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"Johnny Weissmuller ... the Two Career Star"

by David Fury. Burroughs Bulletin #14 New Series (April 1993). Reprinted by permission. A more up-to-date version of Weissmuller's career will be provided by Mr. Fury in his biograpy "Twice the Hero," which will appear this fall."

As difficult as it is to achieve fame and reach the pinnacle of success in a particular field, Johnny Weissmuller did it twice; he was the great-est swimmer of all time, and then became eternally famous and internationally loved and remembered as "Tarzan" on the silver screen. ...

"Edgar Rice Burroughs and the Development of Science Fiction: An Interview with Frederick Pohl"

by Stan Galloway. Burroughs Bulletin #10 New Series (April 1992.) Reprinted by permission.

I met a lot of the major writers of the early period of science fiction, but never Burroughs ... a man named by Brian Aldiss as "a dinosaur of science fiction." In 1919, TARZAN THE UNTAMED ran in THE RED BOOK, McClurg brought out THE WARLORD OF MARS, and I was born. I grew up in Burroughs' heyday and began my own writing as Burroughs himself left the scene. ... 

"Dinosaurs of Pellucidar"

by Philip J. Currie. Burroughs Bulletin # 17 New Series (January 1994). Reprinted by permission.

For me, Pellucidar has always been the most fascinating world created by Edgar Rice Burroughs, in part because AT THE EARTH'S CORE was the first book that I read by the Master of Adventure. It is also because of my interest in dinosaurs, although this is a secondary consideration because there are actually relatively few references to these animals in the series. Given the number of prehistoric animals that lived in Pellucidar, this is perhaps not surprising. ...

"Edgar Rice Burroughs and the Maxwell Perkins Syndrome"

by Richard A. Lupoff. Burroughs Bulletin # 13 New Series (January 1993). Reprinted by permission. This article has also been reprinted in the author's collection of essays THE WRITER AT LARGE from Gryphon Books. Please check out their website at www.gryphonbooks.com to learn more about their publishing program.

I am going to speak to you as a longtime reader, part-time critic and occasional teacher of literature. I am also tempted to speak to you as a mostly full-time author in my own right, and had originally intended to do so. But when I made notes for this talk, and started transforming them into an actual text, I realized that the latter topic would take too much time away from the former, so I will invite anyone who wants to talk about my own thirty-odd books and hundred or so short stories, to do so later, on a one-to-one basis. ... 

"Mesa, Mormons, and Martians: The Possible Origins of Barsoomian History"

by Phillip R. Burger. Burroughs Bulletin # 16 New Series (October 1993). Reprinted by permission.

Literary borrowing has been a habit of writers ever since pen was first put to paper -- or papyrus. The test of a good writer is if he can take previously used materials and make something new with them. Edgar Rice Burroughs could do this with great skill and ease. Such borrowing is evident in Burroughs' first book, A Princess of Mars. Not only do the novel's contents suggest this, but as a first-time writer who seems to have done little formal planning before setting down the tale, Burroughs would naturally adapt that which he had read or experienced for his own literary needs. ...

"'Your Lucky Girl!' The Play by Edgar Rice Burroughs"

by Robert B. Zeuschner

Shortly before 8 pm on Saturday evening, May 3rd, I handed my ticket to the ticket collector at the Palmdale Playhouse (the city of Palmdale is located about forty miles north of Hollywood) and walked into the main door of the playhouse. I was handed a copy of the program. The Playbill read "The World Premiere of YOU LUCKY GIRL!", and I must confess that this was an event which I never thought I would see. It was the very first production of ERB's only play, and ran for just two weekends: April 25, 26, 27 and May 2, 3, and 4, 1997. ...

" Get the habit of work and quit being an "inspirational" author -- which is merely another name for a loafer. Don't wait for ideas to come. Go after them. Don't write every now and then. Write every day, if only for a little while. Be a worker, not a poseur. The only real "literary people" are those who work at it. Those who make good are the ones who keep so busy that they have no time to show off. "