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+% I looked at
+%   http://www.barbariankeep.com/career.html
+% but then based the following on
+%   http://www.barbariankeep.com/career.txt
+% the letter from REH is here:
+%   http://www.barbariankeep.com/millerlet.html
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+\chapter{Hyborian Chronology}
+\label{chapter:career}
+\titledsections{}
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+\begin{quote}\small
+In 1936, P.\ Schuyler Miller and John D.\ Clark sent a possible
+chronology of the Conan stories published in \emph{Weird Tales}
+to Robert E.\ Howard.
+%
+Howard responded with the letter below which seems to endorse
+their work.
+%
+The chronology as reprinted here is the \emph{revised} version
+(after Howard's comments had been incorporated) which was first
+published in the fanzine \emph{The Hyborian Age} in 1938.
+%
+I fixed a few typographical issues.\\
+\null\hfill --- \emph{The Editor} %\emph{Peter H.\ Fr\"{o}hlich}
+\end{quote}
+%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
+
+\section{Letter from Robert E.\ Howard\\
+to P.\ Schuyler Miller}
+
+\begin{flushright}
+Lock Box 313\\
+Cross Plains, Texas\\
+March 10, 1936
+\end{flushright}
+
+\noindent
+Dear Mr.\ Miller:\\
+
+I feel indeed honored that you and Dr.\ Clark should be so interested
+in Conan as to work out an outline of his career and a map of his
+environs. Both are surprisingly accurate, considering the vagueness
+of the data you had to work with. I have the original map---that is
+the one I drew up when I first started writing about Conan---around
+here somewhere and I'll see if I can't find it and let you have a
+look at it. It includes only the countries west of Vilayet and north
+of Kush. I've never attempted to map the southern and eastern kingdoms,
+though I have a fairly clear outline of their geography in my mind.
+However, in writing about them I feel a certain amount of license,
+since the inhabitants of the western Hyborian nations were about as
+ignorant concerning the peoples and countries of the south and east
+as the people of medieval Europe were ignorant of Africa and Asia.
+In writing about the western Hyborian nations I feel confined within
+the limits of known and inflexible boundaries and territories, but in
+fictionizing the rest of the world, I feel able to give my imagination
+freer play. That is, having adopted a certain conception of geography
+and ethnology, I feel compelled to abide by it, in the interests of
+consistency. My conception of the east and south is not so definite
+or so arbitrary.
+
+Concerning Kush, however, it is one of the black kingdoms south of
+Stygia, the northern-most, in fact, and has given its name to the
+whole southern coast. Thus, when an Hyborian speaks of Kush, he is
+generally speaking of not the kingdom itself, one of many such
+kingdoms, but of the Black Coast in general. And he is likely to
+speak of any black man as a Kushite, whether he happens to be a
+Keshani, Darfari, Puntan, or Kushite proper. This is natural, since
+the Kushites were the first black men with whom the Hyborians came
+in contact---Barachan pirates trafficking with and raiding them.
+
+As for Conan's eventual fate---frankly I can't predict it. In writing
+these yarns I've always felt less as creating them than as if I were
+simply chronicling his adventures as he told them to me. That's why
+they skip about so much, without following a regular order. The
+average adventurer, telling tales of a wild life at random, seldom
+follows any ordered plan, but narrates episodes widely separated by
+space and years, as they occur to him.
+
+Your outline follows his career as I have visualized it pretty closely.
+The differences are minor. As you deduct, Conan was about seventeen
+when he was introduced to the public in ``The Tower of the Elephant.''
+While not fully matured, he was riper than the average civilized
+youth at that age. He was born on a battle field, during a fight between
+his tribe and a horde of raiding Vanir. The country claimed by and
+roved over by his clan lay in the northwest of Cimmerian, but Conan
+was of mixed blood, although a pure-bred Cimmerian. His grandfather
+was a member of a southern tribe who had fled from his own people
+because of a blood-feud and after long wanderings, eventually taken
+refuge with the people of the north. He had taken part in many raids
+into the Hyborian nations in his youth, before his flight, and perhaps
+it was the tales he told of those softer countries which roused in
+Conan, as a child, a desire to see them. There are many things
+concerning Conan's life of which I am not certain myself. I do not
+know, for instance, when he got his first sight of civilized people.
