Master of Fantasy Literature: Robert E. Howard


Famous for his Conan the Barbarian character, this class will explore Robert E. Howard’s use of ancient Ireland and Britain to create unique “sword and sorcery” fiction.

Course text: Robert E. Howard, The Best of Robert E. Howard Volume 1: Crimson Shadows. Del Rey paperback. 2007.

4 Zoom sessions. Tuesdays. 6:30 -7:45 pm. November 1 – 22.  

Class fee: $100

  • Online payment is strongly preferred. It automatically notifies the instructor and the director of the Irish College of your registration.
  • By check, make it out to ‘Celtic Junction Arts Center’ and mail to Irish College, Celtic Junction Arts Center, 836 Prior Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55104.  If you pay by check, please send an email to the instructor, Dr. Patrick O’Donnell at education@celticjunction.orgWithout an email, we won’t know to expect you or how to communicate with you.
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Considered the greatest American master of twentieth-century fantasy “sword and sorcery” fiction, the amazing Texan Robert E. Howard (1906-1936) is famous for his Conan the Barbarian character. Hugely influenced and preoccupied by Irish and Celtic themes and mythology for a significant period of his writing life, Howard invented stories set in ancient Pictish Scotland and in Ireland at the time of the Vikings and King Brian Boru. This class will explore his use of ancient Ireland and Britain to create unique fantasy. A friend of H.P. Lovecraft and influenced by the great Anglo-Irish author Lord Dunsany, he achieved a body of extraordinary work that continues to inspire and amaze.