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The Lovecraft Lexicon, by Anthony B. Pearsall Genre: Non-Fiction Publisher: New Falcon Publications Published: 2004 Review Posted: 5/29/2007 Reviewer Rating:
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The Lovecraft Lexicon, by Anthony B. Pearsall
Book Review by Phillip A. Ellis
Have you read this book?
H. P. Lovecraft is a writer of riches: his fiction
abounds with names, and with references to places,
people and things. Such is this richness that there is
already an encyclopedia devoted to him, his works and
his life. And, now, a similar book is devoted to his
marvellous fiction alone.
What you will not find in The Lovecraft Lexicon
are entries on the stories themselves. That is not
this book's purpose. Its purpose is to list the
people, places, and, in many instances, things that
populate Lovecraft's fiction, and to explain the many
allusions that Lovecraft makes.
As such, then, it does its work admirably. The
Lovecraft Lexicon is rewarding to those who want
to learn more, and its entries amply reward by
presenting more than just bald facts. Read the entry
on Pliny, and you will see what I mean.
In addition, the appendix of caves, caverns, wells and
abysses brings together a common element, a common
motif in Lovecraft's writings. It is added value to an
otherwise comprehensive book, and it boosts its
usefulness even more. The appendix could easily have
been written up as an essay, and have made an
important contribution to Lovecraft studies, but here
it caps an excellent performance.
The Lovecraft Lexicon, though, is not perfect.
It sorely needs an index, especially for such elements
that lack headwords. There are also minimal
cross-references, which lack helps hinder the book's
usefulness further. But, overall, this is a valuable
book, an excellent companion volume to Joshi's "H.
P. Lovecraft Encyclopedia."
The Lovecraft Lexicon belongs in every
Lovecraftian's library: it does its job, and does it
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