Lovecraft: An American Allegory (Selected Essays on H. P. Lovecraft) (Paperback)

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For nearly forty years, Donald R. Burleson has been a leading authority on H. P. Lovecraft. Beginning in the late 1970s, he has written article after article that have cumulatively reshaped our understanding of the dreamer from Providence. Among his earlier papers can be found searching analyses of the influence of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ambrose Bierce, and others on Lovecraft; studies of the topographical sources for such major stories as "The Dunwich Horror" and "The Whisperer in Darkness"; and pioneering studies of mythic elements in "The Dunwich Horror" and "The Colour out of Space."

Later essays by Burleson venture into more challenging territory, as his bold adoption of poststructuralist literary methodologies have led to new ways of looking at Lovecraft's work. Examing the Providence writer through the lens of deconstruction, Burleson provides innovative interpretations of Lovecraft's prose style, his use of gender, and his relations to such writers as Herman Melville and Friedrich Nietzsche. As a practicing mathematician, Burleson has also studied Lovecraft's use of cryptography and higher mathematics.

Burleson is one of the most sensitive students of Lovecraft's oft-neglected poetry, writing penetrating analyses of such poems as "Nemesis," "The Ancient Track," and his touching poem on the death of a cat, "Little Sam Perkins." In all, this collection is a concentrated distillation of the decades of work by a pioneering scholar.

Donald R. Burleson is the author of H. P. Lovecraft: A Critical Study (1983), Lovecraft: Disturbing the Universe (1990), and other works. He has also written novels and story collections, and is the publisher of Black Mesa Press. With his wife, the writer Mollie L. Burleson, he lives in Roswell, New Mexico.
Product Details ISBN: 9781614981381
ISBN-10: 1614981388
Publisher: Hippocampus Press
Publication Date: August 1st, 2015
Pages: 260
Language: English