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Edgar Rice Burroughs

Edgar Rice Burroughs

Edgar Rice Burroughs

Edgar Rice Burroughs was an American writer best known for his jungle hero Tarzan and within the genre of science fiction his most notable work is the John Carter series.

Burroughs initially targeted his work to the pulp fiction market and had his first story ‘Under the Moons of Mars’ serialised in All Story magazine from February to July of 1912. The story was later published in novel form in 1917 and retitled A Princess of Mars. This was the first novel in the John Carter series.

The character John Carter was a Confederate Veteran of the American Civil War who was transported to Mars (named Barsoom in the novel) by its inhabitants; Carter quickly becomes embroiled in the politics of the planet and embarks on a series of quests and explorations which cement him as a hero for the planet Mars. The series of novels spanned twenty five years and inspired the 2012 film adaptation John Carter.

Burroughs is noted as an inspiration to authors such as Ray Bradbury who have credited him as being socially and politically influential in his fiction. In 1923, he established his own company Edgar Rice Burroughs Incorporated and began printing his own books. He was one of the first authors to ‘incorporate’ meaning that he could retain the rights and permissions to his own work as well as making executive decisions about how his work was used in other areas of arts and culture.

An inspiration from his roots in pulp to mainstream publishing success story, Edgar Rice Burroughs, we (and Mars, we’re sure) salute you.

A Princess of Mars read by Stephan Mobius, Peter Yearsley and Tony Hightower.

A Princess of Mars was the first John Carter novel, published in 1917. It was first published as a serialisation in the pulp magazine All-Story Magazine in 1912 and the novel has become a classic example of 20th-century pulp fiction.

The novel sees John Carter, a confederate veteran of the American Civil War is mysteriously transported to Mars (named Barsoom in the novel) by its inhabitants. He quickly becomes a part of the Green Martian tribe and after they capture the Princess of the Red Martian tribe, Carter rescues her and becomes embroiled in the politics of the planet. A struggle soon ensues to save the planet which cements his position as an adventuring hero on Mars…

Extract including chapters one to three read by Stephan Mobius, Peter Yearsley and Tony Hightower.

To download the full audiobook of A Princess of Mars please visit the Librivox website here https://librivox.org/