The Collected Letters of Robert E. Howard reveals a side of Howard’s personality that readers of his fiction might not suspect existed. Full of humor, philosophical musings, travelogue, historical sketches, and opinions on contemporary politics and events – local, national, and international – Howard’s letters provide important insight into the life and times of one of the most influential pulp-era writers of the twentieth century.

This three-volume, limited-edition series collects all the known letters written by REH. The collection includes dozens of previously unpublished letters and hundreds of poems that made their initial appearance in these volumes. This three-volume set collects more than 330 letters, from the early ones to his Texas friends, most notably Tevis Clyde Smith, and continuing through correspondence with fellow writers Clark Ashton Smith, E. Hoffmann Price, and others. Also included are Howard’s letters to H. P. Lovecraft, which constitute one of the most intriguing correspondence cycles in the history of fantasy fiction.

This is the “Ultimate Edition” which just means that it’s print on demand. Each volume is printed in hardback with dust jacket.  Cover design and artwork is by Mark Wheatley. The first edition can be seen here.

Contents

  • Introduction by Rusty Burke
  • First Edition Acknowledgements
  • First Edition Notes on the Text
  • Second Edition Notes from the Editor by John Bullard
  • List of First Edition Letter Numbers with Their New Second Edition Numbers
  • Second Edition Acknowledgements

1923

001To Tevis Clyde Smith (handwritten), June 8, 1923 (“Hello Clyde, / May the blessings …”)
002
To Tevis Clyde Smith, June 22, 1923 (“Clyde sahib, greeting: / I found your first letter …”)
003
To Tevis Clyde Smith, July 7, 1923 (“To Clyde bahadur – sahib, greeting: / I got your letter.”)
004
To Tevis Clyde Smith, July 30, 1923 (“Clyde sahib, bohut salaam, bahadur; / The picnic has come …”)
005
To Tevis Clyde Smith, August 4, 1923 (“Clyde sahib; / You say I’ll be in …”)
006
To Tevis Clyde Smith, postmarked August 21, 1923 (“Salaam, Clyde sahib, / I haven’t got any answer …”)
007
To Tevis Clyde Smith, August 24, 1923 (“Bohut salaam, Clyde sahib; / I was all ready to …”)
008
To Tevis Clyde Smith, September 9, 1923 (“Clyde sahib; / First off I must apologize …”)
009
To Tevis Clyde Smith, October 5, 1923 (“Salaam, Clyde; / Maybe you think I’ve moved …”)
010
To Tevis Clyde Smith, November 4, 1923 (“Bohut salaam, Clyde bahadur; / It’s been quite a while …”)
011
To Adventure, ca. late 1923, Published in pulp in February 1924 (“I am writing for information …”)

1924

012To Tevis Clyde Smith, April 21, 1924 (“Salaam, Clyde sahib; / I should have written …”)
013To Tevis Clyde Smith, June 19, 1924 (“Salaam, Clyde sahib; / I suppose you think I’m rather slow …”)
014To Adventure, ca. July 1924 (“1. At what period did the feudal …”)
015To Tevis Clyde Smith (handwritten), September 7, 1924 (“Salaam, Clyde, / You ought to be here.”)
016To Western Story, ca. fall 1

1925

017To Tevis Clyde Smith, January 7, 1925 (“Salaam, Clyde sahib; / I was in Brownwood the …”)
018To Tevis Clyde Smith, January 30, 1925 (“Salaam, sahib; / I’m sending you a lot of junk.”)
019To Robert W. Gordon, February 4, 1925 (“Dear Sir; / I am sending you a few songs.”)
020To Tevis Clyde Smith, February 25, 1925 (“Salaam, sahib; / Chapter XIX / Writers of the Bunkorian Age”)
021To Tevis Clyde Smith, March 17, 1925 (“The top o’ the marnin’ O’Clydo; / Faith and bejabbers!”)
022To Tevis Clyde Smith, April 6, 1925 (“Salaam, sahib; / What Ho!”)
023To Tevis Clyde Smith, May 24, 1925 (“Salaam; / Hot zowie, old topper, …”)
024To Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. June 1925 (“Know all men …”) 
025To Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. before July 1925 (“King Bahthur’s Court”)
026To Tevis Clyde Smith, July 7, 1925 (“Salaam, Sahib; / I believe you owe me a letter.”)
027To Tevis Clyde Smith, July 16, 1925 (“Salaam, sahib; / What ho, milord!”)
028To Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. post July 20, 1925 (“Salaam; Clyde; / Old boy, I got your letter.”)
029To Tevis Clyde Smith, August 6, 1925 (“Salaam; I’m glad you passed the exams.”)
030To Farnsworth Wright, (unsent), August 21, 1925 (“Dear Sir; / I am preparing a mss. …”)
031To Tevis Clyde Smith, August 26, 1925 (“Salaam; / I’ve been thinking.”)
032To Tevis Clyde Smith, August 28, 1925 (“Salaam; / I’ve been thinking.”)
033To Tevis Clyde Smith, October 9, 1925 (“Salaam, sahib; Say, bo, you’re developing into a real poet.”)
034To Herbert Klatt, ca. fall 1925 (“Bohut salaam …”)
035To Weird Tales, ca. late 1925, Published in magazine in January 1926 (“These are sheer masterpieces.”)

