Edgar Rice Burroughs (September 1, 1875 – March 19, 1950) was an American writer best known for his creations of the jungle hero Tarzan and the heroic Mars adventurer John Carter, although he produced works in many genres. Ray Bradbury called Tarzan’s creator ‘probably the most influential writer in the entire history of the world.’
When Burroughs became depressed he would often sketch darkly humorous cartoons or write fantastic fairy tales of other worlds. Much later, he was to confirm the fact that he wrote all his stories, particularly those of other worlds, as much for his own entertainment as for that of his readers.
“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.”
Did You Know?..
Tarzan’s real name is John Clayton, Viscount Greystoke. Tarzan is his ape name; his English name was revealed by Burroughs in Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle.
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