Robert E. Howard

1906 - 1936

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Robert Ervin Howard (January 22, 1906 – June 11, 1936) was an American writer who wrote pulp fiction in a diverse range of genres. He created the character Conan the Barbarian and is regarded as the father of the sword and sorcery subgenre. Howard was born and raised in Texas. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Robert E. Howard has received more than 2,856,425 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 44 in 2019). Robert E. Howard is the 726th most popular writer (down from 643rd in 2019), the 810th most popular biography from United States (down from 703rd in 2019) and the 77th most popular American Writer.

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Notable Works

Conan the conqueror
Fiction in English, Conan (Fictitious character), Fiction
Of the 21 Conan, the Barbarian tales that Robert E. Howard (1906-1936) completed in his all-too-brief lifetime, Hour of the Dragon was the only novel-length story. It may also be the very best of the series, crafted when the legendary pulp writer was working at the height of his powers. Conan is a huge swordsman fighting both natural and supernatural foes in a time-lost world known as the Hyborian Age. At this point in his bloody career, Conan is the middle-aged king of the ancient kingdom of Aquilonia. He must fight one final battle to save the known world from a resurrected sorcerer named Xaltotun. Only the fabled Heart of Ahriman can destroy Xaltotun, and Conan must embark on an epic quest to retrieve the Heart. Howard hammered out every word as if he had actually lived through it himself, and in doing so forged a crimson masterpiece of heroic fantasy. (This novel has also been published as part of the formal Conan series as Conan the Conqueror.) --Stanley Wiater
English Short stories, Shortstories, English, Fantasy fiction, American
Conan is a 1967 collection of seven fantasy short stories and associated pieces written by Robert E. Howard, L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter featuring Howard's seminal sword and sorcery hero Conan the Barbarian. Most of the stories were originally published in various pulp magazines.
Conan the Barbarian
Fantasy fiction, American, Conan (Fictitious character), American Fantasy fiction
The United States in Literature
memory plays, autobiographical drama, Family
Contains: ... - [Young Goodman Brown](https://openlibrary.org/works/OL455569W/Young_Goodman_Brown) by Nathaniel Hawthorne ... - [An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge](https://openlibrary.org/works/OL14863232W/Occurrence_at_Owl_Creek_Bridge) by Ambrose Bierce ... - [A Pair of Silk Stockings](https://openlibrary.org/works/OL20078930W/A_Pair_of_Silk_Stockings) by Kate Chopin ... - [The Glass Menagerie](https://openlibrary.org/works/OL30293W) by Tennesse Williams
Shadow Kingdoms. The Weird Works Volume 1
American Fantasy fiction


Among writers, Robert E. Howard ranks 726 out of 7,302Before him are Geoffrey of Monmouth, Bernart de Ventadorn, William Saroyan, Hugo Ball, Longus, and Zosimus. After him are Alejo Carpentier, Christopher Tolkien, Edmond Rostand, Arthur Adamov, Muhammad Nasiruddin al-Albani, and Amin Maalouf.

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Among people born in 1906, Robert E. Howard ranks 50Before him are Marcel Carné, Clyde Tombaugh, Oleg Antonov, Empress Wanrong, John Huston, and James E. Webb. After him are Marie José of Belgium, Marcelo Caetano, Estée Lauder, Bugsy Siegel, Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark, and Max Delbrück. Among people deceased in 1936, Robert E. Howard ranks 33Before him are Karl Kraus, Charles Nicolle, Andrija Mohorovičić, Edmund Allenby, 1st Viscount Allenby, Róbert Bárány, and Moritz Schlick. After him are Anne Sullivan, Georg Michaelis, Karl Pearson, Archduke Friedrich, Duke of Teschen, Nikolai Ostrovsky, and Georgy Chicherin.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Robert E. Howard ranks 810 out of 20,380Before him are Wendell Meredith Stanley (1904), Pat Morita (1932), Renée Zellweger (1969), Davy Crockett (1786), Robert Wagner (1930), and Halle Berry (1966). After him are George F. Kennan (1904), Gloria Swanson (1899), William Hurt (1950), Kris Jenner (1955), David Lee (1931), and Nancy Sinatra (1940).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Robert E. Howard ranks 77Before him are Truman Capote (1924), Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867), Jack Vance (1916), Louise Hay (1926), Dalton Trumbo (1905), and William Saroyan (1908). After him are John Dos Passos (1896), Robert Ludlum (1927), Thomas Harris (1940), Neal Cassady (1926), Sinclair Lewis (1885), and Raymond Carver (1938).