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Edgar Rice Burroughs Biography

(1875–1950), Tarzan of the Apes, Tarzan and the Madman, A Princess of Mars

Literature Reference: American Literature, English Literature, Classics & Modern FictionEncyclopedia of Literature: Burghers of Calais to Peter Carey Biography

American writer of romantic science fiction and fantasy adventure novels, born in Chicago, educated at Phillips Academy, Andover and Michigan Military Academy. He is best known for his tales of Tarzan, who appeared in twenty-one novels from Tarzan of the Apes (1914) to Tarzan and the Madman (1964). The figure of Tarzan became familiar through film, radio, comic-book, and television incarnations. Several of Burroughs's science fiction novels are set on Mars and Venus, and include A Princess of Mars (1917) and its sequels. His rich imagination influenced later writers such as R. Bradbury and M. Moorcock.

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