Compiled by Bill Hillman
Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., Tarzana, California
Letters ~ Journals ~ Memorabilia ~ Interviews ~ Newspapers
|* ERB writes Tarzan
Jr. for the miniature Fairy
Castle Collection at The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.
ERB and Jack illustrate this one-of-a-kind tiny book
* The decade is a prosperous one for merchandising: Tarzan radios, yo-yos, jewelry, remote-controlled toys, colour scopes, chewing gum, bread, comics, etc.
* The Burroughses and Dearholts exchange social visits and business advice through the early '30s.
* ERB does a radio interview on radio station KTM where he discusses conservation, prohibition, and writing, expressing the belief that successful writing is an inherent ability and can not be taught.
* ERB works on "The Ghostly Script" (7,123 words) which he never completes.
* Ed's notebooks contain references to a Xonthron - Dr. Science project.
* Miss Pickford comes out to look at the property
January 20: In a letter to Hugh Thomason he noted that much of the inspiration for the War Chief came from his personal experiences with the 6th Cavalry in Arizona but he also lists the books he used as reference for detail:
The Marvellous Country: Three Years in Arizona and New Mexico, the Apache's Home by Samuel Woodworth Cozzens 1873
Thrilling Days in Army Life by General. George. A. Forthsyth 1900
Lives of Famous Indian Chiefs by Norman B. Wood
The Frontier Trail by Colonel Homer W. Wheeler
The Land of Poco Tiampo by Charles. F. Lummis
Geronimo's Story of His Life by S.M. Barrett, 1907
Trailing Geronimo: The Outbreak of the White Mountain Apaches, 1881 - 1886 by Anton Mazzanovich
Life Among the Apaches by John Carey Cremony
Apache Medicine-Men by John G. Bourke
"Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution"
"Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology"
January 21: Ed discusses his fondness for Southern California: "I have lived in Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Illinois, Michigan and have made fleeting visits to other parts of the U.S. and, with the possible exception of Arizona or New Mexico, I have never seen any place where I would rather live than here, and, of course, for most people there is no comparison even between Arizona or New Mexico and Southern California, their principal appeal to me being that there are fewer people there. Furthermore, my profession is such that I can live anywhere I please; yet I choose to live in Southern California and I am only one of a hundred and thirty odd million people who would like to do the same thing if they could."
January 21: "I am still looking at yachts, principally through the classified section of the Los Angeles Times, which is about as near as I ever get to the ocean. Yet I may say that there is nothing in the world that I have ever wanted very much that I have not eventually secured, so some day I expect to have a yacht. It may be only twenty feet long and propelled with oars, but still I can call it a yacht."
January 21: "I cannot see that being a grandfather makes much difference. For years I have been the oldest living human being, so that when at my own great age I become a grandfather it makes me feel quite youthful."
January 21: "Insofar as I am concerned, there are only three drinks -- Scotch, Bourbon and beer. All of this other stuff is poison."
Referring to cocktails: "It seemed almost criminal to spoil good whiskey in this way. However, I would not care if I never had a drink again as long as I live."
January 21: "Having toured the East and Canada in the private car of the general manager of a railway, I know precisely what a marvellous and luxurious way to travel this is."
January 23: Ed's Chain Letter Poem: "I never did this thing before ~ Nor shall I do it ever more ~ Forgive my first! ~ Of all the goddam pests there be ~ Chain letter writers seem to me ~ By far the worst ~ But when the Prince of Wales I see ~ And others of celebrity ~ I almost burst ~ With pride and with avidity ~ I seize my pen and send to thee ~ This thing accurst.
Ed's Directions: Mail it to nine other victims, whether you wish to or not, and tell them to pass on this epoch making slogan: 'Cross Crossings Cautiously,' whether you know what it's all about or not, Yours, Ed.
Chain Letter: This is that part of the chain of which you are a link. Your nine letters should go out within nine days, or may God have mercy on your soul: NAMES: Senator Heflin to Bernard Shaw ~ Arthur Train ~ C.G. Dawes ~ Henry Ford ~ Col. Lindberg ~ Carl Ekener ~ Dorothy Dix ~ Lady Lay ~ Artistide Briand ~ Ramsey McDonald ~ David Windsor ~ John Wilys ~ John Barrymore ~ Andrew Mellon ~ R.K. Weber ~ Walter Scott ~ E.M. Adams ~ A.C. Castle ~ Rae F. Bell ~ Hugh M. Randall ~ H. F. Hoffman ~ Oscar Greenwald ~ Carl F. Geilfuss ~ James B. Blake ~ Charles B. Blake ~ A. A. Hilton ~ S.A. Perking ~ C. L. Hufferd ~ F.E Jeffires ~ J.W. Towne ~ Earle B. Bertz ~ Martin Stelling Jr. ~ Louis Weidenmuller ~ "Dr. T. E. Bailly ~ Allan Hancock ~ P.N. Morgan ~ T.E. Ivey Jr. ~ I.H. Malin ~ Edgar Rice Burroughs ~ H.T. Weston."
January 24: The unfinished long poem, "Genghis Khan," is submitted to Good Housekeeping under the pseudeonym: Edar Burr c/o C. R. Rothmund, Box 625 Reseda, California. It is rejected and filed away.
