“In all these years I have not learned one single rule for writing fiction. I still write as I did 30 years ago; stories which I feel would entertain me and give me mental relaxation, knowing that there are millions of people just like me who will like the same things I like. Anyway, I have great fun with my imaginings, and I can appreciate–in a small way–the swell time God had in creating the Universe.” – Edgar Rice Burroughs, via Web
Birth Date: January 3, 1892
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Years active: 1911–1950
Genre: Adventure novel, fantasy, lost world, sword and planet, planetary romance, soft science fiction, Western
- Edgar always keeps track of how many he can write every year which also includes writing at least 12 pages per day in his early years. He almost reached many 80 books which include 26 stories of Tarzan.
- Edgar’s philosophy as he described it is “If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.”
- Having a wife, two children and no steady source of income, Edgar gave writing a shot. “Under the Moons of Mars,” was his first novel which he sold to All0Story, he got a fair amount of $400.
Notable Characters Created
Alias: John Clayton
Titles: Viscount Greystoke, The American Ashwin,Earl of Greystoke, Chieftain of the Waziri
Wife: Jane Porter
Affiliations: Enhanced strength, speed, endurance, agility, durability, reflexes & senses, Able to communicate with animals, Skilled hunter and fighter
As an eighteen-year-old young adult, Tarzan meets a young American woman, Jane Porter. She, her father, and others of their party are marooned on exactly the same coastal jungle area where Tarzan’s biological parents were twenty years earlier. When Jane returns to the United States, Tarzan leaves the jungle in search of her, his one true love.
Title: Warlord of Mars
Aliases: Captain Jack Carter of Virginia,Dotar Sojat
When the American Civil War ended he found himself with only a captain’s commission in an army that no longer existed and several hundred thousand dollars (Confederate). In an attempt to regain his fortune he traveled to Arizona to search of gold with the aid another Confederate officer James K. Powell.