Wednesday, July 25, 2007

WSJ loves Conan

The Wall Street Journal ran this article today about Conan as a literary figure. I've never been a big Robert E. Howard fan, but I think his reputation is likely to rise, as is deserved.

Other than that, I have nothing to add except that last week I was discussing this very issue over lunch with a colleague. He's heard me say before the H.P. Lovecraft is a post-Darwinian author, and he added that Howard is "post-Nietzschean." Yes, that's what you'd hear if you overheard two English professors talking at Ruby Tuesdays.

So, without any other context,
  • H.P. Lovecraft = post-Darwinian
  • Robert E. Howard = post-Nietzschean

1 comment:

  1. Speaking of Lovecraft, I thought you'd enjoy another man's look at some of Howard's work. As presented in a recent collection from (I think) Penguin. The man is Kenneth Hite, and his series is known as Tour de Lovecraft

    BTW, did you know Lovecraft's literary agent died just a few years back? Had the chance to meet him on a couple of occasions.