1926

036To Tevis Clyde Smith, January 14, 1926 (“Salaam, bahadur, bohut salaam; / By Baal I am joyed …”) 
037To Tevis Clyde Smith, January 14, 1926 (“Salaam; / This is a habit of mine, always was.”)
038To Farnsworth Wright, January 23, 1926 (“Dear Sir; / I have no carbon copy of ‘Wolfshead’.”)
039To Robert W. Gordon, February 15, 1926 (“Dear Mr. Gordon; / I was delighted to receive your letter, …”)
040To Weird Tales, ca. March 1926 (“The Saga of Grettir …”)
041To Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. Spring, 1926 (“If you don’t publish this …”)
042To The Ring, ca. early 1926 (“Here is my opinion on the greatest heavyweights of all time:”)
043To Robert W. Gordon, April 9, 1926 (“Dear Sir; / I must really ask your pardon …”)
044To Tevis Clyde Smith, April 14, 1926 (“Salaam; / Being in an (un)poetical poetical mood, …”)
045To Tevis Clyde Smith, May 7, 1926 (“Salaam; / I’m sending you a flock of poetry.”)
046To Tevis Clyde Smith, June 23, 1926 (“Salaam; / I’m trying to write again, …”)
047To Tevis Clyde Smith, August 6, 1926 (“Salaam, sahib; / In the first place, …”)
048To Tevis Clyde Smith, August 21, 1926 (“Bohut salaam, sahib; / I think you owe me one, two, …”)
049To Edna Mann, October 30, 1926 (“Dear Friend; / As usual I have to start my letter with an apology, …”)

1927

050To Robert W. Gordon (handwritten), January 2, 1927 (“My dear Mr. Gordon; / Upon seeing a request …”)
051To Robert W. Gordon, March 17, 1927 (“Dear Mr. Gordon; / This time I have an excuse …”)
052To Weird Tales, ca. April 1927 (“Your last three issues have been very fine.”)
053To Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. mid-September 1927 (“Salaam: / Having just got your letter …”)
054To Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. mid-to late-September 1927 (“Salaam: / Seeking cognizance of thing …”)
055To Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. October 1927 (“ARE YOU THE YOUNG MAN …”)
056To Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. fall 1927 (“Salaam: / Then the little boy said to Goofus Gorilla, …”)
057To Harold Preece, December 22, 1927 (“With Best Wishes …”)
058To Unknown Recipient, ca. late 1927, unsent (“Salaam; / Seems that you owe me a letter …”)

