|An Anthology - EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS: THE MASTER OF PULP STORYTELLING
|- An anthology of scholarly and fannish essays and articles about the King
of the Pulps: Edgar Rice Burroughs ---- the writer who kick-started
modern science fiction.
Few, if any, authors of science fiction writing since the publication of A
PRINCESS OF MARS can say that they were not influenced, to a greater
or lesser degree, by the pulp adventure and science-fiction storyteller,
Edgar Rice Burroughs. A seminal work, that 1912 novel started the ever
popular Planetary Romance genre and the first ever science-fiction series,
running for ten books between 1912 and 1948. Burroughs also created
Tarzan of the Apes, perhaps the first action hero in mainstream literature
and certainly the first in the movies.
His popularity with the general public was assured with the 1914 hard
cover publication of his first Tarzan novel. However, only since the 1980s
have critics in journalism and academia began to recognize the impact of
his work on fantastic literature in general. Today his literary future and
reputation are secure.
The contributors to this anthology include critics, scholars and fans of
this most popular of all pulp storytellers: Patrick H. Adkins, David
Critchfield, J. G. Huckenpöhler, Charles A. Madison, John Flint Roy,
Suzannah Rowntree, Abraham Sherman, Den Valdron, John C. Wright,
and Robert B. Zeuschner. Together their essays and articles survey the
impact and influence of American writer Edgar Rice Burroughs on science
fiction writing and film, and in the process affirming both his reputation
and his continued popularity with collectors and the general reading
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|Testimonials about the book EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS: THE MASTER OF PULP STORYTELLING
-A great book. I’m sorry I’ve taken so long to get back to you but I’ve been “busy”. Not so busy that I wasn’t able to read it cover to cover. A lot
of good solid information with no fluff. Now that things are quieting down for me I want to get back to searching out more of ERB’s books. Of
course your book came with no damage. The way you package things how could there be any damage?
- posted on Amazon:
- A good collection of ERB lore and facts. It's fun reading even if I don't agree with all the articles. Great for someone who hasn't studied ERB
and it even has surprises for someone like me who has read a lot. Normally, you would have to read a lot of books and magazines to have had
this information at your fingertips. From here, you should have a good idea of what you want to study next.
- posted on Amazon:
"A Wonderfully Crafted Collection of Articles
As a life-long Burroughs fan, I was intrigued by the title, EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS: The Master of Pulp Storytelling. I knew that almost all of
Burroughs' stories originally appeared in pulp magazines, but I'd never thought of him as primarily a pulp writer. But the editor and essays in
this book delightfully expound on Burroughs gift to tell stories that create worlds of fantastic adventure - the heart of pulp storytelling. Charlie
Madison does a wonderful job in selecting and weaving together this wonderful collection of essays using what he calls "asides." These
wonderful anecdotes and musings serve as transitions between articles. I found them to be entertaining and full of wit and wisdom. I especially
enjoyed Madison’s previously unpublished article on the post-war drama between ERB book publishers. The articles by David Critchfield are
fascinating and the choice of John Flint Roy’s chapter from A Guide to Barsoom was a great way to end the book. This is a wonderful book full
of warmth and devotion for Mr. Burroughs, but with enough surprises to keep the reader fully engaged."
- posted on Amazon:
"A Look At The Impact Of A Single Author Upon A Genre
I like it. An interesting look at some of the tropes we all know and love; the planetary romance, the lost world(s), and so forth. What pushed it to
"4 star" was John C. Wright's review of John Carter (the movie). YES! At last. Someone who understands. It's NOT a bad movie, nor is it a bad
story, per se, but it's NOT A Princess of Mars. Another article I found interesting and somewhat humorous was the examination of ERB's use of
the 'framing' technique, wherein he was not the protagonist, but was taking down the story FROM the protagonist, or from an eyewitness.
Apparently 'Framing' ERB was quite the long-lived chap (but what can one expect when one is descended from Captain John Carter, late of the
Army of Virginia).
- email from buyer:
Just finished your book. Started it this morning and read the whole thing in one day. I believe I had read a few of those essays previously in the
fanzines, but most of them I didn't know about. Was really surprised to find out that the O.A.Kline stories were mostly "abridged" versions in a
number of their incarnations. Will have to replace a number of my copies with full versions. I have never sought to research background on
most of the authors I read, am mostly satisfied with authors that I consider to be good "spinners of yarns". My mom and dad were the ones who
introduced me to Burroughs. Dad fell in love with his writing when he was a kid and got my mom to try him out when they got married. She
ended up reading all of the Burroughs books out loud to dad, and he got to hear them all over again. When I was a teen mom got me to read
them out loud to her. I suspect mainly to improve my reading skills.
Anyhow, . . . I really enjoyed it.
- facebook by Amazon customer in response to an ad the editor posted:
"Fantastic book Charles, read it cover to cover in less than two days"
- posted on Amazon:
"What a wonderful read.
What a wonderful read...written by scholarly fans for fans of ERB...if you are a fan of Burroughs this is not to be missed!!!!!!!"