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Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875–1950)

Author of Tarzan of the Apes

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About the Author

Edgar Rice Burroughs was born on September 1, 1875, in Chicago. His father, George Tyler was a distiller and a battery manufacturer. Early in life Burroughs attempted to support his family in a variety of occupations, including railroad policeman, business partner, and miner. None of these proved show more successful. However, Burroughs had always enjoyed reading adventure fiction and decided to try his hand at writing. His first attempt, written under the pseudonym Normal Bean, sold very quickly and Burroughs' career took off. Although critics and educators have not always been supportive of Burroughs' writing, the characters in his stories have entertained readers for many years. Tarzan was the most popular, earning Burroughs enough money to start his own publishing house and a motion picture company. Another character, John Carter, is the hero of Burroughs' Mars adventure series. The continuing popularity of these characters has led some critics to reconsider the value of Burroughs' writing and to acknowledge significant themes in his stories. Burroughs died on March 19, 1950. (Bowker Author Biography) show less


Works by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Tarzan of the Apes (1914) 4,917 copies
A Princess of Mars (1912) 4,236 copies
The Gods of Mars (1913) 2,051 copies
Warlord of Mars (1914) 1,865 copies
The Return of Tarzan (1915) 1,609 copies
Thuvia, The Maid of Mars (1916) 1,506 copies
The Chessmen of Mars (1922) 1,476 copies
The Beasts of Tarzan (1916) 1,181 copies
The Master Mind of Mars (1927) 1,164 copies
A Fighting Man of Mars (1930) 1,100 copies
The Land That Time Forgot (1918) 1,043 copies
The Son of Tarzan (1917) 1,041 copies
Swords of Mars (1934) 999 copies
At the Earth's Core (1914) 998 copies
John Carter of Mars (1942) 968 copies
Synthetic Men of Mars (1939) 955 copies
Llana of Gathol (1941) 949 copies
Jungle Tales of Tarzan (1916) 800 copies
Tarzan the Untamed (1920) 790 copies
Tarzan the Terrible (1921) 751 copies
Pirates of Venus (1934) 710 copies
Tarzan at the Earth's Core (1929) 700 copies
Pellucidar (1915) 672 copies
Lost on Venus (1933) 640 copies
Tarzan and the Ant Men (1924) — Author — 639 copies
Tarzan and the Golden Lion (1922) 618 copies
Carson of Venus (1938) 611 copies
Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle (1927) 603 copies
Tarzan and the Lost Empire (1928) — Author — 570 copies
The Lost Continent (1916) 550 copies
Escape on Venus (1941) 538 copies
Tarzan and the City of Gold (1932) 528 copies
Tanar of Pellucidar (1929) 489 copies
The People That Time Forgot (1918) 484 copies
Tarzan Triumphant (1932) 454 copies
Tarzan the Invincible (1930) 453 copies
Tarzan and the Lion Man (1933) 451 copies
The Moon Maid (1923) 445 copies
Back to the Stone Age (1936) 427 copies
Tarzan and the Leopard Men (1932) 426 copies
Savage Pellucidar (1963) 412 copies
The Moon Men (1925) 410 copies
Tarzan's Quest (1935) 409 copies
Out of Time's Abyss (1918) 409 copies
The Mad King (1914) 403 copies
The Monster Men (1929) 391 copies
Tarzan the Magnificent (1936) 391 copies
Land of terror (1944) 387 copies
Tarzan and the Madman (1964) 381 copies
The Cave Girl (1913) 377 copies
Tarzan and the Castaways (1940) 369 copies
The Outlaw of Torn (1914) 362 copies
The Eternal Savage (1914) 336 copies
Beyond the Farthest Star (1941) 327 copies
The Land of Hidden Men (1932) 262 copies
The Mucker (1914) 257 copies
I Am a Barbarian (1967) 226 copies
The Lad and the Lion (1917) 226 copies
The Oakdale Affair (1918) 182 copies
Tarzan: The Lost Adventure (1995) 182 copies
The Return of the Mucker (1916) 136 copies
The Rider (1918) 133 copies
Apache Devil (1933) 131 copies
The Efficiency Expert (1921) 126 copies
The War Chief (1964) 125 copies
The Complete Moon Trilogy (2002) 115 copies
John Carter: Barsoom Series (2012) 114 copies
The Girl from Hollywood (1923) 111 copies
The Bandit of Hell's Bend (1924) 111 copies
The Tarzan Twins (1963) 84 copies
The Girl From Farris's (1965) 72 copies
100 Eternal Masterpieces of Literature - volume 1 (2017) — Contributor — 59 copies
Tarzan and the Lost Safari (1957) 39 copies
The Man-Eater (1974) 38 copies
Skeleton Men of Jupiter (1943) 36 copies
The Red Hawk (1925) 33 copies
The Tarzan Collection (1982) 29 copies
Complete Barsoom Series (1961) 24 copies
Tarzan (Clasicos del Comic) (2009) 18 copies
Tales of Three Planets (1964) 17 copies
The Great Book of Tarzan (2007) 12 copies
Tarzan ja kullalinn (1995) 8 copies
Le Cycle De Mars (2012) 8 copies
The Cave Man (2008) 5 copies
Tarzan Annual 5 copies
The People That Time Forgot [1977 film] (1977) — Author — 5 copies
Tarzan Digest Comic # 1 (1972) 5 copies
Tarzan Escapes (1936) 4 copies
"Adventures of Tarzan" (1996) 4 copies
War On Venus 3 copies
Adventures in Pellucidar (2012) 3 copies
Inimkoletised : [romaan] (1995) 3 copies
I guerrieri di Marte (1995) 3 copies
Księżniczka Marsa (1990) 3 copies
Le cycle de venus (1974) 3 copies
Goddess Of Fire 3 copies
Tarzan velkolepý (1995) 3 copies
Le cycle de la lune (1998) 3 copies
Pirate Blood 3 copies
Tarzan (1990) 2 copies
Tarzan the Fearless (1933) 2 copies
Tarzan i ukjent land (1984) 2 copies
The Lion 2 copies
The Nightmare 2 copies
A Jungle Joke 2 copies
The Third Barsoom Omnibus (2003) 2 copies
The Living Dead 2 copies
Tarzan et les croisés (1928) 2 copies
Trilogía de la Luna (2014) 1 copy
Tarzan / 2-3 1 copy
Complete works (2022) 1 copy
TARZAN 1943-1945 (2021) 1 copy
Jungle Girl 1 copy
Pullucidar 1 copy
Tiger Girl 1 copy
Amiocap (2006) 1 copy
Tarzan, apornas son. 3 (1974) 1 copy
Tarzan Vol 2 (1900) 1 copy
Tarzan, Tome 3 : (2011) 1 copy
Tarzan és a bajnok (1940) 1 copy
Tarzan - de skibbrudne (1974) 1 copy
Koopaneiu (1997) 1 copy
Tarzan Coloring Book (1998) 1 copy
Oldport Days (2003) 1 copy
Yellow Men Of Mars (2012) 1 copy
Tarzan sommaralbum (1983) 1 copy
L'Odissea bàrbara (1993) 1 copy
Tarzan trahi (1900) 1 copy
Tarzan og Jane (1984) 1 copy
La Légende de Tarzan (2012) 1 copy
Tarzan series (2014) 1 copy
Drakmonstren (1981) 1 copy
The Scientists Revolt (2013) 1 copy