+It might have been at Vanarium, or he might have made a peaceable
+visit to some frontier town before that. At Vanarium he was already
+a formidable antagonist, though only fifteen. He stood six feet and
+weighed 180 pounds, though he lacked much of having his full growth.
+
+There was the space of about a year between Vanarium and his entrance
+into the thief-city of Zamora. During this time he returned to the
+northern territories of his tribe, and made his first journey beyond
+the boundaries of Cimmeria. This, strange to say, was north instead
+of south. Why or how, I am not certain, but he spent some months among
+a tribe of the \AE{}sir, fighting with the Vanir and the Hyperboreans,
+and developing a hate for the latter which lasted all his life and
+later affected his policies as king of Aquilonia. Captured by them,
+he escaped southward and came into Zamora in time to make his debut
+in print.
+
+I am not sure that the adventure chronicled in ``Rogues in the House''
+occurred in Zamora. The presence of opposing factions of politics
+would seem to indicate otherwise, since Zamora was an absolute
+despotism where differing political opinions were not tolerated. I am
+of the opinion that the city was one of the small city-states lying
+just west of Zamora, and into which Conan had wandered after leaving
+Zamora. Shortly after this he returned for a brief period to Cimmeria,
+and there were other returns to his native land from time to time.
+The chronological order of his adventures is about as you have worked
+it out, except that they covered a little more time. Conan was about
+forty when he seized the crown of Aquilonia, and was about forty-four
+or forty-five at the time of ``The Hour of the Dragon.'' He had no
+male heir at that time, because he had never bothered to formally make
+some woman his queen, and the sons of concubines, of which he had a
+goodly number, were not recognized as heirs to the throne.
+
+He was, I think, king of Aquilonia for many years, in a turbulent and
+unquiet reign, when the Hyborian civilization had reached its most
+magnificent high-tide, and every king had imperial ambitions. At first
+he fought on the defensive, but I am of the opinion that at last he
+was forced into wars of aggression as a matter of self-preservation.
+Whether he succeeded in conquering a world-wide empire, or perished
+in the attempt, I do not know.
+
+He travelled widely, not only before his kingship, but after he was
+king. He travelled to Khitai and Hyrkania, and to the even less known
+regions north of the latter and south of the former. He even visited
+a nameless continent in the western hemisphere, and roamed among the
+islands adjacent to it. How much of this roaming will get into print,
+I cannot foretell with any accuracy. I was much interested in your
+remarks concerning findings on the Yamal Peninsula, the first time
+I had heard anything about that. Doubtless Conan had first-hand
+acquaintance with the people who evolved the culture described, or
+their ancestors, at least.
+
+Hope you find ``The Hyborian Age'' interesting. I'm enclosing a copy
+of the original map. Yes, Napoli's done very well with Conan, though
+at times he seems to give him a sort of Latin cast of the countenance
+which isn't according to type, as I conceive it. However, that isn't
+enough to kick about.
+
+Hope the enclosed data answers your questions satisfactorily; I'd be
+delighted to discuss any other phases you might wish, or go into more
+details about any point of Conan's career or Hyborian history or
+geography you might desire. Thanks again for your interest, and best
+wishes, for yourself and Dr.\ Clark.
+
+\vspace{\baselineskip}
+\noindent
+Cordially,\\[\baselineskip]
+Robert E. Howard
+
+\vspace{\baselineskip}
+\noindent
+P.S.\ You didn't mention whether you wanted the map and chronology
+returned, so I'm taking the liberty of retaining them to show to
+some friends, if you want them back, please let me know.
+
+%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
+
+\section{A Probable Outline of Conan's Career\\
+by P.\ Schuyler Miller \& John D.\ Clark, Ph.D.}
+
+The career of Conan, the Cimmerian adventurer, as described in the
+published chronicles dealing with his adventures, is divisible into
+a number of fairly well-defined periods or stages. The chronological
+order of his adventures, as deduced from the chronicles, is based
+largely on circumstantial evidence, save for a few definite and
+sometimes contradictory statements as to things which have gone before.
+Information on his earlier days, his age at various states in his
+career, and on some intermediate periods has been taken from a letter
+from the recorder of his history, the late Robert E.\ Howard. 
+
+\textbf{A.}
+Conan, the barbarian, was born into a clan claiming an area in
+the northwest of Cimmeria. His grandfather was a member of a
+southern tribe who fled from his own people because of a blood-feud,
+and after long wanderings took refuge with the people of the north.
