Birthday Book Haul/Spotlight 2018 # 3 – A Means to Freedom: The Letters of H. P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard Vol. 1

 

 

 

It was my birthday early last month and I received an Amazon gift card. What else am I going to spend it on, BOOKS!

To be more specific Robert E. Howard books to add to my collection.

The third book I added to my collection is:

A Means to Freedom:

The Letters of H. P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard Vol. 1

 

I will be sharing the rest of my Birthday book Haul all week.

Hope everyone enjoys!

Thanks,

James

 

 


 

 

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Both volumes in my collection!

 

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My entire birthday book haul!

 

 


 

 

 

A Means to Freedom:
The Letters of H. P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard Volume One: 1930-1932
Hippocampus Press 
Year : August 2009 (Hardcover)
March 2011 (Trade paperback)

January 2017 (Trade paperback, 2nd edition)
Book No. : ISBN-13: 9780981488806 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780984480296 (Trade paperback)
Edition : 1st
Format : Hardcover with dust jacket
Trade paperback
Pages : 511  (Volume 1 & Volume 2 = 1004 pages)
Cover art : David C. Verba
Illustrations : None 

  A Means to Freedom Volume 1

Other editions: None
Notes
Edited by S. T. Joshi, David E. Schultz, and Rusty Burke
Contents
“Introduction” by The Editors
“A Note on This Edition”
Abbreviations
1930
To H.P. Lovecraft, ca. July 1, 1930,
“I am indeed highly honored to have received . . .”
To H.P. Lovecraft, ca. August 1930,
“Let me first thank you for the opportunity . . .”
To H.P. Lovecraft, ca. September 1930,
“I envy you your sojourn to Quebec.”
To H.P. Lovecraft, ca. September 1930,
“I am very glad that you enjoyed your visit . . .”
To H.P. Lovecraft, ca. October 1930,
“It is with greatest delight that I learn . . .”
Includes 
“Reuben’s Brethren” (poem)
To H.P. Lovecraft, ca. December 1930,
“As always, your letter proved highly . . .”
Includes 
“A Dream”
1931
To H.P. Lovecraft, ca. January 1931,
“As always I found your recent letter . . .”
To H.P. Lovecraft, ca. January 1931,
“This is rather a belated letter thanking you . . .”
To H.P. Lovecraft, ca. February 1931,
“I highly appreciate your intention for me . . .”
To H.P. Lovecraft, ca. February 1931,
“I’m writing this letter only some two hundred . . .”
To H.P. Lovecraft, ca. June 1931,
“I didn’t take much of a trip after all.”
Includes 
“The Grim Land” (poem)
To H.P. Lovecraft, July 14, 1931,
“Just a line to congratulate you on . . .”
To H.P. Lovecraft, ca. August 1931,
“You must indeed have had a delightful journey . . .”
To H.P. Lovecraft, ca. October 1931,
“Thanks for the post-card views.”
To H.P. Lovecraft, ca. October 1931,
“I intended to answer your very interesting letter sooner . . .”
To H.P. Lovecraft, ca. October 1931,
“Many thanks for the opportunity . . .”
To H.P. Lovecraft, December 9, 1931,
“I would have answered your letter long ago . . .”
Includes 
“Arkham” (poem)
1932
To H.P. Lovecraft, ca. January 1932,
“Yes, I enjoyed the postcards very much.”
To H.P. Lovecraft, ca. February 1932,
“This isn’t to flaunt my homely countenance, . . .”
To H.P. Lovecraft, March 2, 1932,
“I’m finally getting around to replying to your letter . . .”
To H.P. Lovecraft, ca. April 1932,
“At last I’ve gotten around to answering your most . . .”
To H.P. Lovecraft, May 24, 1932,
“Glad you liked the Oriental story, . . .”
To H.P. Lovecraft, July 13, 1932,
“It is with the utmost humiliation that I begin this letter.”
To H.P. Lovecraft, August 9, 1932,
“I am very sorry to hear of your recent bereavement.”
To H.P. Lovecraft, September 22, 1932,
“I read, as always, your comments on . . .”
To H.P. Lovecraft, ca. October 1932,
“I hope you decide to collaborate on the proposed . . .”
To H.P. Lovecraft, November 2, 1932,
“I want to begin this letter by an apology.”
To H.P. Lovecraft, ca. November 1932,
“Here’s a clipping that might be of some interest, . . .”
To H.P. Lovecraft, ca. December 1932,
“Having read your latest letter with the greatest interest . . .”

