A Princess of Mars Summary
the surface, John Carter and OnDejah Thoris seem little different from Tarzan and Jane Porter, noble and cultured lovers from, literally, two different worlds who unite the best of masculine and feminine qualities as Burroughs saw them. But Carter spends more time observing and less thinking and brooding than the apeman, while Dejah Thoris has little to do other than be kidnapped. Here, however, Burroughs was not tied to his main characters, and the other books feature some different heroes, including Carter's son Carthoris, in Thuvia, Maid of Mars (1920), and granddaughter in Liana of Gathol (1948). With the possibility, too, of totally new races rather than the mere humanoid types faced by Tarzan, Burroughs can create fantastic variations on his stereotyped figures.
The four-armed Tars Tarkas, for instance, who becomes Carter's ally, "was fully fifteen feet in height and, on earth, would have weighed some 400 pounds." Olive green, red-eyed, with...
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Edgar Rice Burroughs Biographies (3)
1,864 words, approx. 7 pages
Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950) was an American adventure writer whose Tarzan stories created a folk hero known around the world. His novels sold more than 100 million copies in 56 languages, making ...
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On December 1, 1911, at about eight o'clock in the evening, a thirty-six-year-old man picked up a pen and began to write a story. This man had lived out almost half his life and was, by his own standa...
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It is probably not surprising that a man nearly forty years of age, with a wife and children to support but no real taste for the pedestrian routines of business, should dream of being carried away to...