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Lovecraft als Literat und Philosoph

1. Leben 2. Werk 3. Philosophie 4. Wirkung

1. Leben


1890 in Providence geboren Stark in Neuengland verwurzelt

Portrt mit ca. 9 Jahren


I Am Providence

2. Werk

I should describe mine own nature as tripartite, my interests consisting of three parallel and dissociated groups (a) Love of the strange and the fantastic. (b) Love of the abstract truth and of scientific logick. (c) Love of the ancient and the permanent. (Brief, 1920)

August Derleth (1909-1971)

berblick ber einige bekannte Stories

Cthulhu: Ein Great Old One

E. A. Poe: Ein literarischer Einfluss

E. A. Poe: Ein literarischer Einfluss

But the point is that Poe and Lovecraft deliberately chose to turn their backs on contemporary styles and subject-matter and created their own individual worlds of fantasy. In this above all else they were similar. (Robert Bloch: Poe and Lovecraft)

Edward Plunkett (Lord Dunsany)

Der hllische Fluch der entsetzlichen Adjektive

Eine von L.s gravierendsten Schwchen ist[, ...] da er seine Geschichten mit Adjektiven wie `schrecklich, `furchtbar , `entsetzlich, `furchteinflend`, `seltsam, `unheimlich, `verboten, `unheilig, [] berst. (Edmund Wilson [1895-1972]: Erzhlungen des Wundersamen und des Lcherlichen)

3. Philosophie

Lovecraft's early studies in the natural sciences, as well as his absorption of the atomism of Democritus, Epicurus, and Lucretius, led to his espousal of mechanistic materialism. (S. T. Joshi)

ber Werte
In a cosmos without absolute values we have to rely on relative values. What gives us relative painlessness & contentment we may arbitrarily call "good", & vice versa. Therefore "good" is a relative & variable quality, depending on ancestry, chronology, geography, nationality, & individual temperament. (Brief)

[HPL] war der Kopernikus der Horrorgeschichte. Er verschob den Brennpunkt bernatrlichen Grauen vom Menschen und seinen Gttern zu den Sternen und den Abgrnden des interstellaren Weltraums.

(Fritz Leiber jr.: Ein literarischer Kopernikus)

Das Verhltnis zur Religion

When Lovecraft sought freedom from the constraining bonds of reality, it was not the fact-repudiating freedom of religious belief but the imaginative freedom of weird fiction. (S. T. Joshi)

The truth is, that the discovery of matter's identity with energy and of its consequent lack of vital intrinsic difference from empty space is an absolute coup de grace to the primitive and irresponsible myth of "spirit". For matter, it appears, really is exactly what "spirit" was always supposed to be. (Brief)

4. Wirkung

Der Mythos in der Populrkultur: South Park

im Computerspiel

im Brettspiel

und im Rollenspiel