E R Burroughs Bibliography Meaning

Edgar Rice Burroughs (September 1, 1875- March 19, 1950) was an American author, best known for his creation of the jungle hero Tarzan, although he also produced works in many genres.



Burroughs was born on September 1, 1875 in Chicago, Illinois (although he later lived for many years in the neighboring suburb of Oak Park), the son of a businessman. He was educated at a number of local schools, and during the Chicago influenza epidemic in 1891 spent a half year on his brothers' ranch on the Raft River in Idaho. He then attended the Phillips Academy in Andover and then the Michigan Military Academy. Graduating in 1895, and failing the entrance exam for West Point, he ended up as an enlisted soldier with the 7th U.S. Cavalry in Fort Grant, Arizona Territory. After being diagnosed with a heart problem and thus found ineligible for promotion to officer class, he was discharged in 1897.

What followed was a string of seemingly unrelated and short stint jobs. Following a period of drifting and ranch work in Idaho, Burroughs found work at his father's firm in 1899. He married Emma Centennia Hulbert in 1900. In 1904 he left his job and found less regular work, initially in Idaho but soon back in Chicago.

By 1911, after seven years of low wages, he was working as a pencil sharpener wholesaler and began to write fiction. By this time Burroughs and Emma had two children, Joan and Hulbert. During this period, he had copious spare time and he began reading many pulp fiction magazines and claimed:

"...if people were paid for writing rot such as I read in some of those magazines that I could write stories just as rotten. As a matter of fact, although I had never written a story, I knew absolutely that I could write stories just as entertaining and probably a whole lot more so than any I chanced to read in those magazines."

Aiming his work at the 'pulp' magazines then in circulation, his first story "Under the Moons of Mars" was serialized in All-Story magazine in 1912 and earned Burroughs US$400.

Burroughs soon took up writing full-time and by the time the run of Under the Moons Of Mars had finished he had completed two novels, including Tarzan of the Apes which was published from October 1912 and went on to become his most successful brand. In 1913, Burroughs and Emma had their third and last child, John Coleman.

Burroughs also wrote popular science fiction/fantasy stories involving Earthly adventurers transported to various planets (notably Barsoom, Burroughs' fictional name for Mars), lost islands, and into the interior of the hollow earth in his Pellucidar stories, as well as westerns and historical romances. Along with All-Story, many of his stories were published in the Argosy Magazine.

Tarzan was a cultural sensation when introduced. Burroughs was determined to capitalize on Tarzan's popularity in every way possible. He planned to exploit Tarzan through several different media including a syndicated Tarzan comic strip, movies and merchandise. Experts in the field advised against this course of action, stating that the different media would just end up competing against each other. Burroughs went ahead, however, and proved the experts wrong—the public wanted Tarzan in whatever fashion he was offered. Tarzan remains one of the most successful fictional characters to this day and is a cultural icon.

In 1923 Burroughs set up his own company, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., and began printing his own books through the 1930s. He divorced Emma in 1934 and married former actress Florence Gilbert Dearholt in 1935, ex-wife of his friend, Ashton Dearholt, adopting the Dearholt's two children. They divorced in 1942. At the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor he was a resident of Hawaii and, despite being a sexagenarian, he spent the conflict as a war correspondent. He died in Encino, California on March 19, 1950 having written almost seventy novels.

The town of Tarzana, California was named after Tarzan. In 1919 Burroughs purchased a large ranch north of Los Angeles, California which he named "Tarzana". The citizens of the community that sprang up around the ranch voted to adopt that name when their town was incorporated in 1928.

