Magazine July 29, 2019, Issue

The Fantastic Robert E. Howard

Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1982 film Conan the Barbarian (IMDb, Universal Pictures)
Conan the Barbarian’s creator is finally remembered in his hometown.

Cross Plains, Texas — We start where it ended. “The car would have been sitting just about here,” says Jack Baum, a few feet behind the Robert E. Howard Museum. A small group of us take it in. Several of us squirm. This is the spot where the pulp writer put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger. When he killed himself in his car in 1936, the creator of Conan the Barbarian — one of the most iconic characters to spring from American fiction — was 30 years old.

The suicide has colored Howard’s reputation ever since, and perhaps

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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