The Conan Swordbook

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The Conan Swordbook
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The Conan Swordbook edited by L. Sprague de Camp and George H. Scithers, Mirage Press, 1969
Author edited by L. Sprague de Camp and George H. Scithers
Cover artist George Barr
Country United States
Language English
Genre Sword and sorcery Essays
Publisher Mirage Press
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages xiii, 255 pp

The Conan Swordbook is a 1969 collection of essays edited by L. Sprague de Camp and George H. Scithers, published in hardcover by Mirage Press. The essays were originally published as articles in Scithers' fanzine Amra. The book is a companion to Mirage’s other two volumes of material from Amra, The Conan Reader (1968) and The Conan Grimoire (1972). Most of the material in the three volumes, together with some additional material, was later reprinted in two de Camp-edited paperback anthologies from Ace Books; The Blade of Conan (1979) and The Spell of Conan (1980).


The book consists of twenty-nine pieces, mostly essays on fantasy writer Robert E. Howard and his seminal sword and sorcery hero Conan the Barbarian, Howard's sources and literary successors, and other fantasy authors such as Talbot Mundy, Eric Rücker Eddison, Edgar Rice Burroughs and A. Merritt. Some original material by Howard is also included.



  • Chalker, Jack L.; Mark Owings (1998). The Science-Fantasy Publishers: A Bibliographic History, 1923-1998. Westminster, MD and Baltimore: Mirage Press, Ltd. p. 416. 
  • Laughlin, Charlotte; Daniel J. H. Levack (1983). De Camp: An L. Sprague de Camp Bibliography. San Francisco: Underwood/Miller. pp. 109–110. 

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