Robert E. Howard

A Collector’s Descriptive Bibliography of American and British Hardcover, Paperback, Magazine, Special and Amateur Editions, with a Biography


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About the Book

Robert E. Howard published primarily in pulp magazines, creating memorable characters like Conan of Cimmeria. After his suicide at the age of 30, pulps continued publishing Howard material posthumously. His first hardcover book appeared in 1937, a year after his death. That book, A Gent from Bear Creek, is the holy grail for Howard collectors—only 12 original copies are known to exist. This invaluable resource for Howard collectors has information for every known published work. Initial chapters provide a biography, discuss Howard’s literary legacy, and give basic tips about book collecting and selling. The main body of the work is a bibliography of Howard’s published works from 1925 through 2005. A thorough index locates the publication of every Howard story or poem.

About the Author(s)

The late Leon Nielsen, a retired wildlife biologist, was a seller and appraiser of books who lived in Brookfield, Wisconsin.

Bibliographic Details

Leon Nielsen

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 288
Bibliographic Info: 98 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2011 [2007]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6109-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0424-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii
Foreword by Damon C. Sasser      1
Introduction      5

1. Robert E. Howard: A Brief Biography      11
2. The Robert E. Howard Legacy      36
3. A Robert E. Howard Cast of Characters      80
4. Collecting Robert E. Howard      105
A. Identification, Condition, Grading      105
B. Values, Buying and Selling      124
5. A Robert E. Howard Bibliography      134
A. Books      135
B. Mass Market Paperbacks      168
C. Magazines      200
D. Special Publications      211
E. Amateur Press Journals      227
6. Most Collectible Titles      247
7. A Representative Robert E. Howard Collection      253
8. Reference Bibliography      260

Index to Poems and Prose Poems      263
Index to Story Titles      268
Index to Book Titles      275

Book Reviews & Awards

“The most comprehensive book yet listing all of Howard’s works…very useful”—Classic Images

“A must”—Midwest Book Review

“This is first-rate, the best book I’ve read on Robert E. Howard in many, many years. Maybe ever….this is it”—Bud Plant