+
+Conan himself was born on the battlefield, during a fight between
+his tribe and a horde of raiding Vanir. There is no record to show
+when he got his first sight of civilized people; however, at the age
+of 15, he received his baptism of blood at the siege of the border
+city of Venarium, between Gunderland and Cimmeria. At that time,
+though he was far from having attained his full growth, Conan stood
+six feet tall and weighed 180 pounds.
+
+After the siege of Venarium, he returned to his tribe and spent some
+months with a band of the \AE{}sir, fighting with the Vanir and the
+Hyperboreans. Captured by the Hyperboreans, he escaped and made his
+way south into the thief-city of Zamora. At this time he was about 17.
+
+Green to civilization, and entirely lawless by nature, he found the
+most congenial life that of a professional thief in Zamora and later
+in the small city-states to the west of that exotic kingdom. Taking
+service in one of these nameless states with the harried Prince
+Murilo, he has a taste of fighting as a profession, and being
+tired of the decadent life of a thief he sets out to look over the
+rest of the civilized world, with an eye to making it his oyster. 
+
+\textbf{1. The Tower of the Elephant (Weird Tales, March 1933):}
+The earliest of the published chronicles, and one of Conan's
+first adventures in the thief-city of Zamora. He is still a
+youth, more daring than adroit at thievery, and has yet to
+earn a reputation among other followers of his profession. 
+
+\textbf{2. Rogues in the House (Weird Tales, January 1934):}
+Conan may by this time be 19 or even 20. He is temperamentally
+older and more experienced, as well as very definitely a harder
+customer. Getting his first taste of professional fighting and
+Hyborian intrigue, he rather likes the idea, and with a horse
+of his own he sets out to crack the western world. 
+
+\textbf{B.}
+Riding westward into Corinthia, Conan becomes a mercenary soldier
+under one of the many roving generals of that time. He fares well
+and learns much of the art of civilized war among the Hyborian
+kingdoms.
+
+During a lull in the wars, he returns for a short time to his
+native Cimmeria, but the love of adventure again draws him south.
+He continues to prosper as a soldier, finally arriving in the
+seacoast kingdom of Argos, where a brush with the law forces him
+to ship with a coastwise trader, southward bound.
+
+Off the coasts of Kush the ship is boarded by black corsairs
+under the Shemitish she-devil, B\^{e}lit. Conan joins her
+crew, becomes her consort, and for a long time they harry the
+Hyborian and Stygian ports. During this stage of his career,
+Conan gains the name of Amra, the Lion, which is to follow him
+throughout his later life, especially among the blacks.
+
+He becomes quite familiar with some of the more southerly Kushite
+kingdoms through raids for slaves and on traders. When, at length,
+B\^{e}lit is killed by the survivors of an ancient race of winged
+men, Conan is left afoot somewhere on the southern coasts of Kush.
+B\^{e}lit has been the first great love of his life, and he will
+probably not follow the sea again for some time to come. 
+
+\textbf{3. Queen of the Black Coast (Weird Tales, May 1934):}
+Covering Conan's career as chief of the black corsairs and
+lover of B\^{e}lit. He may be about 23 at the time he
+arrives in Argos, and 26 or 27 when B\^{e}lit is killed. 
+
+\textbf{C.}
+Penniless after his long trek north through the black kingdoms,
+where his reputation as Amra has stood him is good stead, Conan
+reenters mercenary service in the western nations, working up to
+the position of captain under Amalric, the Nemedian. Amalric has
+hired out to fight the battles of Yasmela, the queen-regent of
+the little border kingdom of Khoraja. Her brother, King Khossus,
+is the captive of the penurious King Amalrus of Ophir; and
+Strabonus of Koth, with other enemies, is eager to reabsorb
+Khoraja into his empire. Conan is chosen by chance to lead
+Yasmela's defense against an attack from the south, and has what
+may be the first brush with high-power sorcery, as dealt out by
+the resurrected Thugra Khotan of Kuthchemes. He wins the war and
+the queen, but his pride refuses to let him be ``Mister Queen''
+to any woman, and he drops out of sight again, to return for a
+short time to Cimmeria and possible skirmishes with the northern
+tribes, including his old enemies the Hyperboreans. 
+
+\textbf{4. Black Colossus (Weird Tales, June 1933):}
+The Khoraja episode. At this time, Conan may be about 27. He
+stays in Cimmeria only for a short time before wandering again. 