January 27: Ed, Emma and the Rosenbergers drive to San Diego on their way to Julian to look at ranch property but on account of heavy rains all the way and flooded roads they can't reach Julian before dark and go on to Agua Caliente for the night.
January 29: Unhappy with the quality of Rex Maxon's artwork on The Return of Tarzan strip, Ed passes his concerns on to his syndicate, the Metropolitan Newspaper Service.
January 31: Ed and Emma celebrate their 30th Wedding Anniversary
February 7: From a letter sent to Blue Book pulp magazine: "Will you tell your artist, if it is not too late, that the red men of Mars are supposed to be an unusually handsome race, as masculine looks are judged by our standards. They should have strong, regular features."
February 9: Hulbert arrives home unexpectedly about one o'clock in the morning after a 50 mile drive from Claremont through dense fog. Ed is pleased with Hully's exam results from last semester: He received a hard-to-get A in the most difficult subject, and all A's and B's except for two C's -- ten more credits than he needed to pass.
February 9: Ed realizes that America is a good place to be -- US cigarettes in Cuba are 65 cents a pack and Mexican Bourbon is 120 dollars a case - twice the going rate under prohibition in the States.
February 12: Ed is critical of Berdanier's artwork in the Metropolitan proofs of Tanar of Pellucidar.
February 25: Ed buys a Bugle Cord for $3,790 (Cavalay?)
February 26: Ed buys two new side mirrors for the Cord (now part of the Danton Burroughs Collection) ~ Rochelle Hudson visits ~ rides with Hully and then he and Emma go to Phil's for bridge.
March: ERB, indicating that his doctor has recommended a long trip, tells Elser of his plans to sail for French Somali Land, partly to research a new Tarzan story. When Elser shows little interest in helping to finance the trip through publishing a travel book, Ed loses interest.
March: Ed starts to suffer from severe abdominal pains which interfere with his plans to visit with the Westons during their California visit.
March 3: Rothmund, acting as proxy for Ed and the Westons, attends a stockholders' meeting of the troubled Metropolitan Airport.
March 6: Ed is speaker of the day at the Hollywood Breakfast Club.
March 18: The death of Ed's 48-year-old brother, Frank Coleman Burroughs (born May 14, 1872), at Wilmette, Illinois.
March 18 - June 9: Tarzan and the Man Things is written -- most of it dictated to cylinders.
April - September: A Fighting Man of Mars is serialized in six parts in Blue Book ($8,000).
April: Jack pursuing his interest in photogaphy enlarges many of Bert Weston's 35mm photos.
April 1: ERB disassociates himself from his foreign agent, Curtis Brown. Ed is dissatisfied with Methuen and the dwindling foreign sales.
April 21: The article, "Entertainment is Fiction's Purpose", is sent by request to Writer's Digest.
April 23: Ed visits Felix's office at the Brody Syndicate, then Rex Lease and over to Ashton Dearholt's to talk production business. Jack and Hulbert are both home -- they hike to Jacknife Canyon and then play "Michigan" with Bill Corwin.
May 1: ERB shares a promotional plan with Elser in which he would read from one of his books on radio each night for 15 minutes. Ed, Elser and Joe Neebe, who is now working for Detroit's Sound Studios Company, are all excited about the potential of radio.
May 11: Ed's diary entry indicates that he has just originated '83' (or "Tarzana')." He proceeds, in a ten-page manuscript, "Tarzana Bridge," to describe the card game he has invented during a bout of lumbago. The idea and booklet are presented to Metropolitan as a promotion but nothing comes of it.
May 12: Elser makes a proposal for handling radio arrangements and granting Ed 60% of the proceeds. Nothing develops on radio for another two years.
May 29: Tanar of Pellucidar is published by Metropolitan ~ 312 pages ~ Word count estimate: 78,000 ~ The dedication is: "To Joan Burroughs Pierce II." She is the ERB's first grandchild - she later becomes Mrs. Charles Anselmo, Jr.
June 6: Ed rides to Chi-Go-Oy Hills (he had given them an Apache name) and through Jacknife Canyon (name derived from Hully having lost his jacknife there) and on to observe in sadness the clearing of trees: sycamores and live oaks. He visits Jim and Joan in the afternoon and they play golf followed by beer and bridge.
June 9: Tarzan and the Man Things dictation is finished on 5 wax cylinders. Both Dictaphone and Ediphone were used over the years - cylinders were shaved and reused. He meets with Marks of MGM who feel his asking price of 75,000 for the Tarzan film is too high as Zane Grey was only getting 50,000. Joan visits in the afternoon and they ride out to the canyon where water pipes are being installed. Ed is captivated by pretty little baby Joan.
June 13: In a letter to Blue Book Ed states:: "...I think I shall write a Western. . ."
June 14 - July 12: That Damned Dude is written (60,000 words) -- dictated to cylinders. It is rejected many times before its publication in Thrilling Adventures in 1940.
June 17: He goes through the magazine copies of Tarzan at the Earth's Core ~ examined for life insurance ~ takes some car pictures for insurance ~ they hire a new maid ~ he rides the trails to Jacknife Canyon.
June 26: In another letter to Blue Book: "I am writing a Western which is in an entirely different vein from anything that I have done before. ... I am trying to make it more lady-like in the hope of getting it into some hermaphrodite publication like Red Book...."
June 30: The article, "Entertainment is Fiction's Purpose", is published in Writer's Digest.