 

Info from Howard Works.

http://howardworks.com/

A great resource!

 

 


 

 

 

A Means to Freedom:

The Letters of H. P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard Vol. 1

H. P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard are two of the titans of weird fiction of their era. Dominating the pages of Weird Tales in the 1920s and 1930s, they have gained worldwide followings for their compelling writings and also for the very different lives they led. The two writers came in touch in 1930, when Howard wrote to Lovecraft via Weird Tales. A rich and vibrant correspondence immediately ensued. Both writers were fascinated with the past, especially the history of Roman and Celtic Britain, and their letters are full of intriguing discussions of contemporary theories on this subject. Gradually, a new discussion came to the fore-a complex dispute over the respective virtues of barbarism and civilisation, the frontier and settled life, and the physical and the mental. Lovecraft, a scion of centuries-old New England, and Howard, a product of recently settled Texas, were diametrically opposed on these and other issues, and each writes compellingly of his beliefs, attitudes, and theories. The result is a dramatic debate-livened by wit, learning, and personal revelation-that is as enthralling as the fiction they were writing at the time. All the letters have been exhaustively annotated by the editors.

 

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  9 comments for “Birthday Book Haul/Spotlight 2018 # 3 – A Means to Freedom: The Letters of H. P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard Vol. 1

  1. August 1, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    I’ve been really tempted by these, but as I have the REH collected letters hardbacks by the REHF press, I figure this two-volume release is largely redundant unless I want to read the HPL material. Which would be interesting, don’t get me wrong, but this set isn’t exactly cheap over this side of the pond. Something like £60. If I hadn’t got those REHF books it would be a no-brainer, but as it is, these are on the list but… maybe one day.

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    • August 1, 2018 at 5:31 pm

      I have been reading a little, the conversation back and forth is quite amazing. I don’t have the REHF books (but want to get them desperately) on day I hope!

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    • August 1, 2018 at 10:31 pm

      The main benefit of A MEANS TO FREEDOM is that it collects all of Lovecraft’s letters to Howard, which aren’t published anywhere else, and you can read their back-and-forth correspondence.

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      • August 1, 2018 at 10:36 pm

        Thanks for the info! Great as always! I have just read a little so far but the Correspondence has been amazing!

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      • Bobby D.
        August 1, 2018 at 10:40 pm

        The only thing of the correspondence not in A MEANS TO FREEDOM are the surviving drafts of letters from Howard to Lovecraft – which make for interesting reading, to see how Howard developed his arguments and the care he put into the letters. The drafts are in the INDEX & ADDENDA to the COLLECTED LETTERS (available on Amazon), but you can read a side-by-side I did comparing the drafts and final versions here: https://web.archive.org/web/20160811175934/https://rehtwogunraconteur.com/drafts-to-h-p-lovecraft-part-1/

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      • August 1, 2018 at 10:54 pm

        Thank You! Another book I need to get. I almost bought it along with these but didn’t know if I need to have the REHF books? Thanks for the link, will definitely check it out.

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      • Robert Derie
        August 1, 2018 at 10:57 pm

        You don’t “need” it. The book has a few letters that weren’t included in the COLLECTED LETTERS, including the Lovecraft drafts, but most of the book is just an index to the CL. If you’re patient, REHF is going to do a new version of the COLLECTED LETTERS soon – it was mentioned at Howard Days 2018.

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      • August 1, 2018 at 11:03 pm

        Awesome! I will have to pick up the book on Amazon. That is great news on the CL new versions, a must have. Thanks again! Always a wealth of knowledge.

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