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Robert E. Howard Essays

Life and Legend of Howard Hughes

The Life and Legend of Howard Hughes Throughout the 20th century, it has been the media’s job to pinpoint what events and people would prove to be an effective story. This was certainly the case for Howard R. Hughes. Son to the wealthy Howard Hughes Sr., Howard became the interest of the American people and …

American History vs Howard Zinn

Sins deliberate criticism of the foundation of the A Rican Republic effectively revealed the corrupt society Of colonial America in the 1 8th century ; however, Zion’s writing exposed only one side of these historical events in a biased ma inner. He ranted about the significant separation between the rich and the poor class, the …

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Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin

In the book Black like me John Howard Griffin points out that the Negro doesn’t understand the white any more than the white understands the Negro. Specific examples of the book show that both colors were racist to each other.The whites are especially racist with the blacks as seen while Griffin was hitchhiking through Mississippi. …

Howards End and Social Class

In the case of Leonard Bass who was a significantly poor man, eating beef tongue and pineapple jelly for dinner, (Forester 41 ) and running after Miss Schlemiel when she accidental took his umbrella at the concert (Forester 27), he was always trying to achieve higher social standing by associating himself with wealthy people at …

Howard K. Stern, Plaintiff V. Rita Cosby and Hachette Book Group Usa, Inc., Defendants

Is It Really Libel and Defamatory? : Howard K. Stern, Plaintiff v. Rita Cosby and Hachette Book Group USA, Inc. , Defendants A country; particularly the United States, legal infrastructure is a key factor in the media’s ability to fulfill their “watchdog” function. However, most of the 1990s had completely lacked a legal base that …

How Capable are You in Terms of Howard Rheingolds Five Literacies for the 21st Century?

Attention: As Rheingold considers attention to be the most basic and significant literacy of the 21st century, he explains how it is the fundamental building block for the way of daily life; with attention framing the way in which individuals think, create tools, teach, socialize, transform civilizations etc. multi-tasking would be considered a constant attention-splitting …

A Trip to Howard Days 2016

Another enjoyable Howard Days has come and gone, and it is safe to say that any who attended were glad they did.  The number of attendees on June 10th and 11th seemed to be a bit above average, reflecting a trend toward straining the capacity of current venues and program formats.  The panel audiences are …

A Nontraditional Approach to the Posthumous Collaborations of de Camp and Howard

In 1955, L. Sprague de Camp published a posthumous collaboration with Robert E. Howard, Tales of Conan, consisting of four non-Conan stories written by Howard that were rewritten by de Camp as Conan stories.   This was followed by Conan the Adventurer in 1966 which contained 3 stories by Howard (edited by de Camp) and …

The Whole Wide World, Howard and the Movies

Like most of us, Robert E. Howard was a fan of the movies and like many people who lived through the Great Depression, movies were more than entertainment to him; they were a form of escapism. The movies were also a source of inspiration for his fertile imagination.  Indeed, some scenes from movies he saw even …

The Swords of Robert E. Howard, Part 3

The Swordsmanship of Robert E. Howard Just as in medieval times most men carried swords but the majority were neither duelists nor skilled fencers. (CL2.103) Given Robert E. Howard’s lack of access to fencing instructors (CL3.242), never having entered the military or other occupation where he could receive weapons training, and the general absence of …

The Swords of Robert E. Howard, Part 1

Weapons, especially edged weapons, axes, swords, and spears, hold my attention as nothing else can. Long ago I started collecting them, but found it a taste far too expensive for my means. I still have the things I did manage to get hold of — a few sabers, swords, bayonets and the like. — Robert …

The Satanic Robert E. Howard, Part 3

The wings of Melek Taus hover over the world, the winds whisper of revolt, anarchy, war and red ruin for all the sons of men. (CL2.116) The Yazidis (also given as Yezidis, and Yezidees) are a largely Kurdish people in the Middle East, whose religion reveres Melek Taus, the Peacock Angel; similarities with Abrahamic tales …