June 30: Correspondence to sell That Damned Dude include this anecdote found in a letter to Collier's Weekly: "Your telegram of (January 9, 1930) has been lying in the mountains near Cedar City, Utah, for over five months, in the wrecked mail plane of Captain Maurice Graham, who was lost in a heavy blizzard on January 10th. His plane was found a few days ago, but no trace of Graham has been discovered. I have kept the envelope to add to a number of mementos that I have preserved of Captain Graham, with whom I flew to Salt Lake City in February, 1927. It is rather a coincidence that I was about to write you relative to a story on which I am now working. It is a modern Western, located on a dude ranch in Arizona. While it will be finished in a few weeks, it will not be required for book publication necessarily for some time, as I am two years or more ahead of my book publishers. . . . There are a couple of reasons why this story may have value in addition to whatever entertainment qualities are inherent in it. In the first place, my early experience and inclinations were such that I should have written Westerns exclusively. For some time during my youth I worked as a cow puncher; afterward I soldiered in the 7th United States Cavalry in Arizona, and later still I ran a store in a cattle country in Idaho. Further, just at present, my stories and my name are receivng unusually wide publication through the Tarzan illustrated strips that are running in some hundred and ten newspapers in all of the larger cities of the United States; nor ever since I started to write have my books enjoyed a greater sale, which seems to be increasing rather than diminishing." Collier's rejected the story. The story was also rejected by Saturday Evening Post, Liberty, Ladies Home Journal, Blue Book, Argosy (twice), College Humor, Short Stories. Five years later he re-submitted the manuscript to Liberty under the title "The Brass Heart" using the pseudonym John Mann. Liberty rejected it again. The story eventually saw print in Thrilling Adventures in 1940.
* Jack enrolls in Pomona College in Claremont.
July: Hully chauffeurs relatives back to Chicago and Coldwater. He flies back to California.
July 10, 11 or 12: Morning rides with Hully. Part of the car is stolen under the club. Jim Pierce's folks visit for dinner -- "nice people"
July 13: Ed rides alone.~ he goes shopping for tiles for the living room ~ meets with Congressman Grant .... to establish a Tarzana post office ~ Emma goes on a shopping trip to Wilshire ~ Joan and the baby come for the night
July 14: Ed sends Weston one of many letters expressing his regret over having persuaded him to invest in the failed Metropolitan Airport and aircraft engine stock.
July 14: Jack is in charge of a cabin full of kids at a YMCA mountain camp for a week.
July 16: Ed and Jack go riding on the trails ~ he gets the living room tile estimate
July 17: Ed and Jack ride in the morning ~ The El Cab pipes are laid
July 30: Ed hikes to the ocean and notes the new wall on the hill ~ Florence, Ashton and the baby are out for the afternoon with Joan.
August: Ed goes through all his note books and makes index pages in alphabetical order (i.e. Elmo Lincoln: page 97)
He drives to Metro Airport (LAX) and sees Ludwig ~ Jack goes to the YMCA ~ Florence is at 18 Amherst ~
Graduation Ceremonies ~ he is very proud of the children ~ Alice asks Emma and Ed to stay the night ~ Jim has only evening clothes and sleeps on the davenport.
On a morning ride to Barbed Wire Canyon Hulbert finds shed rattler skins and decomposed owl heads ~ Ed returns to dictate more cylinders ~ painters are in the kitchen.
Ed meets with Felix at 1 pm to view the El Cab plan ~ California Bank and ERB, Inc. work out finances
He sees a photo of Hully's new girl of the month
Hully, an excellent golfer does not qualify in the Los Angeles city tournament but wins a cup at the Pasadena Municipal Golf Course.
August 7: Emma discovers that some of Hully's golf trophies appear to have been stolen.
August 17: Ed notes receiving letters from the Dearholts who are travelling around the Southwest in their "land yacht" -- a mobile home constructed by Ashton.
September 12: Jack leaves for college.
September 13: Ed writes to Bert Weston: "Emma, Hulbert, Jack and I just returned from a trip up the Redwood Highway to Grant's Pass in Oregon and back down the Pacific Highway, which follows the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys. We made the trip in two Aerocars. They are trailers that hook on behind a car, with a special hitch. The big one, which is called a Pullman and is twenty feet long, was hauled by my old 1921 Packard Roadster. This car contains two lower berths, two upper berths, long divan, lavatory, toilet, refrigerator, clothes press and various drawers and compartments for clothing or what have you. The other trailer, which we used as a commissary car, was hauled by a Ford Pick-up car that I bought for the purpose. It was our dining room and kitchen. We took the cook and his wife, who slept in the commissary car. It makes a very easy way of camping out and the whole outfit worked out very nicely. I think one of these cars would be a great thing for you and Margaret, who are always tearing around the country."
September 15: Hulbert returns to college.
October 13: Ed writes to nephew Studley that he has provided financial assistance of $10,000 to son-in-law James Pierce who has gone into business with the California Vitamine Co. to develop a new chicken feed made from dehydrated oranges.
October 28: ERB starts but never finishes a story about a young Tarzan -- "Young Tarzan Ponders" (1,170 words). (the story remains unreleased in the ERBzine archive). This story, if finished, would had dovetailed quite nicely with the Jungle Tales of Tarzan short stories. Danton had sent me the typed and handwritten manuscript which I keyed into my computer for digital display and for his ERB, Inc. files. It has never been released.
