Midnight Rambles: H. P. Lovecraft in Gotham


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Fordham University Press
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5.9 X 9.1 X 1.0 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

David J. Goodwin is the Assistant Director of the Center on Religion and Culture at Fordham University and was a Frederick Lewis Allen Room scholar at the New York Public Library from 2020 to 2023. He is a past commissioner and chairperson of the Jersey City Historic Preservation Commission and a former Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy board member. His first book, Left Bank of the Hudson: Jersey City and the Artists of 111 1st Street, received the J. Owen Grundy History Award in 2018. He blogs about cities, culture, and history at anothertownonthehudson.com


David Goodwin illuminates a pivotal period in Lovecraft's career, the two eventful years in New York City that began with hope and ended in despair. This accessible book offers new insights into Lovecraft's marriage and other relationships, his ambitions, anxieties, and prejudices. Drawing on extensive research and a sharp critical eye, Goodwin has made a major contribution to our understanding of this troubled and troubling writer.---Scott Peeples, author of The Man of the Crowd: Edgar Allan Poe and the City
Midnight Rambles is a clear and comprehensive discussion of Lovecraft's controversial New York period.---Carl Sederholm, Brigham Young University
Meticulously researched, carefully documented, and clearly written, David J. Goodwin's Midnight Rambles: H. P. Lovecraft in Gotham offers an intimate and even-handed portrait of the fascinating--if problematic--author's time in New York City. Refuting some myths while confirming others, Goodwin's biographical study productively supplements the existing literature and helps us better understand both the man and his work.---Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock, author of Gothic Things: Dark Enchantment and Anthropocene Anxiety
A brief, but amazingly thorough discussion of Lovecraft's biography. . . Very accessible.---W. Scott Poole, author of Dark Carnivals: Modern Horror and the Origins of American Empire
Goodwin doesn't pull punches when discussing Lovecraft's bigotry, noting that much of the writer's distaste for the city stemmed from his 'nativist, anti-Semitic, and racist beliefs, ' which put him at odds with the diversifying metropolis. Goodwin builds his scrupulous account on a thorough reading of Lovecraft's letters and diaries, and the unsparing portrait that emerges, while unflattering, offers keen insight into his character. Lovecraft scholars will want to take a look.---Publishers Weekly