“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

Author Profile

Birth Date: September 1, 1875
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
Nationality: American

Interesting Facts

  • 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.

Featured Books

Notable Characters Created

+ Tarzan

+ John Carter