Associated Works

Tarzan [1999 film] (1999) — Original book — 530 copies
Disney's Tarzan (Disney's Wonderful World of Reading) (1999) — Original story — 463 copies
The Big Book of Classic Fantasy (2019) — Contributor — 172 copies
The Road to Science Fiction #2: From Wells to Heinlein (1979) — Contributor — 138 copies
The Big Book of Adventure Stories (2011) — Contributor — 116 copies
Mars, We Love You (1971) — Contributor — 110 copies
The Pulps: Fifty Years of American Pop Culture (1970) — Contributor — 103 copies
Tarzan II [2005 film] (2005) — Original book — 87 copies
Tarzan & Jane [2002 film] (2002) — Original book — 77 copies
The Fantastic Pulps (1975) — Contributor — 71 copies
The Apes of Wrath (2013) — Contributor — 66 copies
Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction (2011) — Contributor — 32 copies
The Monster-Maker and Other Science Fiction Classics (2012) — Contributor — 30 copies
King Solomon's Mines and Other Adventure Classics (2016) — Contributor — 29 copies
Love Stories (1975) — Contributor — 19 copies
Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan (A Little Golden Book) (1964) — Original story — 18 copies
Disney's Tarzan (Movie Book Volume 9) (2006) — Original story — 15 copies
Tarzan the Ape Man [1932 film] (2000) — Original story — 14 copies
Amazing Stories Vol. 35, No. 4 [April 1961] (2014) — Contributor — 5 copies
Marvel Comics Super Special #29: Tarzan of the Apes (1983) — Contributor — 4 copies
Tarzan: Original 2006 Broadway Cast Recording (2006) — Original story — 4 copies
Strange Signposts (Anthology 15-in-1) (1966) — Contributor — 3 copies
Fantastic adventures. No. 014 (March 1941) (1941) — Contributor — 3 copies
Fantastic adventures. No. 021 (Nov. 1941) (1941) — Contributor — 3 copies
Fantastic adventures. No. 025 (March 1942) (2013) — Contributor — 3 copies
Amazing Stories Vol. 16, No. 3 [March 1942] (2013) — Contributor — 2 copies
Amazing Stories Vol. 15, No. 8 [August 1941] (2013) — Contributor — 2 copies
Amazing Stories Vol. 16, No. 4 [April 1942] (1942) — Contributor — 2 copies
Fantastic. No. 136 (November 1966) (1966) — Contributor — 2 copies
Enjoying Stories (1987) — Contributor — 2 copies
Argosy, April 2, 1938 (1938) — Contributor — 2 copies
Argosy, March 26, 1938 (1938) — Contributor — 2 copies
Fantastic adventures. No. 002 (July 1939) — Contributor — 2 copies
Fantastic adventures. No. 017 (July 1941) — Contributor — 1 copy
Argosy, January 7, 1939 — Contributor — 1 copy
Argosy, March 19, 1938 — Contributor — 1 copy
Explorers of the Infinite (1963) — Contributor — 1 copy


