Edgar Rice Burroughs was an American author best known for his series of Tarzan novels. Burroughs was a prolific writer who produced more than 70 novels and countless short stories. In addition to the Tarzan series, Burroughs was known for his works in the science fiction, fantasy, and adventure genres.
Edgar Rice Burroughs was born in Chicago, Illinois. He attended the Michigan Military Academy in Orchard Lake but did not graduate. He later worked as a clerk and a rancher before turning to write as a career.
In 1912 Edgar Rice Burroughs' debuted with the book A Princess of Mars. It was the first in a series of science fiction novels known as the Barsoom series, which were set on the fictional planet Mars and featured John Carter as the main character. A Princess of Mars was a critical and commercial success and established Burroughs as a prominent figure in the science fiction genre.
The same year he began writing the Tarzan series with the publication of Tarzan of the Apes. The book was an immediate success and launched a series of sequels, which continued publishing until the 1940s.
In total, Burroughs wrote 24 Tarzan novels and several other works featuring the character. The Tarzan books have been widely translated and have inspired numerous adaptations in other media, including films, television shows, and comics.
Except for A Princess of Mars, Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote many other books set in the same fictional universe, including The Gods of Mars, The Warlord of Mars, and Thuvia, Maid of Mars, among others. He also wrote many other books in different genres, including westerns, fantasy, and adventure stories.
Edgar Rice Burroughs died of a heart attack on March 19, 1950, in Encino, California.
Despite his poor health, Burroughs remained active as a writer until the end of his life and continued to produce new works up until a few months before his death.