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Birth of Edgar Rice Burroughs

Posted in Anniversary, Literature on Sunday, 22 August 2010

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picture, Tarzan of the Apes

Tarzan of the Apes, Edgar Rice Burroughs most famous creation

1 September marks the anniversary of the birth of Edgar Rice Burroughs in 1875. Born in Chicago, Burroughs trained for the military but was diagnosed with a heart condition and discharged. After a string of minor jobs, he began writing in 1911 and had his first book, Under the Moons of Mars, published in 1912. Burroughs fictional Mars – Barsoom – was an immediate hit and was quickly followed by his most famous creation, Tarzan of the Apes.

Tarzan rocketed Burroughs to stardom and earned him a fortune. Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. continues to exploit Tarzan in every media long after Burroughs’ death in 1950.

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