October 30 - April 1931: Tarzan, Guard of the Jungle is serialized in Blue Book (the working title was Tarzan and the Man Things - the book title would be Tarzan the Invincible).
September 23: Ed tries a Pierce Arrow at Jack Watkins and also sees the Cord people and meets with Phil Corwin about seeing show houses. Ed is pressured to buy a $5000 trot horse and he sees some beautiful horses at Pomona. He visits Hully at Clearmont
November: The Burroughs family return to their original Tarzana home (the El Caballero Club House). He takes possession of 30 acres, which he starts to clear and landscape.
November: Ed and Emma drive the 530-mile trip to Tucson, Arizona to see Pomona defeated by the University of Arizona on a Friday and drive home on Sunday (a 12 1/2 hour trip each way in the Cord).
November: Ed, suffering severe pain from a bladder obstruction, has a series of operations. The condition, called epididymitis, involves an inflammation related to the testicles. Two operations are performed at the Hollywood Hospital - November and January. The bill is $2,551.45.
November 5: He is given a medical examination in Hollywood Hospital and is given morphine and a general anaesthetic. The drugs make him very sick but he is impressed with the professionalism of Nurse Emory. He stays overnight but drives home in the morning in time for breakfast.
November 9: Ed returns to the hospital with a temperature of 102 degrees and he feels rotten. He returns home at 3:30, weak and depressed. Caballero is in escrow at the bank.
November 14: He is advised to take a publishing offer from Harper. He attends two football games. The boys head back to college. Ed and Emma go to the Egyptian Theatre to see Africa Speaks a documentary of explorer Paul Hoefler's exploits in Africa, narrated by Lowell Thomas. He thinks Thomas' attempts at humour in the narration fall flat.
November 16: "The old place on The Hill was turned over to me, though the deal is not yet out of escrow. My attorney expects it will be within a day or two. This will give me back three hundred and forty five acres, including the improvements, entirely clear, but the fly in the ointment is caused by the question as to whether it is not going to be too much of a burden for me to carry, in addition to which I can see anywhere from fifteen to twenty-five thousand dollars expense in rehabilitating the property, which was permitted to run down badly. Although conditions are not particularly good here at present for liquidating, I think I shall start in unloading, even if I have to take considerably less for the property than I know it to be worth."
November 23: He rides out with Jack to inspect damage from the recent storm. The gale has blown down a favourite old sycamore tree and others -- "like losing an old friend." Ed and Emma drive into Hollywood to see Minn and Bill with Marie Dressler and Wallace Beery.
November 24: "We are hoping that our future address will be Tarzana Ranch, Tarzana Drive, Tarzana, California, which ought to be the height of something or other."
November 25/26: 11 A.M. operation at Hollywood Hospital.
November 28: Tarzan at the Earth's Core is published by Metropolitan. ~ Word count estimate: 79,000
December 11: Washington officially approves a post office at Tarzana.
December 16: Tarzana, California is officially registered as a city with its own post office.
|* An article praising the merits of travelling in a Pullman
Aerocoach appears in the company's Caravan Club publication. Ed describes
their 1929 trip to Grant's Pass in which they use two Aerocoaches.
Early in month: Ed and Emma attend Jack's matriculation ceremony.
February 3: The morning is too cool to ride so Ed takes the big grandfather clock in for cleaning. Hulbert and Jesse are playing golf. Later Ed and Emma drive the boys to college and stop in at Van Nuys to see the Electrolux refrigerators.
February 15: He looks over plans to wreck old house and starts house hunting. There are plans for naming dedication of the new Tarzana Drive. In to Hollywood to see Charlie Chaplin's City Lights at the new theatre.
February 19: Nephew Studley Burroughs offers to illustrate the upcoming ERB Inc. editions. Finding that St. John's rates are too high, Ed enlists Studley's services despite the man's shattered emotional state over family tragedies. He struggles with deadlines but manages to illustrate Tarzan the Invincible, Jungle Girl, Tarzan Triumphant, and Apache Devil before Ed gives up on him and turns to St. John and eventually John Coleman Burroughs.
February 23: ERB informs Elser of Metropolitan that he is planning to take over publishing of the Burroughs books himself - a reckless move in the middle of the Great Depression. Drives to Hollywood to see W.S. Van Dyke's Trader Horn starring Harry Carey and Duncan Renaldo but Emma remembers at intermission that they had to be home to babysit at Joan's. Joan and Jim are off to a party (ten years earlier he had expessed a dislike of Harry Carey but ironically Van Dyke was soon to play a major role in the production of ERB's films.).
February 24: Ed rides to Jacknife Canyon and checks on the new horses in the pasture, meets at the bank and gets more information on his publishing venture. He attends preparations for Tarzana Drive dedication ceremony. He takes Emma for a radiograph of her teeth and they spend the evening playing Bridge.
February 27 - May 20: Tarzan and the Raiders is written. Rothmund takes it to NY where it is rejected by Cosmopolitan and Colliers.
February 28: The day is spent planting trees -- Japanese Plum Plant, etc., playing golf and celebrating Jack's 18th birthday. Ed is worried that his medical condition is not improving fast enough. He sits for a magazine interview.
