Hoffman is Guest of Honor

Posted by Rob Roehm in Events, News   

The Robert E Howard Foundation, along with The Robert E Howard United Press Association and Project Pride, is pleased to announce that Charles Hoffman has accepted our invitation to be Guest of Honor at Robert E. Howard Days, June 8-9, 2012.

Chuck’s seminal essay, “Conan the Existentialist,” appearing in Amra 61 in March 1974, is widely regarded as the first true literary criticism of Howard’s work. Before its appearance, discussions of REH tended to take the form of book reviews or light-hearted “Hyborian scholarship.” Chuck was the first to stake out a claim for Howard as a writer whose work would repay critical scrutiny; he demonstrated clearly that the claim that “philosophical meanings” were absent from Howard’s work was untrue. He revised the essay for a later appearance in the magazine Ariel, and it has since been reprinted in Cromlech #1 and The Barbaric Triumph.

Chuck co-authored, with Marc Cerasini, Robert E. Howard: Starmont Reader’s Guide 35, a book that remains the most impressive critical overview of Howard’s entire corpus. A revised edition, originally planned for publication in 2006, will be published by the Foundation in 2012.

Chuck and Marc edited the first two issues of the journal Cromlech, the first publication devoted to serious scholarship and criticism of REH. Rusty Burke has cited it as the inspiration for his creation of The Dark Man: The Journal of Robert E. Howard Studies.

Chuck has written a number of acclaimed essays on Howard’s work for The Dark Man, The Cimmerian, and Spectrum, as well as for Two-Gun Bob: A Centennial Study of Robert E. Howard (Hippocampus Press, 2006), Crimson Shadows: The Best of Robert E. Howard, Volume One (Del Rey, 2007), and The Robert E. Howard Reader (Borgo Press, 2010).

We know that Howard fans will enjoy this rare opportunity to meet Chuck in person and to share in his penetrating insights and his witty, sometimes piquant observations on Howard and popular culture.

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