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by L. Sprague De Camp

eBook Dark Valley destiny: The life of Robert E. Howard download ISBN: 0312940742
Author: L. Sprague De Camp
Publisher: Bluejay Books (1983)
Language: English
Pages: 402
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Dark Valley Destiny: the Life of Robert E. Howard is a biography of the writer Robert E. Howard by science-fiction writer L. Sprague de Camp in collaboration with Catherine Crook de Camp and Jane Whittington Griffin, first published in hardcover by . .

Dark Valley Destiny: the Life of Robert E. Sprague de Camp in collaboration with Catherine Crook de Camp and Jane Whittington Griffin, first published in hardcover by Bluejay Books in December 1983, and in trade paperback by the same publisher in May 1986.

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L. Sprague de Camp, whose recent passing saddened all of us who had had the pleasure of meeting him or reading his words, wrote on many different subjects. Among the other things he tackled was biography, and with this effort he produced what will probably be known as the definitive biography of the troubled Texan writer who created Conan, Solomon Kane, and King Kull.

But that's what de Camp has done in this work. For a far better biography than this one, read Mark Finn's work titled Blood & Thunder.

DeCamp describes Howard in his "Dark Valley Destiny" book, and Novalyne Price describes him in.Published by Thriftbooks.

DeCamp describes Howard in his "Dark Valley Destiny" book, and Novalyne Price describes him in her "One Who Walked Alone" book. Both are probably right and probably wrong. com User, 18 years ago. L.

Sprague de Camp (Author) Lyon Sprague de Camp was born in 1907 and died in 2000. During a writing career that spanned seven decades, he wrote over a hundred books in the areas of science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, non-fiction and biography

Sprague de Camp (Author) Lyon Sprague de Camp was born in 1907 and died in 2000. During a writing career that spanned seven decades, he wrote over a hundred books in the areas of science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, non-fiction and biography. Sprague de Camp, Jane W. Griffin, Catherine Crook De Camp. Dark Valley Destiny: The Life of Robert E. Скачать (epub, 631 Kb).

Sprague deCamp, Catherine Crook de Camp and Jane Whittington Griffin. Kevin Eugene Johnson. It is an expansion of de Camp's earlier study The Miscast Barbarian: a Biography of Robert E. Howard (1975), itself an expansion of his article "The Miscast Barbarian", which appeared in the magazine Fantastic in June, 1971. De Camp's "warts and all" approach to his subject has been branded by some fans as unflattering and unbalanced. Sprague de Camp in collaboration with Catherine Crook de Camp and Jane Whittington Griffin. Sprague de Camp in collaboration with Catherine Crook de Camp and Jane Whittington Griffin, first in hardcover published by Bluejay Books in 1983  . Orion Publishing Group's L. Sprague de Camp webpage.

This is the definitive biography of Robert E. Howard, a giant of the pulp era, who created the archetypal brooding fantasy figure. To the general public, he is virtually unknown, but millions are familiar with the name and exploits of his most famous creation: Conan, the barbarian.
Comments: (7)
Black_Hawk_Down
de camp spends too much time speculating on the supposed psychologial nature of howard though he did interview many people other biographers would never gt the chance to, he helped keep howard's lgacy alive but it does come off a bit of a hatchet job at times
Molotok
A psycho-biography. If that doesn't prejudice you against it, it's a nice read. And it has pictures I've only seen reproduced on line. Here they are much higher resolution.
Freaky Hook
L. Sprague de Camp, whose recent passing saddened all of us who had had the pleasure of meeting him or reading his words, wrote on many different subjects. Among the other things he tackled was biography, and with this effort he produced what will probably be known as the definitive biography of the troubled Texan writer who created Conan, Solomon Kane, and King Kull. Although some of this material had appeared earlier, it was in amateur and semi-professional magazines of extremely limited circulation, and a great deal of it is material that could never have fit into those magazines, oriented as they were to the hardcore "Conan" fan. De Camp, his wife and his collaborator travelled through Texas to speak to the people who had known Howard in his own lifetime, as well as those who had merely experienced Texas in those years. Robert E. Howard was a troubled, moody man who escaped from an unsympathetic environment for a person with his bookish tastes into fiction. Besides Conan, Kane and King Kull, he produced fiction in many different areas, and sold to many different markets in the days of the "pulp" magazines. He was also quite a talented poet, and samples of his verse enliven this book considerably. Among the other ways this book is useful to a person wishing to know more about Robert Howard, it contains a bibliography of all the works the Texan created. Written in a clear, engaging style, this biography evokes a period long gone, but not all that far away.
Maldarbaq
Sprague de Camp -- and I knew this guy for many years -- was the ultimate opportunist. Oscar Friend -- the original agent for REH's works after his death -- made the mistake of letting him in on Conan and over the decades -- from the 1950's through the 1980's -- made a pretty good living off Howard's cold dead body. This "bio" makes his one on Lovecraft seem fair and accurate. Nope, not at all. De Camp had the really annoying habit of trying to psychioanalyize other -- always dead -- writers. With this one he brought in his wife and some child psychatrist. The result is a really bad look at Howard from a guy --who despite the fortune he made off of him -- who deep down didn't like Howard or perhaps resented the fact that dead, Howard was still more popular than he could ever be. There are better works out there. Try them first.
Styphe
It's very unfortunate that the de Camps were unable or unwilling to write a objective biography of Howard as they were in a position to interview a number of people who knew Howard---people that are sadly no longer with us. The de Camps went into this project with a preconceived idea (i.e. that Howard was a crazy, Oedipal, social misfit) and asked interviewees leading questions, cherry-picked the responses that strengthened that point of view, and discarded others that contradicted it. This has led to a seriously warped perception of Howard that is pervasive today despite much more rigorous research by modern scholars that paints a more balanced picture of this talented writer.

For many years Dark Valley Destiny was the only book-length biography of Howard, but that is no longer the case today and so it no longer has "better than nothing" as a point in it's favor. Noted Howard scholar Rusty Burke published the monograph _A Short Biography of Robert E. Howard_ a few years ago and it is reprinted in its entirety at the REH Foundation website: [...]

Also, Mark Finn's biography _Blood and Thunder_ is now considered to be the definitive bio of Howard. The first edition is OOP, but a new revised expanded edition has just been published and is also available from the REH foundation. If you are interested in learning more about Howard I highly recommend these other sources rather than than the flawed and misleading Dark Valley Destiny.