The Gods of Mars (Barsoom Series Volume 2)
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Born in Chicago, Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950) had a conventional boyhood, attending Phillips Andover Academy followed by military school. Failing the health requirements for service in the U.S. Army, Burroughs drifted from one job to another for several years. After living under the burden of financial difficulties, Burroughs decided to change his circumstances by taking up writing. He began creating “pulp fiction” stories of adventure and fantasy, and found himself to be a natural at his newfound craft. Burroughs published his best-known work, Tarzan of the Apes, in 1912. He continued to write many other novels, but none were as successful as Tarzan, which Burroughs eventually supplemented with several sequels. During the Second World War, Burroughs was finally able to serve his country as a foreign correspondent. In his later years, Burroughs settled with his family in California, where a town, Tarzana, was named in his honor. Burroughs lived to see some of the most famous Tarzan films, starring Olympic swimmer Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan, premiere to eager audiences nationwide. Today, the Tarzan novels continue to hold a cherished place in American and international pop culture.Back to top
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Twelve years had passed since I had laid the body of my great-uncle, Captain John Carter, of Virginia, away from the sight of men in that strange mausoleum in the old cemetery at Richmond.
Often had I pondered on the odd instructions he had left me governing the construction of his mighty tomb, ...
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