.
Makes you wonder why an experienced publisher like Gollancz would make such a mistake.
Also - Chapter 16 of the SF Gateway-edition has text missing - how much I don't know; it might be single sentences or whole pages. Two examples:
(...) as I seldom have occasion to visit residences on Lüdecke raised one blond eyebrow toward Viereck. sir?’ Even through the man’s (...)
(...)behind him in the room. you wish. All have the same story. About the S-4.’ He He snapped a gesture toward a far corner of the room. ‘And here is (...)
Despite these annoying errors, a novel well worth reading!