The Satanic Robert E. Howard, Part 2

But hear me Satan, no man ever made me admit defeat — I’ve reeled beneath a bloody moon, on buckling legs, with blood pouring from my battered mouth and mingling with the sweat on my chest and a scarlet haze shimmering before my eyes — and I’ve been smashed from gong to gong, but I …

The Satanic Robert E. Howard, Part 1

Among the names that appear in the dedication to the first editions of The Satanic Bible (1969) is that of Robert E. Howard. It is the first of several mentions that Anton LaVey, would make regarding the Texan author, usually in a passing manner. H. P. Lovecraft has spawned an entire genre of contemporary occult …

The Robert E. Howard House and Museum Needs Your Help

The Robert E. Howard house and museum in Cross Plains, Texas is the single most important physical symbol of the man and his legacy that remains today — and it needs your help. This century-old structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is truly a place of great significance for American …

The Poem “Cimmeria” and Howard’s Use of Blank Verse

My soul’s a flame of divine fire, a god’s voice . . . –Robert E. Howard The poem “Cimmeria” is usually placed (by the relatively few critics who have considered Robert E. Howard’s poetry and poetics at all) among Howard’s most important published poems. Admirers and literary critics who have considered chiefly his fiction also …

The Latest Offerings from The Robert E. Howard Foundation

Pre-ordering is now available for The Collected Letters of Robert E. Howard,  Volume 2: 1930-1932. This volume has over 100 letters, and is well over 500 pages. This volume attempts to collect all known REH letters written during this time span.  Several of these letters have never been published before, and many, many others have only …

The Hyborian Sage: Real-World Parallels Between Howard’s and Modern Discoveries

by Wm. Michael Mott Introduction In recent years, television programming, along with publishing ventures, have presented a number of projects looking at the concept of catastrophism, along with diffusionism. One of the best of these books is Brad Steiger’s Worlds Before Our Own, a work that initially earned that writer a great deal of ridicule and …

The Hyborian Gazette: A New Robert E. Howard Fanzine

Something old is new again. In the tradition of Amra, The Hyborian Gazette features, in addition to REH related material, this fanzine covers other topics such as general fantasy, Sword and Sorcery, fantasy fiction, etc. Here are the details of the first issue, courtesy of Bill Thom’s Coming Attractions: Carnelian Press is proud to announce a fanzine from The International Robert …

The Howards in Coke County

As usual, I used part of my holiday break to travel to Texas with my dad. And, while the primary focus of our research this time was not Robert E. Howard or his immediate family, we did find a Howard-related document in Coke County that everyone knew should exist, but no one, to the best …

The Howards: Gone to Texas

In the 1800s many families in the South and Midwest sought escape from poverty and debt by getting a fresh start in Texas.  Back in those days when one would ride up to an abandoned house, odds are “Gone to Texas” or “GTT” would be written in chalk across the front door or posted on …

The First Isaac Mordecai Howard

In [18]49 three brothers started for California. On the Arkansas River they split up, one went on to California where he lived the rest of his life, one went back to Georgia and one, William Benjamin Howard, went to Mississippi . . . —Robert E. Howard to H.P. Lovecraft, ca. October 1930 Those three brothers …

The 2012 Robert E. Howard Foundation Awards Winners — Please Hold Your Applause Until the End

Well, this year I’m sitting at home on my healing fractured hip instead of attending the Robert E. Howard Foundation Awards Ceremony in Cross Plains this evening. Since my social calendar is clear, I’m posting the winners; giving Brian a break this year. TGR contributor and guest blogger Jeff Shanks graciously agreed to e-mail the …

Robert E. Howard’s Historical Sense

Nobody who follows this weblog at all will be likely to dispute that Robert E. Howard had few equals when it came to writing a fast-paced, gripping story with passion and energy that drew the reader along from beginning to end. He could also evoke a scene so vividly that you could see it and …

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