+
+\textbf{D.}
+Conan's life as a corsair and a mercenary have stirred the spirit
+of fighting and rich plunder in his blood, and when he hears of
+war in the south he returns to the Hyborian kingdoms. A rebel
+prince of Koth is fighting to overthrow Strabonus, and Conan
+enlists with many of his ilk in the rebel army. Unfortunately the
+prince makes peace with Strabonus, and Conan, with his fellow
+mercenaries, is thrown out of work and reduced more or less to
+the level of an outlaw. Banded together as the Free Companions,
+they harry the borders of Koth, Zamora, and Turan, and finally
+gravitate to the steppes west of the Sea of Vilayet, where a
+ruffian band known as the kozaks has been building itself up
+over a period of many years. Becoming their leader, he ravages
+the outposts of the Turanian empire until King Yildiz sends out
+a small force under Shah Amurath, who routs them for the time
+being. Escaping, Conan joins the Vilayet pirates for a time, but
+finding his kozaks scattered, leaves them and works west again
+into the border states. Meanwhile, King Yildiz of Turan has died
+or been deposed, and his successor, Yezdigerd, embarks on a
+program of imperialism which is to make him master of the
+greatest empire on Earth. 
+
+\textbf{5. Shadows in the Moonlight (Weird Tales, April 1934):}
+The short episode between the defeat and scattering of the kozak
+hordes by Shah Amurath and Conan's taking over of Sergius' pirates.
+He is about 28. 
+
+\textbf{E.}
+After minor adventures, Conan becomes captain of the royal guard
+in the frontier kingdom of Khauran, on the eastern edge of Koth.
+Taramis, the queen of Khauran, is overthrown by her sorceress
+sister, and Conan's life is saved by a former kozak companion,
+Olgerd Vladislov, who has become chief of the Zuagir tribesmen
+of the desert after the breakup of the kozaks. Conan promptly
+deposes him, rallies Taramis' adherents to revolt, and retakes
+the kingdom, but chooses to remain with the Zuagirs as their
+chief. A year or more later, tiring of the desert life, he
+leaves them, far to the south in the city of Zamboula, the
+western-most outpost of Yezdigerd's growing empire. Here, after
+rescuing the Turanian satrap, Jungir Khan, from the magic of a
+priest of Hanuman, he steals the satrap's ring and heads north
+and west for Ophir, where the queen will redeem it for a
+sizable reward if no better market offers. 
+
+\textbf{6. A Witch Shall be Born (Weird Tales, December 1934):}
+The adventure in Khauran. Yezdigerd's empire-builders are already
+being felt along the border, but the western states seem too busy
+with internal bickering and intrigues to notice the danger. Conan
+is 30 when he joins the Zuagirs; 31 when he leaves them. 
+
+\textbf{7. Shadows in Zamboula (Weird Tales, November 1935):}
+Conan has just left the Zuagirs, far to the south along the
+north-eastern border of Stygia, where black slaves are common
+and dangerous. After his brush with a mixture of cannibals and
+sorcery, he sets out for Ophir with a gem and a horse. 
+
+\textbf{F.}
+Whether Conan reached Ophir and redeemed his gem, or lost it to
+some thief along the road, there is no record. In any case,
+the proceeds cannot have lasted him long. Perhaps he pays another
+short visit to Cimmeria, then, moving east after his welcome has
+worn off, he hears that the kozaks have regained their old vim
+and vigor, and are making Yezdigerd's life as miserable as possible.   
+Arriving among them with nothing but his sword, and finding a
+few old friends who remember his former leadership, he cuts his
+way through whatever opposition materializes and becomes their
+leader again. His old friends the pirates are hand in glove with
+the kozaks, and between them they succeed in making King Yezdigerd's
+position very uncomfortable. Efforts to trap him fail, and he
+manages to build up the kozaks into a pretty formidable gang before
+deciding to adventure southeastward to the borders of Vendhya. Here,
+as war-chief of the Afghuli tribesmen in the foothills of the
+Himelias, he seriously annoys both the Vendhyans and Yezdigerd's
+frontier-breakers, who are busily carrying out the Turanian king's
+policy of expansion on the southeastern frontier. He thwarts one
+plot to defeat the Devi of Vendhya, on the part of a group of
+sorcerers linked with the Turanians, and himself makes her eat
+dirt before he leaves his Afghulis to return to the kozaks. 
