“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
Tarzan is the son of a British lord and lady who were marooned on the Atlantic coast of Africa by mutineers. When Tarzan was an infant, his mother died, and his father was killed by Kerchak, leader of the ape tribe by whom Tarzan was adopted. Soon after his parents’ death, Tarzan became a feral child, and his tribe of apes are known as the Mangani, Great Apes of a species unknown to science. Kala is his ape mother.
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
John Carter’s history before his advent on Barsoom is mostly a mystery, even to himself. As far as he knows he has always been a man of about thirty and remembers no childhood. He has always been a warrior with a strong sense of duty, which may account for the honors bestowed upon him by three republics and the decorations and friendships of an old and powerful emperor and several lesser kings, in whose service his sword has been red many a time.
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.