I'm currently reading the exhaustive biography of H. P. Lovecraft titled I AM PROVIDENCE, by S. T. Joshi. I'm up to about where HPL is in his mid-twenties, and right before he starts writing a lot of his classic stories. It really isn't the best written biography and is somewhat dry, and has too many asides and speculations by the author for my liking; yet it is incredibly detailed and thoroughly researched and I cannot fault it on that point. It also has many quotes from HPL's own letters and writings as well as references to interviews by people who knew him and his family, and I consider that another strong positive in its favor.
Last Edit: Aug 20, 2019 13:58:39 GMT -5 by GRWelsh
Don't get me wrong, Allan, I'm not saying it is bad. Actually, I highly recommend for anyone who is at the near-obsessive fan level like I am because of its sheer level of detail on the minutiae of HPL's life. But that could be off-putting to the casual reader. And the writing style isn't as smooth or story-like as some biographers produce.