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Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875 - 1950)Edgar Rice Burroughs was a
prolific American author of the 'pulp' era. The son of a Civil War
veteran, he saw brief military service with the 7TH U.S. Cavalry
before he was diagnosed with a heart problem and discharged. After
working for five years in his father's business, Burroughs left for
a string of disparate and short-lived jobs, and was working as a
pencil sharpener wholesaler when he decided to try his hand at
writing. He found almost instant success when his story 'Under the
Moons of Mars' was serialised in All-Story Magazine in 1912,
earning him the then-princely sum of $400.Burroughs went on to have
tremendous success as a writer, his wide-ranging imagination taking
in other planets (John Carter of Mars and Carson of Venus), a
hollow earth (Pellucidar), a lost world, westerns, historicals and
adventure stories. Although he wrote in many genres, Burroughs is
best known for his creation of the archetypal jungle hero, Tarzan.
Edgar Rice Burroughs died in 1950.
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