+
+\textbf{8. The Devil in Iron (Weird Tales, August 1934):}
+The height of the second kozak episode. Somewhere about 32 or
+33, he makes the kozaks a real threat to King Yezdigerd, before
+feeling the urge to be off and riding south to Vendhya. 
+
+\textbf{9. The People of the Black Circle (Weird Tales, September 1934):}
+The Vendhyan episode. Conan rises quickly to chieftainship of
+the Afghulis, who understand the language of the sword, and may
+be nearly 34 when he goes back to his kozaks. 
+
+\textbf{G.}
+There are big wars in the west. Almuric, prince of Koth, has again
+rebelled against the unpopular King Strabonus, and this time has
+enough backing to garner an army from far and wide. Conan finds
+that most of his kozaks, ex-mercenaries like himself, have scented
+loot and joined in on one side or the other. Conan follows suit,
+signing up with his old employer Amalrus. The rebel cause fails,
+and Amalrus and his army are driven south, cutting their way through
+Shem and Stygia into the grasslands of Kush, where they are wiped
+out by the combined black and Stygian forces at the edge of the
+southern desert. Escaping with Natala, a Brythunian camp-follower,
+Conan heads into the desert, and after a short session with magic
+at the forgotten city of Xuthal, reaches the southern grasslands
+of the black kingdoms, where he is known of old. Making his way to
+the coast, he is picked up by Barachan pirates and goes back to the
+sea for his living. 
+
+\textbf{10. The Slithering Shadow (Weird Tales, September 1933):}
+The episode in Xuthal, with mention of the campaign with Amalrus.
+Conan should now be about 35, and being completely broke will not
+waste time in the relatively poor country of the black tribes,
+south of the desert. 
+
+\textbf{H.}
+For a considerable length of time, Conan remains one of the Barachan
+pirates, but the organization of the various bands is rather loose,
+and Conan finds little opportunity for one even with his background
+to gain a high position. He slips out of a tight spot and is valiantly
+swimming the ocean when he is picked up by the Zingaran buccaneer,
+Zaporavo, whom he promptly deposes, taking over the Zingaran's
+mistress, Sancha, with his ship and his crew for a long voyage to the
+south and west. Returning after an unpleasant brush with black magic
+on an unknown isle, Conan is for a while highly successful as a
+buccaneer, until other Zingaran ships bring him down off the coasts
+of Shem, and he is forced to escape inland. 
+
+\textbf{11. The Pool of the Black One (Weird Tales, October 1933):}
+The end of Conan's stay with the Barachans, and the beginning of his
+career as a Zingaran buccaneer. He is about 37 at the end of this
+episode. 
+
+\textbf{I.}
+Hearing that wars are in the offing along the borders of Stygia,
+Conan joins the Free Companions, a seemingly generic name for
+mercenary companies, under Zarallo. Dispatched to the post at
+Sukhmet, on the frontier between Stygia and Darfar, he grows weary
+of black men and women, and when Valeria, a woman pirate who has
+joined the Brotherhood, leaves the camp and heads south, Conan
+follows her into the black kingdoms far to the south of Stygia
+and Kush. Here another brush with a lost race in the jungle city
+of Xuchotl leaves them stranded in the wilderness on their way
+west to the more familiar kingdoms where Conan is known. 
+
+\textbf{12. Red Nails (Weird Tales, July 1936):}
+The end of Conan's buccaneer days, and the story of his trek to
+the south with Valeria, to Xuchotl and its dragons, and other
+parts unknown. 
+
+\textbf{J.}
+Somewhere Conan loses Valeria. Hearing of the fabulous Teeth of
+Gwahlur, legendary jewels hidden somewhere in the black kingdom
+of Keshan, he signs up as a trainer for Keshan's armies. Losing
+the jewels, he goes over to the neighboring kingdom of Punt to
+see how much he can make at simple swindling, from there to the
+trade-centers of Zembabwe, and via various caravans northward
+into Turan and the Hyborian realms. 
+
+\textbf{13. Jewels of Gwahlur (Weird Tales, March 1935):}
+The adventure in Keshan. Conan may be a little over 38 at this
+stage in his career. 
+
+\textbf{K.}
+After another trip home to Cimmeria, Conan enlists as a scout
+in Conajohara, on the Aquilonian border, where a fierce war with
+the Picts is in progress. Numedides of Aquilonia is a feeble sort
+of king, and when the border barons revolt against his injustices
+and his handling of the Pictish wars, Conan seizes his chance,
+kills Numedides on his throne, and becomes the king of Aquilonia. 
