THE ROBERT E. HOWARD GUIDE by Patrice Louinet - the English translation of the award-winning book that introduced a new generation of French fans to the father of sword and sorcery.
The Robert E. Howard Guide was born out of years of scholarship, but took its final form after answering the same questions from fans over and over again. In many ways, Howard remains a “famous unknown writer," the man who single-handedly defined modern fantasy, but whose life and works are still known mostly filtered through adaptations, pastiches and gross approximations. Because of those specificities, he is more often than not known for what and who he *wasn’t*, for sentences he never wrote, or for characters who bear little resemblance – if any – to his original creations. This, in turn, explains how and why this book was conceived. It is sometimes amusing, sometimes sarcastic, but, built on 30 years of Howard scholarship, it is always insightful. A serious work... that tries not to take itself too seriously. Cover by Alexandre Bourgois.
Post by ChrisLAdams on Dec 12, 2017 10:22:18 GMT -5
In checking out the Skelos Press website they have a neat facsimile edition of the rare 1938 Hyborian Age chapbook that is also interesting.
Skelos Press is proud to present a facsimile edition of one of the rarest and most valuable of all Conan and Robert E. Howard publications – the legendary 1938 chapbook The Hyborian Age published by LANY Cooperative. Originally compiled by Forrest J. Ackerman, Donald Wollheim, and several other notable fans of the time, this booklet contains the first full publication of Howard’s world-building essay “The Hyborian Age,” along with the first published map of Conan’s world. It also includes the first appearance of the famous essay “A Probable Outline of Conan’s Career” by P. Schuyler Miller and Dr. John D. Clark, as well as an introductory letter from H. P. Lovecraft. This modern facsimile edition includes a new introductory essay by Howard expert and pulp scholar Jeffrey Shanks discussing the history of this publication and the back-story behind “The Hyborian Age.” skelospress.com/shopskelos/
Post by bobbyderie on Jun 22, 2018 18:19:03 GMT -5
For what the book is - the audience it's aimed at - I think it's great, especially considering the lack of such a guide. Folks looking to get into Howard these days would probably have to rely on wikipedia for a lot of basic info. Some of your criticisms are valid, but it's the kinda stuff where for it to matter you have to be fairly deep into the subject already. I doubt the Wollheim speculation would even make it onto wikipedia.