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One Who Walked Alone: Robert E. Howard the Final Years Hardcover – September, 1986
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First edition bound in brown cloth with gold lettering. B&W photo illustrations. A Fine copy in a Near Fine rose colored dust jacket. Mild rubs to the dust jacket's corners.
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Cross Plains and Brownwood, Texas in the 1930's was as archaic as any "Hyborian" world conjured by Howard's creative and delusional mind.
Ms. Novalyne Price slowly begins to develop her best character; that of her boy-friend, and main protagonist, Robert E. Howard himself. It is a sad progression of great creativity and yet...depression and insanity that will eventually materialize in the "final curtain act" of a real life human drama play candidly written, by ...Novalyne Price herself.
This is a book that takes some time to finally gain the readers confidence and interest, but once it grabs on, it will not let go until each and every page is turned!
There are naturally, some dry spots in the book, and a great deal of the material written was gleaned from Ms. Price's journaling at the time. The use of her notes, personal letters, and memory make an interesting and worthy read. However, I wish she would have broken the book down into more of the classical "chapter" format. This would have (in my humble opinion), made the book much more "reader-friendly."
None the less, this is a slow-deliberate type of read and should be read with focus and specific intent. Although Ms. Price's writing may not be as colorful as her "old-barbarian" friend, she is...a very good writer none the less!!
This is a book worth having for anyone interested in the life and times of Robert E. Howard, and or... the people who shared his relatively short life.
It captures the texture and difficulty of West Texas perfectly. It is full of powerful ideas on the writing life. It is a bittersweet doomed love story.
Be sure and see "The Whole Wide World" - an excellent film adaptation of this novel. The book and the movie complement each other, they are even better together than apart.