+
+\textbf{14. Beyond the Black River (Weird Tales, May 1935):}
+Conan as a scout in Conajohara, fighting against the Pictish
+wizard, Zogar Sag. This is very shortly before he seized the
+throne; he may be 39. 
+
+\textbf{L.}
+As King of Aquilonia, Conan's life is no bed of houris. His first
+major conflict is a civil war in which an attempt is made to put
+an Aquilonian king on the throne. This is followed by a plot
+between Amalrus of Ophir and Strabonus of Koth, in which both
+enemy kings lose their lives. Throughout this battling to hold
+his throne, Count Trocero of Poitain and his general, Prospero,
+remain faithful to him. The greatest threat to his kingdom comes
+when Nemedia actually succeeds in deposing him for a time, but
+Conan overcomes hostile sorcery to return and regain his kingdom
+and the loyalty of his people. His career from this point, with
+the more important of the barons, led by Trocero, solidly behind
+him, is relatively smoother. There are more wars, both of defense
+and aggression---probably a brush with Turan as the two empires
+become more and more rivals---and during his life as king, Conan
+frequently travels into far corners of the world---in Khitai and
+Hyrkania, and the regions beyond, and even to a nameless continent
+in the western hemisphere. At the time of the Nemedian war, he had
+no heirs, and no queen, though it seems probable that he gave that
+honor to the girl, Zenobia. How far he spread the bounds of
+Aquilonia, or where his career finally ended, not even legend
+tells. 
+
+\textbf{15. The Phoenix on the Sword (Weird Tales, December 1932):}
+The first revolt against Conan's rule. He was about 40 when he
+seized the throne of Aquilonia, and is nearly 41 at this time. 
+
+\textbf{16. The Scarlet Citadel (Weird Tales, January 1933):}
+The war with Koth and Ophir. This is Conan's first war with other
+kingdoms. It follows very shortly after the civil war, when
+Aquilonia is still weakened by revolt. 
+
+\textbf{17. The Hour of the Dragon  (Weird Tales, December 1935):}
+The last of the published chronicles, describing the war with Nemedia
+in which Conan came within a hair's breadth of losing life and kingdom
+completely. The episode itself takes well over a year, and Conan is
+about 45 when he finally regains his throne. He has still a long and
+adventurous career before him, as king of Aquilonia and as a wanderer
+over the face of the Earth. Zenobia, the girl who helped him in his
+escape from Nemedia, has become his queen, so that he will have heirs
+to carry on after his death, unless the kingdom is split apart by
+quarreling barons. 
+
+\separator{}
+
+\noindent
+\textbf{Addenda:} Several of these stories were serials, namely ``People of the
+Black Circle''---3 parts, ``Red Nails''---3, ``Beyond the Black
+River''---2, and ``The Hour of the Dragon''---5.
+
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+\endinput
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+%\vspace{0.5in}
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 %{\Huge\scshape Hyborian Tales}
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 \begin{center}
 {\Huge Hyborian Tales}\\[0.25in]
 A Collection of Classic Sword \& Sorcery Fiction by\\[0.25in]
 Compilation, Layout, and Editing\\[\baselineskip]
 \href{http://nilisnotnull.blogspot.com/}{Peter H.\ Fr\"{o}hlich}
 \end{center}
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+%\vspace{0.5in}
 \newpage
 
 \thispagestyle{empty}
 complete credits.
 The final version will have credits for
 all source material used.}
+
 \vfill
+
 \subsubsection*{Source Material}
 %
 To the best of our knowledge,
 the Robert E.\ Howard stories collected here are in the
 \href{http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Public_domain}{Public Domain}.
 %
-They were originally published between 1934 and 1936 in
+They were originally published between 1932 and 1936 in
 a variety of pulp magazines such as \emph{Weird Tales},
 \emph{The Fantasy Fan}, and \emph{The Phantagraph}.
 %
-The stories were transcribed for
-\href{http://www.gutenberg.org/}{Project Gutenberg}
-by a number of volunteers, including
+The stories were transcribed by a number of volunteers,
+including
+(for \href{http://www.gutenberg.org/}{Project Gutenberg})
 Greg Weeks, Mary Meehan, Stephen Blundell, and
-the \href{http://www.pgdp.net/}{Online Distributed Proofreading Team}.