March 5: Ed meets with the Fish and Game Commission ~ After Foxhole hunting he spends the afternoon sunbathing in Jackfish Canyon.
March 12: In to Hollywood to see Douglas Fairbanks in Reaching for the Moon.
March 13?: Results of Emma's exam are OK. He talks on phone with Tom Scully.
March 15: The Tarzan Sunday color pages debut. Ed, still critical of Maxon, finds his artwork much better here than in the dailies. Soon after, however, Ed is elated when Foster agrees to take over the Sunday pages.
March 23: In to Lowe State Theatre in Hollywood to see Buster Keaton in Parlor, Bedroom, and Bath. (co-star in the film is Charlotte Greenwood. A few years later Ed rents her house on Rodeo Drive ~ the film also stars Reginald Denny who had been in ERB's Oakdale Affair back in 1919)
April 2: Meeting at MGM. Thalberg wants to make a Tarzan movie. Checked with Elmo Lincoln who said he had no legal assignment on Tarzan of the Apes.
April 3: Another meeting at MGM where he sees stars including Keaton and Greenwood. He gives the MGM brass stipulations and refers them to Ralph concerning picture rights.
April 15: Ed signs a Tarzan contract and receives cheque from MGM.
April 17: ERB advises George Carlin of United Features against the use of children in the Sunday colour page. He wishes to impress upon people that his stories are primarily for adults. Secretary Rothmund later meets with Carlin in New York to emphasize these concerns.
April 20s: Bert and Margaret Weston visit -- use trailer. Notebook entries for Xontron, Dr. Science, etc: lost unpublished works.
April 24: More El Cab dealings.
April 28: Ed, making plans to publish his own books, asks Van Nuys High School principal, J. P. Inglis to recommend someone who could proofread the galley proofs of Tarzan the Invincible. He hires teacher, Adele Bischoff. Ed, Emma and boys go to Balboa to look at beach property.
May - September: The Land of Hidden Men (originally Dancing Girl of the Leper King and appears in book form as Jungle Girl) is run in Blue Book.
May: Ashton Dearholt informs Ed that his and Florence's vagabond, "land yachting" days are over and that they are taking an apartment in West Hollywood.
May 10: Birth of George McWhorter future curator of the Burroughs Memorial Collection at the University of Louisville and responsible for the resurrection of the Burroughs Burroughs Bibliophiles and Burroughs Bulletin (after the death of founder Vern Coriell).
May 15: A Fighting Man of Mars is published by Metropolitan ~ 319 pages ~ Heins word count: 73,000
June 1: Autograph LETTER sent.
June 12 - 13: The 6,531-word crime story, "Calling All Cars" is written. It is rejected by Saturday Evening Post, Cosmopolitan, Liberty, Colliers and College Humor. It is not published.
June 29: Rothmund writes to Carlin, again attacking the childish atmosphere of the Sunday pages.
July 9 - September 25: Tarzan and the Leopard Men is written (80,000 words). After rejections it is accepted by Blue Book for $5,000.
July 28: Pleased with Miss Bischoff editing job, Ed sends her "The Dancing Girl of the Leper King" for correction. He later also sends three installments of Tarzan and the Leopard Men.
September 20: Rex Maxon's last Sunday Tarzan page is published.
October - March: The Triumph of Tarzan appears as a six-part serial in Blue Book.
October 2 - November 6: Pirates of Venus is written (60,000 words).
October 4: The appearance of the first Hal Foster illustrated Tarzan Sunday page ("Terror From the Skies").
October 27: Ed sees Check and Double Check with Amos 'n Andy
October 28: Attends All-Star baseball game at Wrigley and then to Pantages Hollywood (just east of Hollywood & Vine ~ built in 1930 for $1.25 million, it was one of the most beautiful theatres in town. It hosted the star-studded premieres of many major films) to see Chic Sale in The Star Witness.
November 20: Tarzan the Invincible ~ 318 pages ~ Print Run: 10,000 ~ Estimated word count 80,000. This is the first book published under the Burroughs imprint. The printing and binding was done by Kingsport Press in Kingsport, Tennessee. They would print all of the ERB, Inc. books until 1948. Cover and frontispiece are by nephew Studley Burroughs.
November 21 - January 7, 1932: Tarzan and the City of Gold is written. Working titles include: "Tarzan and the Lion People" "Tarzan the Courageous" and "Tarzan Courageous."
December 29: The 2000-word article, "Literary Rights," is sent upon request to Writer's Digest. It is published as "Protecting the Author's Rights" in the 1932 Writer's Yearbook.
|* The first three of ERB's collection of nine murder mysteries
- "Murder, A collection of Short Murder Mystery Puzzles"
is published in Rob Wagner's Script Magazine (Beverly Hills): "Who
Murdered Mr. Thomas?" "The
Red Necktie," and "The
Terrace Drive Murder." "The
Lightship Murder" would appear in 1935. The 3,000-word "Dupuyster
Case" remains unfinished.
February: ERB is extremely happy with the preview of MGM's first "talkie" Tarzan, Tarzan, the Ape-Man, starring Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O'Sullivan. The pronunciation of Tarzan is changed to Tar-ZAN in the picture.
February 13: The California Vitamine Company goes into bankruptcy.
February 22 - May 5: Pirate Blood is written (a 34,000-word novelette). It is rejected by many magazines.
