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Robert E. Howard

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(1906 – 1936)

Robert Ervin Howard (January 22, 1906 – June 11, 1936) was a classic American writer of fantasy, horror, historical adventure, boxing, western, and detective fiction.

He is most famous for having created — in the pages of the legendary Depression-era pulp magazine Weird Tales — the character Conan the Cimmerian, a.k.a. Conan the Barbarian, a literary icon whose instantly recognizable pop-culture imprint is rivalled by only a handful of other literary characters, such as Tarzan of the Apes, Sherlock Holmes, and James Bond.

Between Conan and his other heroes Howard single-handedly created the genre now known as in the late 1920s and early 1930s, spawning a wide swath of imitators and giving him an influence in the fantasy field rivalled only by J.R.R. Tolkien and Tolkien’s similarly inspired creation of the modern genre of .

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