1928

059To Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. probably late 1927, early 1928 (“I wasn’t lying to you Saturday evening when I said …”)
060To Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. January 1928 (“Salaam: / Listen, you crumb, I think you already owe me …”)
061To Harold Preece, ca. January-February 1928 (“Salaam: / Say, listen, tramp, you owe me a letter …”)
062To Tevis Clyde Smith, week of February 20, 1928 (“The fellow who wrote The Kasidah …”)
063To Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. between 1926 and March 1928 ( “Ha ha! You’re not going to get off so easily; …”)
064To Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. March 1928 (“The only reason for writing this letter …”)
065To Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. March 1928 (“Salaam: / Not having much of anything specially …”)
066To Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. March 1928 (“Salaam: / Glad you’re writing these days.”)
067To Harold Preece, ca. early 1928 (“Salaam: / You’ll have to pardon me for not …”)
068To Weird Tales, ca. March 1928 (“Mr. Lovecraft’s latest story, ‘The Call of Cthulhu’, …”)
069To Robert W. Gordon, postmarked May 14, 1928 (“Dear Mr. Gordon: / Many thanks for the letter, …”)
070To Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. May 1928 (“Salaam: / So Klatt has gone West.”)
071To Merlin Wand, date stamped May, 26, 1928 (unsent) (“CONTACTS LISTING FORM”)
072To Harold Preece, postmarked June 4, 1928 (Postcard with drawing only)
073To Harold Preece, ca. June 1928 (Postcard of Piedras Negras Customs House)
074To Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. June 1928, handwritten (“Not even a movie in this god forsaken town.”)
075To Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. June 1928 (“Salaam; / Ho, ho, the long lights lift amain …”)
076To Harold Preece, ca. June 1928 (“Salaam: / No, I was not trying to catch flies.”)
077To The Brownwood Bulletin, July 18, 1928 (“Arthur ‘Kid’ Dula is due …”)
078To The Fort Worth Record, ca. July 1928 (“Tunney can’t win.”)
079To Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. July 1928 (“Salaam: / A Warning to Orthodoxy”)
080To Harold Preece, ca. August 1928 (“Salaam: / Glad you enjoyed our reunion …”)
081To Harold Preece, postmarked September 5, 1928 (“Salaam: / Yes, I like the idea of Eldorado …”)
082To Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. probably late 1928 (“Salaam: Shadows of Dreams”)
083To Harold Preece, ca. September 1928 (“Salaam: / Tunney sure gave Heeney a tough beating …”)
084To Harold Preece, postmarked September 23, 1928 (“Salaam: / The tang of winter is in the air …”)
085To Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. October 1928 (“Salaam; / I could have gone with you …”)
086To Harold Preece, received October 20, 1928 (“Salaam: / Your stationery is alright.”)
087To Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. October 1928 (“Salaam: / The reason I’m sending The Junto to you …”)
088To Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. November 1928 (“Salaam: / Listen you goddamn so forth and so on, …”)
089To Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. November 1928 (“Salaam: / I’ll swear you’re the only galoot …”)
090To Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. November 1928 (“Salaam: / I got such a laugh out of your parody …”)
091To Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. November 1928 (“Heh heh! At last I’ve sold a story …”)
092To Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. November-December 1928 (“Salaam: / Heh heh! Sappho, the Grecian hills …”)
093To Harold Preece, ca. December 1928 (“Salaam: / You’re right; women are great actors.”)
094To Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. late 1928 (“Salaam: / I’ll swear, if I’d laughed much more …”)
095To Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. probably late 1928, early 1929 (“Salaam: /I have forgotten whether your or Truett …”)
096To Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. December 1928 (“Salaam: / Out in front of Goldstein’s, …”)
097To Unknown Recipient, undated, unsent, ca. probably late 1928. (“Show this to Truett …”)
098To Unknown Recipient, undated, ca. 1926-1928. (“Here I’ve been working days and nights …”)

1929

099To Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. after July 1925, before 1930, probably ca. early 1929
(“Salaam: / There once was a wicked old elf …”)
100To Weird Tales (unsent), ca. January 1929 (“. . . whatever to do with beetles, except …”)
101To Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. February 1929 (“Salaam: / Ancient English Balledel”)
102To Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. February 1929 (“Salaam: / Last night the Sunday School class …”)
103To Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. March 1929 (“Salaam: / Black Dawn”)
104To Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. early to mid-1929 (“Salaam: / Life is a yellow mist among the stars.”)
105To Harold Preece, ca. March 1929 (“Salaam: / I’ve been very neglectful of my correspondence lately.”)
106To Argosy All-Story Weekly, ca. spring 1929 (“I was born in Texas about twenty-three …”)
107To Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. April 1929 (“The iron harp that Adam christened Life”)
108To Thrills of the Jungle Magazine, ca. June to late 1929 (“Editor Thrills of the Jungle Magazine, …”)
109To Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. June 1929 (“Salaam: / I received an announcement from Chicago: …”)
110To Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. July 1929 (“Salaam: / The main reason I’m writing this letter …”)
111To Harold Preece, ca. week of August 19, 1929 (“Salaam: / I’ve been reading Destiny Bay …”)
112To Harold Preece, postmarked September 18, 1929 (“I don’t remember saying anything …”)
113To Weird Tales, ca. September 1929 (“I have just been reading the September Weird Tales, …”)
114To Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. late December 1929 (“Well: / Here I am doing business …”)
115To Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. before 1930; probably late 1928, late 1929 (“Salaam: / As my dear public remembers, …”)

 

Dust jacket cover design by Mark Wheatley
Publisher:REH Foundation Press
Year :June 2021
Book No. :None
Edition :2nd edition, version 1
Format :Hardcover with dust jacket  (6.3 x 9.4 inches)
Pages :415 plus xxi
Cover :Mark Wheatley
Illustrations :None
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Notes

  • Edited by Rob Roehm & John Bullard
  • Annotations by Rusty Burke
  • Print on demand “Ultimate Edition”
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Dust jacket cover design by Mark Wheatley
Dust jacket cover design by Mark Wheatley

 

The Collected Letters of Robert E. Howard Volume One: 1923-1929 ultimate

This is the “Ultimate Edition” which just means that it’s print on demand. Each volume is printed in hardback with dust jacket.  Cover design and artwork is by Mark Wheatley. The first edition can be seen here.

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