Robert E. Howard, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death

    

Robert E. Howard

American author

Date of Birth: 22-Jan-1906

Place of Birth: Peaster, Texas, United States

Date of Death: 11-Jun-1936

Profession: screenwriter, writer, poet, novelist, science fiction writer

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius


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About Robert E. Howard

  • Robert Ervin Howard (January 22, 1906 – June 11, 1936) was an American author who wrote pulp fiction in a diverse range of genres.
  • He is well known for his character Conan the Barbarian and is regarded as the father of the sword and sorcery subgenre. Howard was born and raised in Texas.
  • He spent most of his life in the town of Cross Plains, with some time spent in nearby Brownwood.
  • A bookish and intellectual child, he was also a fan of boxing and spent some time in his late teens bodybuilding, eventually taking up amateur boxing.
  • From the age of nine he dreamed of becoming a writer of adventure fiction but did not have real success until he was 23.
  • Thereafter, until his death by suicide at age 30, Howard's writings were published in a wide selection of magazines, journals, and newspapers, and he became proficient in several subgenres.
  • His greatest success occurred after his death. Although a Conan novel was nearly published in 1934, Howard's stories were never collected during his lifetime.
  • The main outlet for his stories was Weird Tales, where Howard created Conan the Barbarian.
  • With Conan and his other heroes, Howard helped fashion the genre now known as sword and sorcery, spawning many imitators and giving him a large influence in the fantasy field.
  • Howard remains a highly-read author, with his best works still reprinted. Howard's suicide and the circumstances surrounding it have led to speculation about his mental health.
  • His mother had been ill with tuberculosis his entire life, and upon learning she had entered a coma from which she was not expected to wake, he walked out to his car and shot himself in the head.

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