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    [Robert E. Howard, association]. [Lin Carter, L. Sprague de Camp]. Conan the Barbarian. [ca. 1981]. Carter's Typed manuscript, first draft of the film novelization (Bantam Books, 1982).

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    [Robert E. Howard, association]. [Lin Carter and L. Sprague de Camp]. Conan the Barbarian. [n.p., n.d., ca. 1981]. Typed manuscript of the first draft of the film novelization of Conan the Barbarian (Bantam Books, 1982). Lin Carter's typed first draft.

    Carter's typed manuscript, with his ink corrections throughout. With a hand-written title-page, signed by Carter. Quarto. Approximately 11 x 8.5 inches on different styles of plain white paper. 1 [handwritten title-page], 14, 12, 1, 56[sic]-239 leaves, rectos only.  Some toning, minor wear. Very good. [Together With:]. L. Sprague de Camp. Typed Letter Signed. Villanova, PA, 21 Mar. 81. On personal white stationery. One quarto page on one leaf. Approximately 11 x 8.5 inches. Some toning at edges, a few creases, else very good. Addressed "Dear Lin," with the original mailing envelope.  In this genial letter, de Camp says how nice it was to see Carter at a party (that de Camp threw) the previous night, and asks Carter if he had gotten a third draft of John Milius' screenplay for the film, Conan the Barbarian, and if Carter has it, to send it along to de Camp. He ends the letter by writing, "I would have telephoned you save that you have no telephone. How in hell can you make a living writing if agents and editors can't 'phone you?/Regards,/Sprague [signature in blue ink]".

    The novelization that Lin Carter, L. Sprague de Camp, and Catherine Crook de Camp (she was uncredited) collaborated on was published by Bantam Books in 1982 as a novelization of the 1982 Universal Studios film, written and directed by John Milius. Carter wrote the first draft (this lot), L. Sprague de Camp wrote the second one (evidently based on the third draft of Milius' script that he requests in the accompanying letter), and Catherine Crook de Camp wrote the third (and final) draft (L. Sprague de Camp stated that "Credit for such virtues as this novel may possess should go to her").

    Laughlin, Levack, De Camp: An L. Sprague de Camp Bibliography, p. 39. Canby, "Film View: Questions Grown in the Dark," New York Times, June 6, 1982, pp. H19-20.

    From the John McLaughlin/Book Sail Collection.



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