The Burroughs crater on Mars is named in Burroughs' honor

Edgar Rice Burroughs books

  • 3 Martian Novels
  • A Fighting Man Of Mars
  • A John Carter In a Princess Of Mars
  • A Princess Of Mars
  • A Princess Of Mars, and A Fighting Man Of Mars
  • A Treasury Of Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Apache Devil
  • At the Earth's Core
  • At the Earth's Core Pellucidar Tanar Of Pellucidar
  • At the Earth's Core With Ebook
  • At the Earth's Core
  • Back To Stone Age
  • Back To the Stone Age
  • Beyond the Farthest Star
  • Beyond Thirty
  • Beyond Thirty and The Man-Eater
  • Carson Of Venus
  • Chessmen Of Mars
  • Collected John Carter Of Mars, The
  • Collected Works Of Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Disney's Tarzan and The Jungle Game
  • Edgar Rice Burroughs Science Fiction Classics
  • Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan
  • Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan Of the Apes
  • Escape On Venus
  • I Am a Barbarian
  • John Carter Of Mars
  • John Carter's Chronicles Of Mars
  • Jungle Girl
  • Jungle Tales Of Tarzan
  • Jungle Tales Of Tarzan 6
  • Jungle Tales Of Tarzan With Ebook
  • Land Of Terror
  • Llana Of Cathol and John Carter Of Mars
  • Llana Of Gathol
  • Llana Of Gathol John Carter Of Mars
  • Lost On Venus
  • Manuel Classique Et Lmentaire De Botanique, D'Anatomie Et De Physiologie Vgtale
  • Marcia Of the Doorstep
  • Mars 2
  • Mars 3
  • Mars 4
  • Mars 5
  • Mars 6
  • Mars 9
  • Mars 11 -- John Carter Of Mars
  • Mars 10
  • Mars Trilogy
  • Men Of Mars
  • Minidoka
  • More Martian Tales Library Of Essential Reading
  • Out Of Time's Abyss
  • Outlaw Of Torn
  • Pellucidar
  • Pellucidar, With Ebook
  • People Out Of Time
  • Pirates Of Venus
  • Return Of the Mucker
  • Return To Mars -- 3 Books In 1 -- Thuvia, Maid Of Mars the Chessmen Of Mars the Master Mind Of Mars
  • Rider
  • Savage Pellucidar
  • Science Fiction Classics
  • Swords Of Mars
  • Swords Of Mars Synthetic Men Of Mars
  • Synthetic Men Of Mars
  • T23 Tarzan Madman
  • Tales Of Mars
  • Tales Of Three Planets
  • Tanar Of Pellucidar
  • Tarzan
  • Tarzan 12 -- Tarzan and The Lost Empire
  • Tarzan 14 -- Tarzan the Invincible
  • Tarzan 15 -- Tarzan Triumphant
  • Tarzan 16 -- Tarzan and The City Of Gold
  • Tarzan 17 -- Tarzan and The Lion Man
  • Tarzan 18 -- Tarzan and The Leopard Men
  • Tarzan 2
  • Tarzan 20 -- Tarzan and The Forbidden City
  • Tarzan 21 -- Tarzan the Magnificent
  • Tarzan 23 -- Tarzan and The Madman
  • Tarzan 24 -- Tarzan and The Castaways
  • Tarzan 3 -- the Beasts Of Tarzan
  • Tarzan 4
  • Tarzan 5 -- Tarzan and The Jewels Of Opar
  • Tarzan 6
  • Tarzan 1
  • Tarzan 11
  • Tarzan 7
  • Tarzan 19
  • Tarzan 2-In-1
  • Tarzan and The Foreign Legion
  • Tarzan and The Ant Men
  • Tarzan and The Ant Men, No10
  • Tarzan and The Castaways
  • Tarzan and The City Of Gold
  • Tarzan and The Forbidden City
  • Tarzan and The Golden Lion
  • Tarzan and The Golden Lion 9
  • Tarzan and The Golden Lion Book 9
  • Tarzan and The Jewels Of Opar
  • Tarzan and The Jewels Of Opar 5
  • Tarzan and The Jewels Of Opar With Ebook
  • Tarzan and The Leopard Men
  • Tarzan and The Lion Man
  • Tarzan and The Lion Men
  • Tarzan and The Lost Empire
  • Tarzan and The Lost Empire 12
  • Tarzan and The Lost Safari
  • Tarzan and The Madman
  • Tarzan and The Tarzan Twins
  • Tarzan and The Tarzan Twins With Jad-Bal-Ja, the Golden Lion
  • Tarzan Annual
  • Tarzan At the Earth's Core
  • Tarzan In Color
  • Tarzan Of the Apes
  • Tarzan Of the Apes 1
  • Tarzan Of the Apes Other Tales
  • Tarzan Of the Apes Book 1
  • Tarzan Of the Apes, With Ebook
  • Tarzan the Invinceable
  • Tarzan the Invincible
  • Tarzan the Invincible 14
  • Tarzan the Magnificent
  • Tarzan the Terrible
  • Tarzan the Terrible 8
  • Tarzan the Untamed
  • Tarzan Triumphant
  • Tarzan Triumphant 15
  • Tarzan Twins
  • Tarzan's Quest
  • Tarzan, Lord Of the Jungle
  • Tarzan's Jungle Tales
  • The Bandit Of Hell's Bend
  • The Beasts Of Tarzan
  • The Beasts Of Tarzan 3
  • The Blue Book Magazine - April 1931 - Vol 52, No 6
  • The Caspak Trilogy
  • The Cave Girl
  • The Deputy Sheriff Of Comanche County
  • The Deputy Sheriff Of Commanche County
  • The Efficiency Expert
  • The Eternal Lover
  • The Eternal Savage
  • The Girl From Farris's
  • The Girl From Hollywood
  • The Gods Of Mars
  • The Gods Of Mars the Warlord Of Mars
  • The Gods Of Mars the Warlord Of Mars
  • The Great Book Of Tarzan
  • The Lad and The Lion
  • The Land Of Hidden Men
  • The Land Of the Hidden Men
  • The Land That Time Forgot
  • The Land That Time Forgot and The Moon Maid
  • The Land Time Forgot
  • The Lost Continent
  • The Mad King
  • The Man Eater
  • The Mars Series
  • The Martian Tales
  • The Martian Tales Of Edgar Rice Burroughs 5
  • The Martian Tales Trilogy
  • The Master Mind Of Mars
  • The Master Mind Of Mars Being a Tale Of Weird and Wonderful Happenings On the Red Planet
  • The Mastermind Of Mars and A Fighting Man Of Mars
  • The Monster Men
  • The Moon Maid
  • The Moon Men
  • The Mucker
  • The New Adventures Of Tarzan Pop-Up
  • The Oakdale Affair
  • The Oakdale Affair and The Rider
  • The People That Time Forgot
  • The Return Of Tarzan
  • The Return Of Tarzan 2
  • The Return Of Tarzan Vol 2
  • The Son Of Tarzan
  • The Son Of Tarzan 4
  • The Son Of Tarzan, With Ebook
  • The Warlord Of Mars
  • The Warlord Of Mars With Ebook
  • The Warlords Of Mars
  • The Wizard Of Venus
  • The Wizard Of Venus and Pirate Blood
  • Three Martian Novels
  • Thuvia
  • Thuvia Maid Of Mars
  • Thuvia, Maid Of Mars the Chessmen Of Mars
  • Under the Moons Of Mars
  • Venus 2 -- Lost On Venus
  • Venus 5 -- the Wizard Of Venus
  • War Chief
  • You Lucky Girl

