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One Who Walked Alone: Robert E. Howard the Final Years Hardcover – September, 1986
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Novalyne Price first met Bob Howard in the late spring of 1933, at her farm in Brownwood, Texas, where they were introduced by a mutual friend, Clyde Smith. Clyde knew that Novalyne, just out of college and an aspiring writer, wanted to meet him-- a real writer who actually made his living doing what he loved. It was a brief visit, and Novalyne would not see Bob again until the fall of 1934, when she landed a job teaching drama and speech at the local High School in the small town of Cross Plains, not too far from her family farm in Brownwood. She was happy to have the job, times being what they were, but she was even more thrilled because Cross Plains was where Bob Howard lived with his parents. And once she had settled in at the Hemphill's boarding house that would be her home during the school year, she took the initiative and contacted Bob. It was the beginning of a close and sometimes stormy relationship, during which Novalyne got as close to Bob as any woman could possibly get.Read more ›
If I would have looked at the book from an unbiased, outside perspective (before viewing the movie), I would naievly have said that I didn't think I would be interested in it. I did not know who Robert E. Howard was before seeing the movie. Sure, I was familiar with Conan, but it had never peaked my interest, certainly not enough to read a novel based on the author's life.
Having said that, I NOW would say that this novel can be read and appreciated by any type of person. While for obvious reasons it would be interesting to Robert E. Howard literature fans, I believe it also would be extremely comforting to those who have lost a close companion to suicide, as well as enlightening to those who are judgmental at times.
True, the novel is mostly dialogue and thus may seem rather monotonous, but I beg to differ. I could not put this book down. It captured my interest and my heart immediately. In my opinion, Novalyne Price Ellis finally achieved her goal of becoming a successful writer. She certainly won me over. I applaud both her writing skills and her beautiful life story.
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.
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Beautifully written, as good as the movie THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD, which is based on this book.Published 8 months ago by MARIANNE Y.
A great insight to some of the final years of Robert E. Howard, from someone who was there. I enjoyed not only reading about the relationship that Novalyne shared with him but... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Bradley Myers
As far as biographies go it's an okay book. Howard had kind of a tough life and thats what the book goes into, it was written by the gal he had a relationship with so it's as... Read morePublished on November 15, 2013 by Risenheart Consulting
Donald M. Grant has been one of the publishers who has given Robert E. Howard a new life amongst readers and book collectors. Read morePublished on July 22, 2013 by doc3d
This book pulled the curtain back for me on Howard's life and Mrs. Ellis. Fantastic book and the movie (Whole Wide World)Published on July 19, 2013 by Jessie R. Smith Jr.
I never thought I'd be buying a book about the man who wrote Conan the Barbarian but after seeing the movie I wanted to read about Robert Howard and Novalyne. Read morePublished on January 16, 2013 by Ruby Jean the movie queen
I loved this book for its wonderful setting in the 30s. Because the telling is taken from Novalyne's diaries, it really is very detailed about how Novalyne and Robert lived. Read morePublished on August 3, 2011 by lindagwen
For all too many years we had to live with scholars on Howard who either tried to psychoanalyze him from afar or, like L. Read morePublished on February 15, 2010 by L. Cabos