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Book Description Bluejay Books, Never used!. Seller Inventory P Ships with Tracking Number! Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Seller Inventory n. Dark Valley destiny: The life of Robert E. Sprague De Camp. Publisher: Bluejay Books , This specific ISBN edition is currently not available. To have de Camp deface REH so readily, like a kindergarten schoolgirl gossiping about a peer, is, well, childish and stupid. But that's what de Camp has done in this work.

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You can simply Google the Robert E. Howard Foundation website and find a copy there. Finn's work is far better, much more honest in it's research and presentation, and is a nice counter-work to this de Camp debauchery. Dec 29, Randy rated it did not like it. Pretty much a piece of character assassination masquerading as a "biography". De Camp isn't a trained psychiatrist and yet he doesn't feel constrained in offering his own opinions concerning Howard's mental and psychological makeup which he bases on the flimsiest of evidence.

In addition De Camp seems to have a long held bias against both Howard as a person and his writing. This bias shows through with on every page. On the other hand there is one aspect of the book that De Camp can't be held re Pretty much a piece of character assassination masquerading as a "biography". On the other hand there is one aspect of the book that De Camp can't be held responsible for. Howard, for all of the great fiction he wrote, led an incredibly uneventful and boring life.

Truth to tell, the book doesn't start to get interesting until Howard's dead and we get to read about how his literary legacy went from being virtually unknown to world famous. Jul 18, Charles rated it it was ok Shelves: nonfic-biography. For a long time this was the only biography we had of Robert E. Howard, but there is a lot better stuff out there now, particularly Rusty Burke's "Short biography" and Mark Finn's "Blood and Thunder. The main problem is how it spread the rumor of Howard as a neurotic mama's boy. Feb 08, Michael rated it it was ok Shelves: biography.

Not the best biography of Robert E Howard. DeCamp spends too much time psycho-analyzing Howard and not enough time on his life and creations. Made for a rather dark and unsatisfying read. Absolutely the definitive bio, well researched and respectful without trying to posthumous psychoanalysis. Sep 24, Steven rated it it was ok Shelves: biography-memoir , pulps , writing , nonfiction. The De Camps love their Freud just a tad too much, as any time they don't have actual evidence or proof of something, they throw in psychoanalytic babble. It's informative for some of its facts and at the time of its publication, there weren't that many other sources of information , but its suppositions and extrapolations keep this from being a solid reference.

Jun 01, James rated it it was amazing Shelves: literature. Often ridiculed, I found this REH biography to be engrossing, informative, and entertaining. As with most of its naysayers, I was also often annoyed with deCamp's frequent, armchair, Freudian, pop-psychological analyses.

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But the subject matter was interesting enough for me to chug past all of this. News is that Mark Finn's newer biography is far superior. I hope to read that next. But til then, I think this biography is worth reading. Jan 03, Craig rated it really liked it. This is a fascinating biography of Robert E. It's remarkably well-researched, and the depth and detail are amazing. It's an excellent portrait of the tragic life of one of the major icons of the fantasy field.

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