Monday, 2 April 2012

Lost Howard Manuscript Discovered?

This is just too incredible not to share.  Truly it turns our perspective of Howard and his work completely on its head!

At the time of his death in 1936, thirty-year-old Robert E. Howard had published hundreds of works of fiction across an astonishingly broad swath of genres. His voluminous output, according to Paul Herman of the Robert E. Howard Foundation, is estimated to have been “approximately 3.5 million words of fiction, poetry, letters and articles.” Among those millions of words were the iconic stories of Conan the Cimmerian, a character whose popularity has firmly established Howard’s reputation as the father of heroic fantasy, parallel to J.R.R. Tolkien’s place as father of epic fantasy.
But while Howard was an extraordinarily prolific writer, he was also a somewhat disorganized one and left behind a trunk of unpublished works. The so-called “Howard Trunk” contained thousands of typewritten pages by Howard. These abandoned stories and early drafts were collected and published in 2007 by The REH Foundation Press as The Last of the Trunk.
One manuscript, however, baffled the Howard estate. The handwriting was not Howard’s. “Not even close,” laughs George Angell, professor emeritus at Brown University, who was asked to authenticate the manuscript. “I could see at a glance that it was one-hundred percent positively not his. Howard’s hand is tight and masculine. This was a beautiful script, almost calligraphic, and my gut told me it was English, about two hundred years old.”

Well, I'll be a bumblebee's ombudsman!  You know, this'd make a great piece for an upcoming Robert E. Howard's Savage Sword...

5 comments:

  1. As you mentioned, it could be worse.

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    1. I was pleasantly surprised by all the little Easter eggs.

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    1. You lie! You lie! This is real, by gum, and no amount of evidence or science can say otherwise!

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    2. Ha ha!

      Completely unrelated: how do I go about contacting you? Ages ago on the Conan Movie Blog I made a comment, but I made the mistake of doing so under my real name. I switched the DISQUS profile to "Guest", but the blog post shows up if I Google myself. I request the comment be deleted, if possible. Here it is:

      http://www.conanmovieblog.com/2011/07/08/new-conan-movie-poster/#comment-246470957

      "Momoa's Conan pose here should be in the header."

      Nothing against the material, just a privacy thing. Sorry for the trouble.

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