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Edgar Rice Burroughs: The Man Who Created Tarzan Hardcover – October 28, 1976


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  • Hardcover: 840 pages
  • Publisher: New English Library Ltd (October 28, 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0450030482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0450030482
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,443,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vincent J. Sherlock on March 11, 2013
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This book has been around for about 40 years and should be considered a textbook example of what a biography can be. Complete with photos, letters and remembrances by surviving family members and friends this is a true labor of love and painstaking dedication to detail. Irwin Porges was granted access to the wealth of material available in the vaults of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. and uses it wisely. Right from the first page I found it to be a fascinating look at the life of one of America's most prolific and successful writers. Although this is not a critique of Burroughs' work the reader will find much insight into the creative mind behind the stories and characters. This book shows that Edgar Rice Burroughs was more than the creator of Tarzan of The Apes and John Carter of Mars. He oversaw the transition of his characters from book to film and other formats. His is an incredible legacy. His works are compelling which is why we're still talking about them and reading about them over 100 years after their debut and why adaptations of them surface every few years! This book is our chance to peek behind the curtain and look beyond the magic. I highly recommend this book!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Solipso on June 11, 2013
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I have read over a thousand books, and this is one of the best. I found it better than two other biographies I have recently read: David McCullough's JOHN ADAMS and Ron Chernow's WASHINGTON, both of which won Pulitzer Prizes. Of course you should consider the person making this judgment. I mean me, whose appreciation of the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs (ERB) is firm, not really fanatical, but more than casual.

And you should also consider that I read the hardcover edition of this book. The well-edited, extremely informative, though easy-to-read prose is the same as that in the two-volume paperback set, but the 9" x 12" oversized hardcover enhances the quality of the 270 pictures. Despite the photos being prints, not plates, their size and clarity adds an element of immersion into the time and setting. Some of my favorites were of ERB's car tours, the 1922 aerial photo of ERB's Tarzana ranch, ERB's eyewitness of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and group photos of ERB's family.

Other valuable treats were full-page black-and-white copies of premier editions. Such as the first page of the 1911 magazine appearance of UNDER THE MOONS OF MARS (renamed A PRINCESS OF MARS for book editions) and the magazine cover of the first appearance of TARZAN OF THE APES (October 1912). Magazine and book covers for a good number of other works' first editions are presented too, as well as samples of comic strips and photos of Tarzan movies.

Also especially pleasing was the photo in Irwin Porges's Preface. It shows a warehouse with scores of stacked cartons used as research material. This was a warehouse that the Burroughs family opened to Porges and his wife, who did much of the sorting and research. But research was not limited to the warehouse.
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