And Their Memory Was a Bitter Tree (Hardcover)
|As one of the three most important American pulp fantasy authors of the 1930s (with Lovecraft and Clark Ashton Smith), Robert E. Howard captivated readers with his indomitable, battle-scarred barbarian hero Conan. Though Howard''s life ended prematurely in 1936 at the age of 30, Conan lives on as one of the genre''s most enduring icons. This beautifully designed collection contains nine essential Conan stories along with a full-length Conan novel. Also included is "The Hyborean Age, " Howard''s fascinating history of the raw, blood-drenched world Conan inhabited, an alternative Earth that preceded Tolkien''s Middle Earth. " And Their Memory Was a Bitter Tree" features a color map of this realm and an interior painting by cult artist Brom, along with a series of Frank Frazetta''s seminal Conan paintings, appearing for the first time with the stories for which they were created.|
From the Publisher:
An anthology of nine classic Conan the Barbarian stories is complemented by a full-length novel and an illustrated version of the cover story, in a collection that also includes a tribute to the author by his friend and contemporary, H. P. Lovecraft.
Frank Frazetta was one of the most important comics artists working during the 20th-century. Getting his start in the 1940s drawing for the LIL' ABNER strips, he would go on to infiltrate the imaginations of thousands of fantasy fans through his portrayals of characters such as Conan and Tarzan. His muscle-y heroes and curvy damsels (all scantily clad) would become almost ubiquitous with the genre. Frazetta also drew for MAD Magazine, designed the covers for numerous pulpy books and movie posters--his first was for Woody Allen's 1965 WHAT'S NEW PUSSYCAT? He died in 2010 from a stroke, after his wife Eleanor died and his children became embroiled in some nasty disputes over the rights to his work.