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A Dreamer and a VisionaryH P Lovecraft in His Time$
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S. T. Joshi

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780853239468

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846312991

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Barbarian and Alien (1908–14)

Barbarian and Alien (1908–14)

(p.62) Chapter Five Barbarian and Alien (1908–14)
A Dreamer and a Visionary
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This chapter examines Lovecraft's life and work between 1980 and 1914. Lovecraft appeared to have suffered a fully fledged nervous breakdown in the summer of 1908 which – whether purely mental or nervous or a combination of mental and physical factors – was, clearly, something related to his schoolwork. As a result of this, he virtually withdrew from the world, so that the period 1908–13 is a virtual blank in his life. It is the only time in Lovecraft's life where there is no significant amount of information on what he was doing from day to day, who his friends and associates were, and what he was writing. It is also the only time when the term ‘eccentric recluse’ can rightly be applied to him.

Keywords:   nervous breakdown, schoolwork, eccentric recluse

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