The Complicated Life Of H. P Lovecraft

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The Complicated Life of H.P. Lovecraft “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown” - H.P. Lovecraft. According to H.P. Lovecraft humans are easily frightened, especially of the unknown things in life, and especially the unknown things about death. H.P. Lovecraft loved to write weird fiction, his maternal grandfather, Whipple Van Buren Phillips, sparked his interest as a child when he would tell him stories before he went to sleep at night. He stayed home from school often as a child because he had a lot of health problems that complicated his going to school. He loved to lose himself in the fictional world of books because he did not have many friends as a child, due to his social isolation. Lovecraft published his first story in 1923 in a magazine called Weird Tales, it was his first taste of real literary success. American poet, novelist, and essayist H.P. Lovecraft composed numerous works throughout his life using his experiences to write about social isolation, the afterlife, and the fear of the unknown. Howard Phillips Lovecraft’s life was marked by tragedy from a young age. He was born August 20th 1890, in Providence, Rhode Island. He was a sickly child who stayed home from school often, he did attend Hope High School but he had to drop out due to several nervous breakdowns. His father was a traveling salesman until he was institutionalized in Butler Hospital in Providence in 1893 because of
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