King Conan is the fourth published and contains several Howard stories (see notes and contents).

The Gnome Press edition of Conan was the first hardcover collection of Howard’s Conan stories, including all the original Howard material known to exist at the time, some left unpublished in his lifetime. Not published in order of previous publication, Gnome’s volumes were organized to present the stories in order of their internal chronology, the sole exception being Tales of Conan, which skipped around to present random episodes from various points in the protagonist’s career. Some stories in two of the later volumes (The Coming of Conan and King Conan) were completed or revised by L. Sprague de Camp; another (Tales of Conan) consisted of non-Conan Howard stories that de Camp rewrote as Conan yarns. The last published volume of the Gnome edition was the first Conan story by an author other than Howard, namely Björn Nyberg, and was revised by de Camp.

Contents

  • 8 • introduction (The Coming of Conan) • (1953) • essay by L. Sprague de Camp
  • 9 •  Letter to P. Schuyler Miller, March 10, 1936 (“Dear Mr. Miller: / I feel indeed honored…”) • (1953) • essay by Robert E. Howard
  • 13 •  Letter to Donald Wollheim, date unknown (“Dear Wollheim: Here is something which Two-Gun Bob…”) • (1953) • essay by H. P. Lovecraft [as by HPL]
  • 15 • The Hyborian Age: Part 1 • [Conan] • (1953) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard (variant of The Hyborian Age 1938) [as by John D. Clark and Robert E. Howard]
  • 17 • The Shadow Kingdom • [Kull of Valusia] • (1929) • novelette by Robert E. Howard
  • 57 • The Mirrors of Tuzun Thune • [Kull of Valusia] • (1929) • short story by Robert E. Howard
  • 69 • The King and the Oak • [Kull of Valusia] • (1939) • poem by Robert E. Howard
  • 82 • An Informal Biography of Conan the Cimmerian • (1953) • essay by John D. Clark, Ph.D. and P. Schuyler Miller [as by John D. Clark and P. Schuyler Miller]
  • 84 • The Tower of the Elephant • [Conan] • (1933) • novelette by Robert E. Howard
  • 117 • The God in the Bowl • [Conan] • (1952) • short story by Robert E. Howard
  • 140 • Rogues in the House • [Conan] • (1934) • novelette by Robert E. Howard
  • 174 • The Frost-Giant’s Daughter • [Conan] • (1953) • short story by L. Sprague de Camp and Robert E. Howard (variant of The Frost Giant’s Daughter) [as by Robert E. Howard]
  • 185 • Queen of the Black Coast • [Conan] • (1934) • novelette by Robert E. Howard

Notes

Edited by L. Sprague de Camp.
Library of Congress copyright record states publication date is 1953-10-25.
“First Edition” on copyright page. Cover artist credited on rear jacket flap.
de Camp’s introduction has no title.
“The Hyborian Age, Part 1” is split into two parts, the first on pp. 15-16, the remainder pp. 70-81.
“An Informal Biography of Conan the Cimmerian” begins on pp. 82-83, then has pieces at the beginning of each Conan story.

Originally written by Robert E. Howard as a Conan story, “The Frost-Giant’s Daughter,” that was not accepted for publication. REH rewrote the story with a different hero (Amra) and changed the title to “The Frost King’s Daughter.” “The Frost King’s Daughter” was published by THE FANTASY FAN in March 1934 as “Gods of the North.” L. Sprague de Camp found the original manuscript, extensively rewrote it, and named it “The Frost Giant’s Daughter” where it appeared in FANTASY FICTION #1 dated August 1953.
Limited edition of 4000 copies

Source: Wikipedia.

Publisher: Gnome Press
Year : 1953
Book No. : None
Edition : 1st
Format : Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages : 224
Cover : Frank Kelly Freas
Illustrations : None
Facsimile dust jacket

King Conan is the fourth published and contains several Howard stories (see notes and contents).

The Gnome Press edition of Conan was the first hardcover collection of Howard’s Conan stories, including all the original Howard material known to exist at the time, some left unpublished in his lifetime. Not published in order of previous publication, Gnome’s volumes were organized to present the stories in order of their internal chronology, the sole exception being Tales of Conan, which skipped around to present random episodes from various points in the protagonist’s career. Some stories in two of the later volumes (The Coming of Conan and King Conan) were completed or revised by L. Sprague de Camp; another (Tales of Conan) consisted of non-Conan Howard stories that de Camp rewrote as Conan yarns. The last published volume of the Gnome edition was the first Conan story by an author other than Howard, namely Björn Nyberg, and was revised by de Camp.

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