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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Burroughs, Edgar Rice
Date of death
Burial location
Tarzana, California, USA
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Place of death
Encino, California, USA
Cause of death
heart attack
Places of residence
Oak Park, Illinois, USA
Phillips Academy
Michigan Military Academy
war correspondent
railroad police
United States Army
Awards and honors
Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame (2003)
Inkpot Award (1975)
Short biography
Edgar Rice Burroughs (September 1, 1875 – March 19, 1950) was an American speculative fiction writer, best known for his prolific output in the adventure, science fiction and fantasy genres. Among his most well-known creations include Tarzan of the Apes, John Carter of Mars (Barsoom series), and Carson Napier of Venus (Amtor series).

He is also known for the hollow Earth-themed Pellucidar series, beginning with At the Earth's Core (1914); and the lost world-themed Caspak trilogy, beginning with The Land that Time Forgot (1918).

Burroughs' California ranch is now the center of the Tarzana neighborhood in Los Angeles



John Carter! in The Weird Tradition (July 2016)
1914: Edgar Rice Burroughs - Tarzan of the Apes in Literary Centennials (August 2015)
1914 Edgar Rice Burroughs: At the Earth's Core in Literary Centennials (December 2014)


Pretty enjoyable short book about a recent college graduate struggling to find his place in the world. Published in 1921 and contemporaneously set in Chicago, Jimmy Torrance makes the best of a series of somewhat demeaning jobs. The plot is highly dependent on coincidence, but if you can suspend disbelief, it's an enjoyable way to waste a little time and embrace a bit of zeitgeist.
AliceAnna | 4 other reviews | May 9, 2024 |
Lions and Lions oh my. The second book in the legendary Tarzan of the Apes series has some pros and some cons. Let us not forget that Burroughs was a prolific writer of some of the best Pulp Fiction in the history of literature. So with that being said you know you are going to be taken over the top, given plenty of action and a healthy dose of campiness to wash it all down.
Tarzan is pretty much fresh off the boat in this story. He has done what he can to adapt to what may be considered a mockery of civilized life and does his best to understand what makes the white apes think the way they do. He is more than capable of interacting with those of his own ilk, but does not yet understand the laws of society are not as cut and dry as the laws of the jungle. He has a huge heart that belongs only to Jane Porter whom he has give up everything for. Renouncing his titles (which she knows nothing about) and returning to the wild.
Burroughs seriously packed a ton of adventure into this short book. He puts his characters through the ringer repeatedly. Tarzan is introduced to many new cultures…some to his liking…others not so much.
Burroughs does lack one or two things in not only this story but other Tarzan stories. His lack of research. It seems like every ten pages Tarzan is killing a Lion. Lions in the jungle (NO) Lions in the Desert (A big NO). Always it seems there is a single lion stalking the night. (Double NO) Lions are not solitary creatures and while there might be one hunting, rest assured there are others hiding somewhere just out of sight. This is excusable because going into these stories you know what they are and the fact they are the PULP of pulp fiction earns Burroughs a pass.
Over the top action. Tarzan swimming across he ocean. Laughable…yes but very readable. Tarzan facing off with a character that is more like W.E. Coyote chasing the roadrunner is humorous. The lengths our Russian friend go to just to get over on Greystoke is comical.
There are a few sincere moments in the story and they work well. The image of Tarzan chilling with a smoke in one hand and a hefty glass of absinthe in the other is comical.
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JHemlock | 30 other reviews | Apr 15, 2024 |
For all of its inaccuracies about real-world Africa, I was surprised to find that this was a compelling story when I recently re-read it. As a child, my principal memory seems to be of encountering the word 'eunuch' in one of the Tarzan books, and learning with shock what it meant from my father.
sfj2 | 120 other reviews | Apr 3, 2024 |
"The Cave Girl" was published only a year after "Tarzan" and it has so many of the same plot elements, differently distributed. As with every other Burroughs novel I have ever read, I enjoyed it very much. Since the audio of "The Cave Girl" includes "The Cave Man", in which our heroes settle back into civilization with no evident trouble, there is no promise of a sequel. Tarzan was the more original invention.
themulhern | 5 other reviews | Mar 28, 2024 |


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