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From the Dale Broadhurst Collection
Young Burroughs Models Wild Animals
Los Angeles Times ~ June 3, 1934
CLAREMONT. June 2 -- Modeling animals for museums is the unusual life vocation chosen by John Burroughs, senior at Pomona College, son of Edgar Rice Burroughs, famous author of the Tarzan stories.
YOung Burroughs will graduate from Pomona College this month, and as his senior honor project has created a model of a saber-tooth tiger which is now on display in Rembrandt Hall. Following commencement exercises the model will probably be exhibited at the Los Angeles Museum, as the curator has requested permission for its display.
Burroughs has been studying painting under Prof. Thomas Beggs and sculpture under Prof. Cyril Jurecka of Pomona College art department. His life ambition is to illustrate animal stories and to produce models of animals for museums. His model of the saber-tooth tiger has been produced after months of research and study, including a course in comparative anatomy, discussion of the muscles of a domestic cat, a study of the Brea pit specimens and many visits to zoos and lion farms.
The background for his model is made of molded rocks and painted desert scenes.
Burroughs also is prominent in college dramatics, and recently was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, national honorary scholastic fraternity.
Los Angeles Times ~ August 22, 1937
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Famed Author Sued -- Edgar Rice Burroughs,
author, shown here with his wife, the former
film actress Florence Gilbert, was sued by her
for divorce yesterday.
Los Angeles Times ~ July 24, 1941
Edgar Rice Burroughs, author, yesterday was sued for a divorce by his wife, Mrs. Florence Gilbert Burroughs, former motion-picture actress.
Los Angeles Times ~ June 26, 1942
Judge Xavier Rosas Cegallos said Mrs. Burroughs, the author's second wife, appeared personally. The Magistrate said the divorce decree probably will be granted some time next month.
Mrs. Burroughs' suit aroused speculation that she might be trying to speed a legal separation from the author to marry again. Under California law the decree she obtained here will not become final until May 4, 1943.
AT OVERSEAS BASE
Los Angeles Times ~ April 18, 1944
An advanced base in the Marshalls, April 8 (Delayed) (AP) -
It isn't every man who can meet his dad at an overseas post thousands of miles from home.
|Los Angeles Times ~ March 20, 1950
Author Edgar Rice Burroughs, 74, who created the apeman Tarzan and made millions from him, died yesterday at his Death came at 8:55 a.m. His personal physician Dr. Herman Seal, attributed it to a heart condition and arteriosclerosis.
The famed novelist had been ill about three months. For the last six weeks he had been confined to his bed and a wheel chair.
Burroughs created his apeman Tarzan when he was 35. It was said of him that he found a greater source of wealth in Africa than any many who ever went there in search of gold, diamonds or ivory. And never once did he step on the shores of the Dark Continent.
Few figures in American fiction made such an impact upon readers as did Tarzan. His author, who was large enough to wrestle a lion himself, put his tree-swinging creation through more than 20 novelized adventures in 39 years.
His business manager, Ralph Rothmund, who handles the financial empire of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., said the author leaves 15 novels behind him, still to be published. Almost 40,000,000 Tarzan books have been sold. In addition, radio serials, motion-picture rights, cartoon strips, games, toys and a candy bar added to Burroughs' royalties.
Sol Lesser, producer of many Tarzan pictures and a friend
of the author since the first apeman picture was made in 1918, yesterday
expressed sorrow at the news of the death and said, "Burroughs was a man
of warmth and kindliness who encouraged younger talent. In Tarzana he created
an unforgettable piece of American folklore."
NATIVE OF CHICAGO
DREW ON IMAGINATION
"Tarzan of the Apes" was written and published in 1912. Burroughs sold the rights to it for $700. It was a phenomenal success. It has been translated into 58 languages and has had one of the largest sales on record. Burroughs cannily refused to sell rights to subsequent novels. He leased them. Many of the Tarzan books he published himself.
Burroughs began investing in CAlifornia real estate from the profits of his first books. In 1918 he purchased the Gen. Harrison Gray Otis estate in the San Fernando Valley. He subdivided much of it and built his home Tarzana in its center. The city of Tarzana grew up around his house.
TARZAN HOME SOLD
After the war he returned to his writing and the San Fernando
Valley. He purchased his last home, a cottage at 5565 Zelzah Ave., Encino,
were he lived quietly until his death. Pierce Bros. Valley Mortuary will
be in charge of funeral arrangements.
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