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DiedMarch 19, 1950, Encino, Los Angeles, California, United States
SpouseFlorence Gilbert, Emma Hulbert
FactBurroughs' second wife, Florence Gilbert, was earlier married to producer / actor Ashton Dearholt.

Edgar Rice Burroughs was an American writer who is best known for his series of Tarzan novels. He was born on September 1, 1875, in Chicago, Illinois, to parents George Tyler Burroughs and Mary Evaline Zieger Burroughs. He had four siblings: two brothers and two sisters. Burroughs’ father was a successful businessman, and his mother was a homemaker. Burroughs’ early education took place at a private school in Chicago. He later attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, but he did not graduate.

Burroughs’ career began when he was working as a clerk for the Illinois Central Railroad. He began writing stories for pulp magazines, and his first story, “Under the Moons of Mars,” was published in 1912. He would go on to write many more stories for pulp magazines, as well as novels. His most famous creation is the character of Tarzan, who first appeared in the novel Tarzan of the Apes (1912). Burroughs wrote over twenty Tarzan novels, and the character has been featured in numerous films and television shows.

Burroughs’ net worth was estimated to be $50 million at the time of his death. He earned a significant amount of money from his writing, as well as from investments and real estate holdings. Burroughs was married twice; his first wife was Emma Hulbert, whom he married in 1900. The couple had two children: Joan, who was born in 1901, and Hulbert, who was born in 1903. Burroughs’ second wife was Florence Gilbert Dearholt, whom he married in 1915. The couple had one child: John Coleman Burroughs, who was born in 1916.

Burroughs was approximately six feet tall and weighed around 200 pounds. He had blue eyes and brown hair.

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Full NameEdgar Rice Burroughs
DiedMarch 19, 1950, Encino, Los Angeles, California, United States
ProfessionAuthor, Novelist
EducationMichigan Military Academy, Phillips Academy


SpouseFlorence Gilbert, Emma Hulbert
ChildrenJohn Coleman Burroughs, Hulbert Burroughs, Joan Burroughs
ParentsMajor George Tyler Burroughs, Mary Evaline Zieger Burroughs


NominationsHugo Award for Best Short Story, Hugo Award for Best All-Time Series, Retro Hugo Award for Best Novel
MoviesJohn Carter, The Legend of Tarzan, Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, Tarzan the Ape Man, Tarzan, Tarzan and the Lost City, Tarzan and His Mate, Tarzan Finds a Son!, Tarzan, the Ape Man, Tarzan Triumphs, Tarzan Escapes, Tarzan and the Trappers, Tarzan and the Jungle Boy, Tarzan the M...
TV ShowsTarzan, The Legend of Tarzan, Tarzan: The Epic Adventures, Tarzán, Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle

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1Were there no desire there would be no virtue, and because one man desires what another does not, who shall say whether the child of his desire be Vice or Virtue?
2Love is a strange master, and human nature is still stranger.
3The more one listens to ordinary conversations the more apparent it becomes that the reasoning faculties of the brain take little part in the direction of the vocal organs.
4She did not admire him any more than she had. It was merely that she considered him the Lesser of two evils.
5It never seems to occur to some people, that, like beauty, a sense of humor may sometimes be fatal.
6Imagination is but another name for super intelligence.
7I write to escape; to escape poverty.
8Anger and hate against one we love steels our hearts, but contempt or pity leaves us silent and ashamed.
9I loved her. I still love her, though I curse her in my sleep, so nearly one are love and hate, the two most powerful and devastating emotions that control man, nations, life.
10Death, only, renders hope futile.


1Was a drifter for seven years and supported himself with low-paid jobs such as selling pencil sharpeners before he began writing.
2His 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.
3By the time of his death, he was the world's best-selling author.
4Great-grandfather of film director Wes Anderson.
5Upon his death, his remains were interred under the walnut tree at the Burroughs Office Building in Tarzana, Los Angeles, California.
6The 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.
7Pictured on a nondeminated ("forever") USA commemorative postage stamp, issued 17 August 2012 in Tarzana, California. The initial issue price was 45¢.
8A 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!"
9Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin once said that Burroughs was his favorite author.
10Most of his stories are written in the first person.
11His first Mars book was written under the pseudonym Normal Bean. The publishers thought that it was a typographical error, and changed it to 'Norman Bean.' Burroughs' assumption was that nobody would take the story seriously, and therefore used this pseudonym to infer that he is in "a normal state of mind.".
12Didn't start writing until the age of 35.
13An excellent guide to Burroughs' Mars books is "A Guide to Barsoom" by John Flint Roy.
14Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, Vol. 131, pages 47-51. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.
15The city of Tarzana, California, where Burroughs spent the last years of his life, was named in honor of his most famous creation, Tarzan.
16Burroughs' second wife, Florence Gilbert, was earlier married to producer / actor Ashton Dearholt.




Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes1984novel "Tarzan of the Apes"
Tarzan the Ape Man1981characters
The People That Time Forgot1977based upon "The People That Time Forgot" by
Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle1976TV Series characters
At the Earth's Core1976novel
Tarzán en las minas del rey Salomón1974characters - uncredited
The Land That Time Forgot1974novel
Tarzan's Deadly Silence1970characters - uncredited
Tarzan and the Jungle Boy1968characters
Tarzan's Jungle Rebellion1967characters - uncredited
Tarzan and the Great River1967characters
Tarzan1966TV Series character
Tarzan and the Valley of Gold1966characters
Per una manciata d'oro1965characters
Tarzan's Three Challenges1963characters
Tarzan Goes to India1962based on the characters created by
Tarzan the Magnificent1960based on the characters created by
Tarzan, the Ape Man1959character
Tarzan's Greatest Adventure1959characters created by
Tarzan and the Trappers1958TV Movie characters
Tarzan's Fight for Life1958characters
Tarzan and the Lost Safari1957characters
Tarzan's Hidden Jungle1955based upon the characters created by
Tarzan and the She-Devil1953based upon the characters created by
Tarzan Istanbulda1952novel - uncredited
Tarzan's Savage Fury1952based on the character created by
Tarzan's Peril1951characters
Tarzan and the Slave Girl1950based upon the characters created by
Tarzan's Magic Fountain1949based upon the characters created by
Tarzan and the Mermaids1948based upon characters created by
Tarzan and the Huntress1947based upon the characters created by
Tarzan and the Leopard Woman1946based upon the characters created by
Tarzan and the Amazons1945based on the characters created by
Tarzan's Desert Mystery1943based upon characters created by
The Underground World1943Short novel "At the Earth's Core" - uncredited
Tarzan Triumphs1943based upon the characters created by
Tarzan's New York Adventure1942based upon the characters created by
Tarzan's Secret Treasure1941based upon the characters created by
Jungle Girl1941novel "Jungle Girl"
Zhongguo Yeren Wang1940writer
Tarzan Finds a Son!1939based upon the characters created by
Tarzan and the Green Goddess1938characters - uncredited
Tarzan's Revenge1938based on a novel by
Tarzan Escapes1936based upon the characters created by
The Lion Man1936story "The Lad and The Lion"
The New Adventures of Tarzan1935/Inovel
Tarzan and His Mate1934based upon the characters created by
Tarzan the Fearless1933story
Tarzan the Ape Man1932based upon the characters created by
Tarzan the Tiger1929novel "Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar"
Tarzan the Mighty1928novel "Jungle Tales of Tarzan"
Tarzan and the Golden Lion1927novel
The Adventures of Tarzan1921novel "The Return of Tarzan"
The Revenge of Tarzan1920novel
The Son of Tarzan1920novel
The Oakdale Affair1919novel
The Romance of Tarzan1918novel "Tarzan of the Apes"
Tarzan of the Apes1918novel
The Lad and the Lion1917novel
The Legend of Tarzan2016"Tarzan" stories"
John Carter2012based on the story "A Princess of Mars" by
Princess of Mars2009Video characters - uncredited / novel
The Land That Time Forgot2009Video novel
Tarzan II2005Video "Tarzan" stories
Tarzan2003TV Series characters - 7 episodes
Tarzan & Jane2002"Tarzan" stories
The Legend of Tarzan2001TV Series characters - 1 episode
Kaj og Andrea2000TV Series characters Tarzan and Jane - 1 episode
Tarzan Activity Center1999Video Game based on characters by
Tarzan1999story "Tarzan of the Apes"
Tarzan of the Apes1998Video novel
Tarzan and the Lost City1998stories
Tarzan: The Epic Adventures1996TV Series characters
Tarzán1991TV Series characters
Tarzan in Manhattan1989TV Movie stories written by
Tarzan1984Video Game characters


Tarzan and the Green Goddess1938producer - uncredited
The New Adventures of Tarzan1935/IIproducer
The New Adventures of Tarzan1935/Iproducer


Screen Snapshots, Series 3, No. 61922Documentary shortHimself

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John Carter: 100 Years in the Making2012Video documentary shortHimself

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