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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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SEVERAL YEARS had elapsed since I had found the op-portunity to do any big-game hunting; for at last I had my plans almost perfected for a return to my old stamping-grounds in northern Africa, where in other days I had had excellent sport in pursuit of the king of beasts.
The date of my departure ...
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