February 29: In a letter to niece Mrs. Carleton (Evelyn) McKenzie, Ed writes that he is impressed with the sound effects created for the first two preview episodes of the new Tarzan radio show.
February?: The American Radio Syndicate production, Tarzan of the Apes, starring James and Joan Burroughs Pierce and Gale Gordon, is produced as six-days-a-week serial, in 15-minute episodes.
March 12 - April 16: Tarzan and the City of Gold is serialized in Argosy.
March 14: Autograph LETTER sent.
March 27 (circa): The Westons visit Tarzana. They have been wintering at Hotel Del Coronado, Coronado Beach. Weston is glad to see that Ed is looking much better than the year before when he appeared to be depressed. Weston's son Jeff gets along well with Hully and Jack.
April: Jungle Girl (Read the eText) is published by ERB, Inc. ~ 318 pages ~ Print Run: 5,333 ~ Estimated word count: 67,000 . This is the first book to feature the famous ERB doodad symbol on the spine - this and all the book illustrations are by Studley Burroughs.
April: "What Good is Fiction?" article is written for the inside back flap of the jacket for Jungle Girl. ERB criticizes writers who pose as prophets or leaders or teachers.
May 9: In response to Tarzan, the Ape-Man's huge success, Ed joins director Van Dyke and Maureen O'Sullivan in a personal stage appearance at a Los Angeles theatre.
May 18: "The golf course (El Caballero) is open and we are losing only about three grand per month. But everyone is having a good time."
May 25: Bert Weston writes that he and everyone he knows are thrilled with the new MGM Tarzan picture. . . but. . .."I think you took too little for the next three Tarzans. Also, where did Metro get the Tar-ZAN pronounciation? I have been around a whole lot with Tarzan's papa, and know all you Tarzan folk fairly well, even to being well acquainted with two Tarzans of the canine species, and I have never noted any accent on the ZAN!"
May 25: Weston writes: "I do not know whether it is the climate, or what, but you certainly have shaken off at least ten years since '31. I hate to see you guys, who are my seniors, looking a good ten years younger than I do, but, someway, all the rest of the family seem to like it, and even go so far as to twit me about it.". . . "Hulbert is a real golfer, if I ever saw one. He has got whatever a golfer has to have. That little final wiggle, before he starts his swing, is just the sort of thing that all rating golfers have, in some form or another. That is just a warning that here goes a long one straight down the center!" . . . "I cannot imagine being better situated than you are, with your ranch-house in the San Franando, and that fine beach location.
May 28: "The Red Necktie" an 800-word short story, related to the Murder Mystery Puzzles is published in Rob Wagner's Script Magazine.
May 31: Ed's comments on the new Tarzan, the Ape Man film: "I thought Maurine (sic) O'Sullivan added quite a bit to the picture. As a matter of fact, she is far more attractive off the screen than she is on, which is unusual for motion picture actresses. Their pronunciation of Tarzan was their own. I don't give a damn what they call him as long as their checks come regularly. One reason they did not premier Tarzan and roadshow the picture is because they all underestimated its value. One of their publicity men told me yesterday that it was their biggest money maker so far this year. As a matter of fact, it just swept them off thier feet." Additions to the beach house have begun.
June: "The Tarzan Theme" article appears in Writer's Digest.
June: ERB closely monitors the new radio show. He sends his criticisms to company president Dahlquist, i.e. carelessness in script preparation - especially in grammar, Tarzan showing fear or laughing, comedy involving Tarzan. Ed is pleased enough with the programme to sign a three-year contract which also guarantees employment for Jim and Joan.
June 5: Elmo Lincoln complains to Ed that MGM's portrayal of Tarzan is without dignity.
June 29: Ed submits the 400-word article, "The Birth of Tarzan, by his Poppa," to Script magazine. He jokingly makes movie actress, Thelma Todd, the main topic.
July: "Tarzan for President" article appears in Blue Book
July 9: The article, "Edgar Rice Burroughs Tells All," appears in Script magazine. An hilarious autobiography filled with events that never happened.
June 9: Hulbert and Jack finish school. Hulbert plans to go to the ROTC training camp for six weeks, and Jack is going up somewhere around Big Bear to attend the summer art school.
July 26: Ed expresses his pleasure to J. C. Powell, Librarian Emeritus of the University of California at Berkley who has welcomed him into the honoured circle of authors of the Golden State.
August - January 1933: Tarzan and the Leopard Men is serialized in Blue Book.
August: Signal Oil purchases exclusive broadcasting rights for California.
August 1931?: Ed purchases a home in Malibu at 90 Malibu La Costa Beach when he realizes that the planned renovations of the Tarzana home will be too expensive.
August 6: Lost on Venus is written at ERB's beach home at 90 Malibu La Costa.
August 8, 1931?: The LA Evening Herald reports that ERB has purchased Rancho Malibu La Costa ~ a 7-room, Mediterranean-style house in Malibu. The $25,000 home has a 40-foot ocean frontage.
August 12: ERB is featured in "Men Who Make the Argosy" Argosy Magazine.
August 16: "Who Murdered Mr. Thomas?" appears in Script Magazine.
August 31: The editor of Modern Screen requests a story along the theme of "If Tarzan Came to Hollywood" which may have been the inspiration for Tarzan and the Lion Man.
