Edgar Rice Burroughs: A Closer Look at the ‘John Carter’ Creator

The original publication of Under the Moons of...

The original appearance of Under the Moons of Mars, in pulp magazine The All-Story. ... Image via Wikipedia

Edgar Rice Burroughs

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Disney movie John Carter recently hit theaters, so I thought I’d highlight the man whose mind John Carter sprang from: Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Burroughs’ entry into writing came a bit late, when he was in his 30s, but he exploded onto the scene with Under the Moons of Mars, a serialized novel that was later renamed A Princess of Mars, the first in the John Carter Series. Not long after that he introduced the world-famous Tarzan, and he went on to great fame and fortune. What many don’t know about Burroughs, however, is that his rise took place a full century ago—the first installment of Under the Moons of Mars, in pulp magazine The All-Story, came in February 1912.

There’s an excellent column on Burroughs and his writing on BarnesAndNobleReview.com, from which I got this information—I may sound like a Burroughs enthusiast, but the truth is I’ve never read any of his work; I’ve often considered getting into it, particularly the Tarzan series, so perhaps now is a great time to do that. I just found the column to be an interesting read, and the subject matter timely. I hope you enjoy it.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. jesco b. ignatius
    Mar 14, 2012 @ 13:16:24

    edgar rice is one of my heroes.


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