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Treasure of the Black Falcon
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Religious Themes in the Novels of 
Edgar Rice Burroughs 
by Robert B. Zeuschner, Ph.D. 
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Gleanings from the ERB Timeline Bio: August 1900-1929

1900: August 8: James Hubert Pierce is born ~ future son-in-law and movie/radio Tarzan actor.
1903: Ed and Emma take many romantic walks along the river. His brothers possibly feel he is not carrying his own weight in the company. After a possible quarrel with George, Ed and Emma load their belongings and a collie dog, Rajah, on a freight wagon and leave to join brother Harry's gold dredging operation at Parma, on the Snake River. Ed gambles away his money ($40) at Hadley and Harry has to fund the remainder of the trip.
1904: The Burroughs brothers, having experienced failed businesses in Idaho, have all returned to Chicago. George has taken over the presidency of American Battery Company upon his father's retirement. Harry, after recovering from a serious eye injury, takes a job with a telephone company and later with Automatic Electric as assistant to the manager. Coleman, whose Minidoka store had burned, works as sales manager of Hawtin Engraving.
1908: Ed leaves his success and security at Sears to go into business for himself. He and a partner start an advertising agency based upon a correspondence course aimed at preparing students in salesmanship: Burroughs & Dentzer, Advertising Contractors. It fails. Ed writes the poem "Poverty!" and pawns Emma's jewelry.
1909: Ed accepts a position as office manager for Dr. Stace's Physicians Co-Operative Association selling Alcola, which is publicized as a cure for alcoholism. Ed turns down an offer to come back to Sears to start a business with Stace in which they train salesmen - a part of their training involved the selling products for the company.
1909: August 12: Birth of son Hulbert. Ed and Emma start an elaborate baby book with art, poems and photos: Your pop came prancing home one night ~ Upon the Lake street "L" ~ And Mamma met him at the door ~ Some gladsome news to tell. ~ "Oh, papa dear, look here, look here! ~ "And skip around in joy, ~ "For I've been down to Hillman's store ~ "And bought a baby boy."

August 1910-1919
1911: Ed's pencil sharpener business fails and he goes to work for brother Coleman who owns a stationery manufacturing company - the Champlain-Yardley Co. He uses his new office to complete the first half of his Mars story - working titles include "My First Adventure on Mars" and "The Green Martians."
1911: August 14: Ed submits his unfinished, 12-chapter,  43,000-word, 180-page manuscript to All-Story Magazine. He decides to use the title Dejah Thoris, Martian Princess by Normal Bean. The return address is that of the Champlin-Yardly Company, 222 West Kinzie St., Chicago and  typing appears to have been done by the company secretary. After November 11 his return address is the home address of 20098 Park Avenue. 
1911: August 24: Ed receives a letter of tentative acceptance of the manuscript from the managing editor of All-Story Magazine, Thomas Newell Metcalf of the Frank A. Munsey Company in New York.
1912: Ed spends much of the month writing a  sequel to Under the Moons of Mars. Tarzan of the Apes has been accepted by All-Story who are preparing it for publication in the October issue.
1913: Ed returns from a meeting with Metcalf of All-Story Magazine  in New York. 
1913: August 13: New Story's third installment of The Return of Tarzan features a cover painting by N. C. Wyeth. The original painting found its way to the Graham Gallery in New York. 
1913: August 15: Ed accepts New Story's $500 offer for The Outlaw of Torn.
1913: August 16: He starts writing The Mucker 
1913: August 20: Rand McNally decline first book publication rights to Tarzan of the Apes.
1913: Late August: Ed starts plans to take his family  to California for the winter. The sole means of support for the family of five is now the income from Ed's writings 
1914: August 8: A letter from ERB is printed in All-Story-Cavalier's "Heart to Heart Talks" column under the heading: "Tarzan Burroughs Outlines His Plans For The Future."
1914: August 17: The Cave Man is completed and mailed to Davis.