September: Dearholt takes an interest in The Standard, a film industry publicity magazine. He encourages Ed and the Pierces to advertise the Tarzan radio show. He later invests heavily in it and encourages Ed to join him in partnership for $2000. Ed declines. Dearholt later abandons The Standard and goes to work for RKO a year later.
September 1: Tarzan Triumphant (The Triumph of Tarzan) is published by ERB, Inc. with illustrations by Studley Burroughs ~ 318 pages ~ Print Run: 15,728 ~ Word count estimate: 74,000
September 1: Ed spends his birthday at the beach with all the children present at dinner time.
September 10: The radio premier (episode number one on record) of the Tarzan radio show is presented at the Fox Pantages Theater in Hollywood with the entire cast present. ERB and Jim and Joan make brief speeches. The series is one of the first radio shows to be transcribed on electrical transcription (ET) discs for world-wide markets.
September 12: Tarzan of the Apes radio show is released nationwide. It will run for at least 286 episodes. Joan, playing Jane comes in after the third episode and Jim, playing Tarzan, after the twentieth, when he is supposed to have learned to speak English.
September 13: The beach house expansion is near completion. The addition hides the old house which stands just beyond it.
September 16: Ed receives an offer for the Tarzana house. They plan to move to the beach house: 90 Malibu LaCosta.
September 16: I don't know who the hell to vote for. I wish to God we had a king so that we would not have to have any presidential elections, and if the king got snotty we could bump him off. I cannot get excited about Hoover, and I never could get up much enthusiasm about the Democratic party. Anyway, it makes little difference which side is in; they are all a bunch of grafters."
September 17: Murder mystery puzzle, "The Dupuyster Case," (Unfinished) is probably written.
September 17 - October 22: Pirates of Venus is published in Argosy.
September 20: Signal Oil launches a promotional campaign involving a Tarzan Jig-Saw Puzzle Contest.
October: Signal Oil organizes the Tarzan Club which by December 1933 has grown to 125,000 members.
October 8: "The Terrace Drive Murder" appears in Script Magazine.
October 16: "Who Murdered Mr. Thomas?" appears in Script Magazine.
November 18: Lost on Venus is submitted to Argosy and is accepted after revisions.
|* Stephen Slesinger, Inc. of New York is licensed to handle ERB
merchandise rights. His authorization of a Whitman
Big Little Book of Tarzan of the Apes is not valid, but ERB and Whitman
eventually negotiate a whole series
January 19: Family friend and McClurg employee, Herbert A. Gould writes Ed for corroboration that it was he who, on March 3, 1914, encouraged ERB to resubmit Tarzan of the Apes to McClurg. He was then instrumental in persuading the publishing department to reconsider publishing Tarzan of the Apes. All of this took place after the original All-Story and New York Evening World appearance back in 1912.
February 1: Encouraged by the success of Signal Oil's Tarzan Club, ERB plans to form the Tarzan Clans of America. Members will receive an official guide containing rules, election and meeting procedures, rules for games and field meets, clan rituals and songs, instructions for making "weapons," an ape/English dictionary, etc. The booklet was copyrighted in 1936.
February 9 - May 30: Tarzan and the Lion Man is written.
February 15: Apache Devil is published by ERB, Inc. - 310 pages ~ Print Run: 5,238 ~ Heins word count: 73,000
March 3: ERB pokes fun at Tarzan through a 5,000-word play he calls: "Tarzan and Jane, a Jungleogue."
March 4 - April 15: Lost on Venus is serialized in seven parts in Argosy ($5,065).
March 10: Ed and dinner guests are sitting in the Malibu residence study waiting for dinner when a major earthquake strikes just before 6 pm. (The serious Long Beach Earthquake).Severe shaking and a ceiling that appears to move in circles send them out to Roosevelt highway. The cook/server is most upset at the meal being ruined, having his table setting messed up and having to turn off the gas. Despite continual aftershocks they manage to have dinner at 10 pm. He counts at least 35 aftershocks over the next few days. Ed found the first shock to be rather thrilling but he finds the long string of aftershocks to be very hard to adjust to.
March 11: Jack drives a friend down to his family's house in Long Beach and they witness severe devastation in places. The ROTC is directing traffic. The beach house and the office have cracks in the ceiling but suffer no serious damage. Joan and Jim attend an autograph session at Bradley's department store but the plate glass windows are all broken and no one shows up. They give up and go home.
March 17: General Charles King, the former commandant of Michigan Military Academy and ERB's role model, dies.
March 30: Harry's wife, Ella Oldham Burroughs, is killed in a car accident near Ann Arbor, Michigan. Years later both Harry and Lew Sweetser try to contact their departed wives in the spirit world via seances.
March 31: Ed confides that the $30 dollars a day he gets from the Syndicate for the Tarzan strip falls far short of the riches most people believe he is receiving from it.
April 3 - 7: The Burroughs family take a vacation trip to Death Valley. Ed gives a humorous account of the expedition in a nine-page article titled, "The Death Valley Expedition of the Intrepid Thirty-Threers."
April 4: Letter: Ed, Emma and the boys book into the Apache Hotel from where they take a special tour of the Boulder Dam construction site. At the bottom of the canyon they enter a tunnel and later take a terrifying ridein a skip suspended on a wire 1200 feet above the abyss. Later they visit the Apache Hotel and Golden Camel bars. The boys are introduced to port wine and sherry which they dislike, and Ed and Emma drink Old Fashioneds. They then visit The Silver Club gambling house. Hulbert receives a phone call from Miss Carol Williams, a Pomona classmate and they spend the evening at a show.
