Fragment ebooka The Fearsome Touch of Death - Robert Ervin Howard
Robert Ervin Howard (January 22, 1906 – June 11, 1936) was a
classic American pulp writer of fantasy, horror, historical
adventure, boxing, western, and detective fiction. Howard wrote
"over three-hundred stories and seven-hundred poems of raw power
and unbridled emotion" and is especially noted for his memorable
depictions of "a sombre universe of swashbuckling adventure and
darkling horror." He is well known for having created — in the
pages of the legendary Depression-era pulp magazine Weird Tales —
the character Conan the Cimmerian, a.k.a. Conan the Barbarian, a
literary icon whose pop-culture imprint can be compared to such
icons as Tarzan of the Apes, Sherlock Holmes, and James Bond.
Between Conan and his other heroes Howard created the genre now
known as sword-and-sorcery in the late 1920s and early 1930s,
spawning a wide swath of imitators and giving him an influence in
the fantasy field rivaled only by J.R.R. Tolkien and Tolkien's
similarly inspired creation of the modern genre of High Fantasy.
There is no evidence that Tolkien was influenced by the earlier
author, however. A full century after his birth, Howard remains a
seminal figure, with his best work endlessly reprinted. He has been
compared to other American masters of the weird, gloomy, and
spectral, such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, and Jack
London. Source: Wikipedia
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