- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Wandering Star; Trade Edition edition (January 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0953425320
- ISBN-13: 978-0953425327
- Package Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,399,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Ultimate Triumph: The Heroic Fantasy of Robert E Howard Hardcover – January, 1999
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Collected in this volume are seven stories and five poems which represent some of the best of Howard's work featuring barbarians. Also included is a forward by Frank Frazetta; an essay from the noted French scholar, Patrice Louinet; a section with excepts from Howard's letters to H.P. Lovecraft in which he discusses "barbarism vs. civilization;" and... a complete set of textual notes, creating a record of any deviations from the meticulously restored and unexpurgated text. Click here for Contents
The book includes unpublished text by Howard and never before published art and illustrations by Frazetta, in three different lavish hardback editions:
* A Classic Edition - featuring over 120 black and white illustrations.
* A Collector's Edition - featuring all black and white illustrations found in the Classic edition, plus four previously unpublished color water-color plates, gilt-edged paper, a golden foil stamped cover, durable stitch binding, an embossed slipcase cover, and a numbered book mark. Each book is individually numbered and limited to one thousand five hundred copies.
* An Ultra Deluxe Edition - This ultra deluxe edition is complete with all the features of the Collector's Edition, plus one additional unpublished color plate, and a beautiful fine leather binding with matching slipcase. Each book is individually numbered, and only one hundred copies will be printed.
Beyond the Black River - The original classic Conan.
The House of Arabu - According to Howard authority Glenn Lord, the first published version of the story, from which all subsequent publications derived, was likely have been "reworked" by Howard's agent, Oscar Friend. BUT - we have an earlier draft of the story from Howard's own typescript. The Ultimate Triumph will feature Pyrrhas the Argive entirely in Howard's own words, for the first time.
Spears of Clontarf - Celtic and Viking warriors: it doesn't get any more Howardian than that! This is Howard's rarely reprinted, original (historical, rather than fantasy) version of the story he later revised as "The Grey God Passes."
The Night of the Wolf - Picts against Viking warriors, with an Irish reaver thrown in for good measure.
Spear and Fang - Cro-Magnon man versus Neanderthal: how much more barbaric can you get? This story was Howard's first professional sale.
The Valley of the Worm - Howard's mythic storytelling at his best.
Lord of Samarcand - The warring Mongols were barbarians, too! But Donald MacDeesa was more so.
An Echo from the Iron Harp - A recently discovered final version of the poem. Differing slightly from its previously published form, this version will appear here for the first time.
A Word from the Outer Dark
The Song of the Last Briton
A Song of the Naked Lands - very hard to find poem, rarely reprinted
The stories are old, but stil thrill. The drawings seem to make each page come to life. And it is all presented in a hardcover of such quality that it is a collector's item. Glad I bought it when I first saw it in Bud Plant Catalog many years ago.