-%
-\subsubsection*{Hyborian Tales Collection}
+the \href{http://www.pgdp.net/}{Online Distributed Proofreading Team}
+and
+(for \href{http://gutenberg.net.au/}{Project Gutenberg Australia})
+Richard Scott, Colin Choat, and Roy Glashan.
+
+\subsubsection*{Hyborian Tales}
 %
 This collection was produced by
 \href{http://nilisnotnull.blogspot.org}{Peter H.\ Fr\"{o}hlich}.
-%with help from \href{}{Nathanael Farley}.
 %
 It was typeset in
 \href{http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitstream_Charter}{Bitstream Charter}
 using
 \href{http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LaTeX}{\LaTeX{}}.
 %
-The original texts from
-\href{http://www.gutenberg.org}{Project Gutenberg}
+The original texts
 were edited for typographical consistency only.
 %
 The collection is licensed under a
 \href{http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en_US}
 {Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License}.
 %
-The primary repository for this collection is
-\href{http://bitbucket.org/phf/hyborian-tales/}{http://bitbucket.org/phf/hyborian-tales/}
+The primary repository is
+\href{http://bitbucket.org/phf/hyborian-tales/}{bitbucket.org/phf/hyborian-tales}
+
+\subsubsection*{Special Thanks}
+%
+\href{}{Nathanael Farley} helped with layout issues.
 %
+\href{http://www.barbariankeep.com/}{Edward A.\ Waterman} provided
+the material for Appendix \ref{chapter:career}.
+
 \newpage
 
 %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
 % still need covers for the magazines? or are
 % those too colorful for a "serious" book?
 
-% these are the Project Gutenberg stories I started with
-
-\input{gods_north} % March 1934
-\input{shadows_moonlight} % April 1934
-\input{queen_black_coast} % May 1934
-\input{devil_iron} % August 1934
-\input{people_black_circle} % September 1934
-\input{witch_born} % December 1934 % not happy with quotes in quotes
+% PG = Project Gutenberg, PGA = Project Gutenberg Australia
+% overall the PG stories seem more "reliable" in terms of
+% their transcription, but the PGA stories don't seem to
+% be "wrong" either; it would be nice to eventually verify
+% them all against the original prints
 
-\input{jewels_gwahlur} % March 1935
-\input{beyond_black_river} % May 1935
-\input{shadows_zamboula} % November 1935
+\input{phoenix_sword} % PGA December 1932
 
-\input{hour_dragon} % December 1935-April 1936
+\input{scarlet_citadel} % PGA January 1933
+\input{tower_elephant} % PGA March 1933
+\input{black_colossus} % PGA June 1933
+\input{slithering_shadow} % PGA September 1933
+\input{pool_black} % PGA October 1933
 
-\input{hyborian_age} % February, August, and October-November 1936
-\input{red_nails} % July, August-September, October 1936
+\input{rogues_house} % PGA January 1934
+\input{gods_north} % PG March 1934
+\input{shadows_moonlight} % PG April 1934
+\input{queen_black_coast} % PG May 1934
+\input{devil_iron} % PG August 1934
+\input{people_black_circle} % PG September 1934
+\input{witch_born} % PG December 1934 % not happy with quotes in quotes
 
-% these are stories from the Australian Project Gutenberg
-% that I became aware of 2013/08/11; they don't seem to be
-% transcribed as well (some of the above stories were also
-% available, but lacked details like accents on letters and
-% the like, hence my "not as good" impression)
+\input{jewels_gwahlur} % PG March 1935
+\input{beyond_black_river} % PG May 1935
+\input{shadows_zamboula} % PG November 1935
 
-\input{cimmeria_poem} % February 1932, unpublished?
-\input{phoenix_sword} % December 1932
+\input{hour_dragon} % PG December 1935-April 1936
 
-\input{scarlet_citadel} % January 1933
-\input{tower_elephant} % March 1933
-\input{black_colossus} % June 1933
-\input{slithering_shadow} % September 1933
-\input{pool_black} % October 1933
+\input{red_nails} % PG July, August-September, October 1936
 
-\input{rogues_house} % January 1934
+\appendix
+\input{cimmeria_poem} % February 1932, unpublished? longer version?
+\input{hyborian_age} % PG February, August, and October-November 1936
+\input{conan_career} % 1938
 
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 \end{document}