posted on Sep, 4 2011 @ 12:33 PM
Originally posted by DragonsDemesne
I don't think REH himself took it for real... I've read some of his works, and I read somewhere that the reason he used the ideas of Atlantis and
other familiar names from legend and history was basically so that he didn't have to do as much research. People would know what he was talking about
when he used many of these terms, so he didn't have to give as much background in his stories, and his stories were set far enough in the past
(something like 10000BC) that he didn't have to worry about getting very many of the details right. This was important because most of his work was
short fiction, and so he didn't have a lot of space in his writings to devote to setting all that up.
That's it exactly. I'm a longtime REH fan and have read everything I could that he wrote. He was also friends with a number of "pulp" writers
(including Clark Ashton Smith) -- and they all used and reused similar themes. See the
article on him -- I've been to his birthplace and to Cross Plains (where they have
a section devoted to him in their library, including some letters.)
didn't believe this alternate history. They were well educated (better than most people today) and very well read (most of them could
recite classic poetry as well as you can recite your favorite song lyrics, parts of the Bible (correctly, I might add)) and they knew how to research
in greater depth than most people do today.
Because they were writing for people with similar education, they had to put in convincing cultural tidbits when they made up a culture (see Kipling's
poetry and stories for kids on "neolithic age." FAR more sophisticated than many writers of this age, who slather stone knives and bearskins on
modern culture and sentiments and call it "a picture of caveman times."
That "research deeply" characteristic of writers has been lost with the advent of the Internet. People pick information that is convenient and not
necessarily information that's accurate.
edit on 4-9-2011 by Byrd because: (no reason given)