1914: August 21: Ed starts writing: Sweetheart Primeval 
1915: Ed joins the Author's  League of America.  Beyond Thirty is rejected by Saturday Evening Post, Colliers and American Magazine. 
1915: August - mid: The synopses, "The Lion Hunter," (a five-page comedy) and The Mucker are written to be submitted as film ideas. 
1915: August 16-17: "His Majesty, The Janitor," a seven-page synopsis is written at 414 Augusta Street, Oak Park. 
1915: August 24-25: "The Prospector", a synopsis expansion of "For the Fool's Mother" is written for film. 
1916:  August 7: Start of the Burroughs family harrowing month-long, cross-country auto trek to California.
1917: Ed and family vacation at Coldwater, Michigan. 
1917: August 11: The Moving Picture World magazine reports that National Film's Los Angeles studio is preparing for the production of Tarzan of the Apes and is making ape costumes. 
1918: ERB contributes the article, "The Creator of Tarzan," to the Book News Monthly and he receives $1000 from the Red Book Corporation for the motion picture rights to "The Oakdale Affair." World Film Company produces it as a five-reeler, one year later.  The Land That Time Forgot ("The Lost U-Boat") is published in Blue Book. 
1918: McClurg's Bulletin promotes the Tribe of Tarzan club by reporting the rules and purposes of the club. They also note that the Tribe is successfully selling Liberty Bonds and is working in the Red Cross Thrift Stamp Campaign. 
1918: August 12-25: Ed joins his militia company in training at Camp Steever, Geneva Lake, Illinois. He is later promoted to major and to the command of the First Battalion, Second Infantry of the Illinois Reserves. 
1918: August 31: "A National Reserve Army Proposal" appears in the Army-Navy Journal. 
1919: John A. Shea is hired as secretary. Ed receives a painting of the Burroughs family crest which contains a griffin and a tree with deep roots. The motto is ADDAX FORTUN JUVAT which I interpret as "To inspire and give fortune, luck, happiness and wealth in youth"

August 1920 - 1929
1920: Tarzana Ranch undergoes major renovations: central heating, a three-car garage, servants rooms, darkroom, workshop, a study that doubled as a home school room. Ballroom/movie theatre/playroom, projection booth, swimming pool, golf course, lion and monkey cages, riding trails, hen house, hog pen, dairy barn and horse stalls maintenance, etc. 
1920: August 14: Ed starts writing  Tarzan the Terrible  Munsey will buy it for $3,000. 
1921: Great Western Producing Company complete The Adventures of Tarzan with Elmo Lincoln - which they advertise as "picturized" from the concluding chapters of The Return of Tarzan
The month's schedule of films shown in the Tarzana Ranch Ballroom Theatre include: Stuffed Lions (short) ~ The Fire Cat ~ Tee Time ~ Society Secrets ~ Coloradowith Frank Mayo
1921: August 17: Hulbert and Jack contract mild cases of polio and the Burroughses decide to try educating the children with a tutor for one year. He writes the Hollywood School for Girls to tell them he was satisfied with Joan's education there but the daily commute was getting too hard to handle. He also requested that the tuition he had paid for Hulbert and Jack's attendance there be refunded since they did not plan to attend.
1921: August 23: German publisher Tauchnitz requests permission to publish Jungle Tales of Tarzan, instead of Tarzan the Terrible which has strong anti-German content. 
1922: Ed makes use of the Ediphone and dictates much of his writing into the machine.He contemplates writing a series of articles based on the Central American exploits of the soldier-of-fortune, General Lee Christmas. He abandons the necessary research trip to Guatemala when he can not obtain a guaranteed sale of the project. 
1922: August 9 - 31: "Beware" is written. The 24,000-word story is rejected by Argosy, Blue Book, Detective Tales & Weird Tales, Weird Tales, and Detective Book. It is accepted by Fantastic Adventures, July 1939 ($245) where it is changed into a SF story. 
1922: August 24: Ed applies for a loan to cover the ranch losses incurred over the last few years. He is considering subdividing 50 acres of the ranch land into business and residential lots. 
