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on 27 July 2011
A curious book. Not a biography, but more an extended bibliography. ERB was prolific but led a very normal and private life, so there is some background and much of talk of influences, examining other authors to find sources for various aspects of ERBs stories, but little detail. The discussions on influences are rarely conclusive and become a bit of a distraction. The main part of the book looks at the various series ERB produced, including Martian, Venus, Tarzan, at the earth's core and the land that time forgot as well as many others. most books are described in detail, include many intricacies of plot, how they relate to the series as a whole and what they tell you about ERB's ideas and stages of life. The good and bad books are charted fairly.
It is nice to read if you have read a few of the books as they provide insights, links between books that were not obvious and revel in their fantasy elements. It is also useful if you are planning to read, as it makes clear which books are really only just worth the effort. No great conclusion is drawn, save that ERBs influence will live on as each generation discovers the timeless characters again - at the time of writing this, a John Carter of Mars film is in production.