Edgar Rice Burroughs
Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950) was an American author famous for his creation of the legendary Tarzan and planetary soldier John Carter. Burroughs was born into a privileged family in Chicago, Illinois. As a young man, he enlisted in the 7th U.S. Cavalry in Fort Grant, Arizona Territory. He later worked odd jobs that brought him into contact with traders, soldiers, and Native Americans. During this time, he began reading pulp fiction and decided to try his hand at writing to earn money. Under the Moons of Mars was serialised in All-Story Magazine in 1912, and was his first publication. Fantasy novel Tarzan of the Apes and the Barsoom series (the adventures of John Carter) soon followed. Burroughs died in 1950 of a heart attack, leaving behind almost seventy novels.