1923: Emma has an appendectomy. ERB turns the subdividing of Tarzana over to a land developer. Secretary Shea is replaced by G. L. Young. 
1923: August 10: The Girl from Hollywood is published by The Macauley Company - a deal set up by Bob Davis. Reviews were highly critical. The semi-autographical story is illustrated by P. J. Monahan. 
1923:  Ed enrolls Hulbert and Jack at the Urban Military Academy in Los Angeles and iIn preparation for a career in theatre, Joan enrolls in the Cumnock School of the Theatre in LA. 
1924: The Golden Gate Oil Company has drilled to a depth of 1,300 feet in their search for oil. Only traces were found and they abandoned their lease in the fall of 1926. 
1924: August 22 - September 1: "Notes on Trip to Mono Creek and Porpoise Lake" - a 10-page description of a fishing excursion with his sons into the Sierras is written. The famous Doodad is created during this trip. Ed shows early symptons of heart trouble. 
1925: Ed rents offices in the Commercial Exchange Building in downtown Los Angeles and in the Hohm Building at Sixth and Western. He orders numerous bottles of Prim from a St. Louis lab (Prinm Oil: herbal bee pollen mixture appears to have many qualities: deodorant, vitamins, aids for hardening of arteries, heart, PMS, MS, inflammation, release of sex hormones, lowering cholesterol, etc.) (In his quest for health, fitness and longevity Ed was very aware of health and fitness aids and is even rumoured to have tried injections of monkey glands at one time).
1925: August 7: General Hamas Carrillo of the Mexican Army pays $1,000 for Ed horse Brigadier Rex in a public auction at the Breakfast Club polo field. 
1925: The Burroughs family drives to and from Grand Canyon on a 1,400-mile camping trip and return home in time to celebrate Ed's 50th birthday.
1926:  Joan meets future husband, James Pierce, on a blind date at an El Caballero Country Club swimming party. Ed thinks he would make the perfect Tarzan. The family completes their move from 674 South New Hampshire, LA, back to Tarzana at 5245 (later changed to 5046) Mecca Avenue where Ed has built a cottage on Lot 76 of his tract 5475. He also moves his office to 5255 (later changed to 5135) Avenida Oriente in Tarzana. Hulbert and Jack commute daily to the Los Angeles Coaching School. Jack starts writing and illustrating his own stories. 
1927: The Tarzana Bulletin - "an aid to the development of Tarzana" is published. The editor is Ed's new secretary, Ralph Rothmund. The "Building Notes" section reports the construction of a new store and office building at 18352 Ventura Boulevard. There are also references to the "beautiful old walnut tree in the center of the yard" and Ed's study. 
1927: August 4: Ed starts writing  The Apache Devil
1927: August 28: A Charleston, Illinois English teacher writes Ed to compliment him on his writing, but goes on to list sections in Tarzan and the Golden Lion which should could have corrected before publication. He suggests that she read his new novel, Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle, which is about to start in Blue Book. 
1927: August 28-September 4: In commemoration of their 1916 cross-country trip, the family travel to the Grand Canyon North Rim. Ed noted that they had slept out in four states: California, Arizona, Utah and Nevada and both he and Emma had lost seven pounds during the seven-day tour. His 52nd birthday was spent in Arizona, as were his 21st and his 50th: "The Eleven Year Itch," a 6,000-word article is written to describe the event. 
1928: August 8:  Joan and James Pierce wedding day is also Pierce's Birthday. Pierce is now working as a coach at the University of Arizona. Hulbert makes plans to enroll as a senior in Van Nuys High School. 
1929: Ed forecloses on the El Caballero and gets back the Tarzana buildings and much of the land. The Illustrated Tarzan Book No. 1 is published by Grosset and Dunlap. Ed is very happy with Harold Foster's  work  Ed makes plans to take the boys on an auto-camping trip to the Ensenada area in Lower California. The family also travels north to Grant's Pass, Oregon in two Pullman Aerocoaches. 

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