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The two most important of these, Tevis Clyde Smith and Truett Vinson, shared his Bohemian and literary outlook on life, and together they wrote amateur papers and magazines, exchanged long letters filled with poetry and existential thoughts on life and philosophy, and encouraged each other's writing endeavors.Through Vinson, Howard was introduced to The Tattler, the newspaper of the Brownwood High School.Howard was considered by friends to be eidetic, and astounded them with his ability to memorize lengthy reams of poetry with ease after one or two readings.That same year, sitting in a library in New Orleans while his father took medical courses at a nearby college, Howard discovered a book concerned with the scant fact and abundant legends surrounding an indigenous culture in ancient Scotland called the Picts.

Hester Howard, meanwhile, came to believe that she had married below herself. Hester did not want Isaac to have anything to do with their son.

Now that his career in fiction had begun, Howard dropped out of Howard Payne College at the end of the semester and returned to Cross Plains.

Shortly afterwards, he received notice that another story, "The Hyena," had been accepted by Weird Tales.

Robert Ervin Howard (January 22, 1906 – June 11, 1936) was an American author who wrote pulp fiction in a diverse range of genres.

He is well known for his character Conan the Barbarian and is regarded as the father of the sword and sorcery subgenre. He spent most of his life in the town of Cross Plains, with some time spent in nearby Brownwood.

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