About this Item: 1st Editions Library [1914] 1990., 1914. Hardcover. Condition: NF. Dust Jacket Condition: NF. 1st Edition. Exact facsimile edition of the 1st Edition as originally published in 1914 by A. C. McClurg in Chicago reproducing the text, binding and stamping, and the striking pictorial dust jacket as originally first printed. Very fine in a very fine dust jacket enclosed in the slipcase. Plastic cover Illustrated12mo 7" - 7½" tall. Seller Inventory # 36157

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About this Item: Chicago A.C. McClurg 1914, 1914. First Edition, First Binding without the acorn on the spine. This is the rarest state (for many years unrecorded) where in this copy the title page is a cancel (the title page is mounted on a stub where a leaf has been removed and replaced) with the correct Chicago - A.C. McClurg 1914 imprint on the title page and the printerÕs name appears in a single line in gothic type with the imprint on the copyright page. This version was unknown to Edgar Rice BurroughsÕs various bibliographers over the years Heins, Zeuschner, and only revealed in 2002 in the revised and corrected version of L.W. CurreyÕs Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors: A Bibliography of First Printings of Their Fiction and Selected Nonfiction, page 75 (only issued on CD rom). Currey describes the copy he discovered as ÒuniqueÓ, however, in recent years, several copies of this state have turned up, making it the rarest of the several states of the book. Since the title page is a cancel replacement by the publisher it might logically follow that his variant replacing another that it is implied that an early incorrect or somehow defective title page created by the printer. A good copy with the hinges cracked, flaking of letterting to the spine, wear at the cloth extremities mainly at the bottom of spine. used and read copy of a rarity. The character of Tarzan has appeared in BurroughsÕs own sequels, movies, television, comic books, a successful comic strip and spin-off products. Burroughs was the first writer of fiction to shrewdly exploit his creation in a manner which is now considered business as usual. As a matter of fact, Tarzan was the first literary character to be registered as a trademark. He created his own publishing and marketing company, E.R.B. Inc., located in Tarzana, California. Seller Inventory # 14649J

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About this Item: Toronto: McClelland, Goodchild & Stewart, 1914., 1914. Hardcover. First Canadian edition. 8vo., orig. red cloth, lettered in gilt on the upper cover and spine. This copy has been professionally recased, with the original e/papers, the gilt lettering on the spine is dull/tarnished which makes it a bit difficult to read but in fact this is a very nice copy of a very scarce edition. We have been able to track four other copies of this edition; three of them were ex-library copies with all the faults that implies. Seller Inventory # 16207

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About this Item: Chicago: A. C. McClurg, 1914, 1914. First Edition; Currey's first state (or printing); first binding. Front hinge tape repaired; rear hinge cracked; a good copy in a chipped dust jacket with tape removed from the blind side. Burroughs' grand-daughter has inscribed the front free endpaper, identifying this as her mother's copy, given to her by E.R.B. In a custom clamshell box. All books described as first editions are first printings unless otherwise noted. Seller Inventory # 23431

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