(January 24, 1906 - June 11, 1936)
Born in Parker County,
Robert Ervin Howard grew up in the Brown and Callahan County communities
of Cross Cut, Cross Plains, and Brownwood. He attended Brownwood
High School and Howard Payne College, and published his first works of
fiction in school newspapers. He later wrote poetry and short stories
for popular magazines. His main interest was in science fiction and
fantasy. In 1932, he created the character Conan the Barbarian.
Howard committed suicide at age 30. His Conan character has
become known worldwide through books, magazines, and movies.
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