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Date of Birth 1 September 1875Chicago, Illinois, USA
Date of Death 19 March 1950Encino, California, USA  (heart attack)

Mini Bio (1)

His father had been a major in the Union army during the Civil War. Edgar Rice Burroughs attended the Brown School then, due to a diphtheria epidemic, Miss Coolie's Maplehurst School for Girls, then the Harvard School, Phillips Andover and the Michigan Military Academy. He was a mediocre student and flunked his examination for West Point. He worked a variety of jobs all over the country: a cowboy in Idaho, a gold miner in Oregon, a railroad policeman in Utah, a department manager for Sears Roebuck in Chicago. He published "A Princess of Mars" under the title "Under the Moons of Mars" in six parts between February and July of 1912. The same "All-Story Magazine" put out his immediately successful "Tarzan of the Apes" in October of that year. Two years later the hardback book appeared, and on January 27, 1918, the movie opened on Broadway starring Elmo Lincoln as Tarzan. It was one of the first movies to gross over $1,000,000. Burroughs was able to move his family to the San Fernando Valley in 1919, converting a huge estate into Tarzana Ranch. He was in Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941 and remained in Hawaii as a war correspondent. Afterward he returned home with a heart condition. On March 19, 1950, alone in his home after reading the Sunday comics in bed, he died. By then he had written 91 novels, 26 of which were about Tarzan. The man whose books have sold hundreds of millions of copies in over thirty languages once said "I write to escape ... to escape poverty".

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Spouse (2)

Florence Gilbert (4 April 1935 - 1941) (divorced)
Emma Hulbert (1 January 1900 - 1934) (divorced)

Trivia (16)

Burroughs' second wife, Florence Gilbert, was earlier married to producer / actor Ashton Dearholt.
The city of Tarzana, California, where Burroughs spent the last years of his life, was named in honor of his most famous creation, Tarzan.
Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, Vol. 131, pages 47-51. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.
An excellent guide to Burroughs' Mars books is "A Guide to Barsoom" by John Flint Roy.
Didn't start writing until the age of 35.
His first Mars book was written under the pseudonym Norman Bean.
Most of his stories are written in the first person.
Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin once said that Burroughs was his favorite author.
A publisher who had intended to reject Burroughs' book, "The Outlaw of Torn", wrote him to say, "My reviewer was up half the night reading it!"
Pictured on a nondeminated ("forever") USA commemorative postage stamp, issued 17 August 2012 in Tarzana, California. The initial issue price was 45¢.
The Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., company offices are located on Ventura Blvd. in Tarzana (CA) and the setting is literally a jungle oasis housing memorabilia from the era of the Tarzan creator. His former home in Chicago's Oak Park, where he grew up, is still standing and a bronze marker noting this was placed in the front yard at 700 Linden Ave. on the 100th anniversary of his birth.
Upon his death, his remains were interred under the walnut tree at the Burroughs Office Building in Tarzana, Los Angeles, California.
Great-grandfather of film director Wes Anderson.
By the time of his death, he was the world's best-selling author.
His writings have been cited as a huge influence by numerous writers, artists and scientists such as Ray Bradbury, Carl Sagan, Arthur Clarke, Jane Goodall, Ronald Reagan, Billy Graham, George Lucas, and James Cameron.
Was a drifter for seven years and supported himself with low-paid jobs such as selling pencil sharpeners before he began writing.

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