April 5: The Burroughs family drive from Vegas to Furnace Creek.
May 10: Nazi students burn Tarzan books
June 28: Ed is accepted into the International Mark Twain Society, Webster Groves, Missouri.
July 13: Beset with the pressures of work and a growing rift in his marriage to Emma, Ed takes a solo vacation, driving his Cord to Springerville in the White Mountains of Arizona. Most of the marriage problems involve Emma's over-dependence on alcohol. One of the purposes of the trip is to inspect a Cochise County, Arizona gold mine in which he has bought a quarter interest, but since this is his first vacation without Emma and the children he becomes very homesick and lonely.
August: Sol Lesser, who has obtained rights to Tarzan the Fearless, releases it as combined full-length feature and serial. Tarzan is played by 1932 Olympic swimming champion Buster Crabbe who has pushed out the actor originally contracted for the role - James Pierce. The film is running in competition with the MGM Tarzan films. Further complicating the number of Tarzan films on the market is the unauthorized re-release in Europe of the old 1921 silent The Son of Tarzan which has been partially transformed into a sound picture. However, Elmo Lincoln's efforts over the years to re-release the original Tarzan of the Apes have been unsuccessful, as are ERB's attempts to find work for the now-struggling actor.
August: Hulbert graduates from Pomona College and attends the University of New Mexico summer school of archaeology at Jemez Springs.
August 13: Mildred Bernard Jensen is hired as an assistant to Rothmund.
September: Ashton Dearholt abandons The Standard magazine which he had taken over a year earlier, and moves to RKO Studios. He is sent to Guatemala on a three month assignment.
September 1: Tarzan and the City of Gold is published by ERB Inc. ~ 316 pages ~ Print Run: 5,000 ~ Approximate word count: 65,000
Fall: Dearholt writes from Guatemala that RKO want Ed to sponsor and endorse a picture making expedition.
Fall: J. Allen St. John prepares samples of a Martian strip to be presented to King Features Syndicate but it is rejected by Hearst himself.
September 13: Ed is elected Honorary Mayor of Malibu Beach.
September 30: The Pirates of Venus serial begins in London's Passing Show Magazine.
October 26: ERB informs Dahlquist that he is not satisfied with the radio show and would like to take over the script writing with episode 248. He contacts Neebe, informing him of his plan to take over the show in March 1934.
October 27: Dean Nicholl of Pomona College forwards a report of unsatisfactory work by Jack in Mathematics B9a. Ed responds with a humorous limerick.
November: Florence Dearholt seeks Ed's help in booking passage to join Ashton in Guatemala.
November 6 - December 15: Swords of Mars is written.
November 11 - January 6, 1934: Tarzan and the Lion Man runs as a nine-part serial in Liberty magazine ($10,000 - for the first time a commission of $1,500 is paid to an agent) . The British magazine Tid-Bits purchases the story for 200 pounds.
|* ERB, Dearholt and two other investors, form Burroughs-Tarzan
Enterprises to produce Tarzan pictures. Their office is located at 8476
Sunset Boulevard. Plans are made to film a Tarzan movie in Guatemala.
* The name Tarzan is listed in the main section of the unabridged Merriam-Webster New International Dictionary.
* Tarzan and His Mate is released by MGM.
* Jack graduates from Pomona College magna cum laude with distinction in art and acceptance in Phi Beta Kappa. His miniature saber-toothed tiger, a graduate project, is exhibited at the Los Angels Art Museum.
* Official Tarzan merchandizer, Stephen Sleginger, in an article in Boys' Outfitter describes the Tarzan popularity: 34 million Tarzan books, the Tarzan strip in 253 newspapers, Tarzan Bread ("for energy and strength"), Lily-Tulip Tarzan ice-cream cups, Tarzan boys' belts, etc.
January 1: Talks with the Lockheed people about aircraft, being interested in upside-down flying records and pilot Jim Grainger. He makes out the flyiing lessons forms under the name Grainger Smith. Heavy January rains start to wash out the roads.
January 5 - noon: Ed takes his first flying lesson from instructor Jim Granger at Clover Field. The plane is a Kinner Security low wing monoplane. The permit is made out to: "Smith" (to prevent Emma from worrying), age 58, weight 189, height 69 1/2". The lesson cost $7.00 and flight goggles cost $10.50. He thinks he surprised Grainger by doing fairly well and thinks he is going to like the experience. The flight is bumpy and they climb to 4,000 feet.
January 20: Emma learns about Ed's flying lessons from her Burbank manicurist.
January 26: Ed writes the article, "Symbol of a New Day," to celebrate Script's fifth birthday. It appears in the February 17: publication. He later writes another one for the tenth birthday.
February 10: Ed takes delivery of a Security Airster plane which he names the Doodad.
February 12: Ed makes his first solo flight. Emma and the boys are also interested in learning to fly. Diary entry: “Soloed Perfect. Got My Wings. Great Thrill.”
February 15: Ed and Hulbert sponsor a Solo Dinner for the staff and pupils of The Pacific School of Aviation at the Hollywood Athletic Club.
* ERB goes on to form a company to manufacture "Apache Devil" airplane engines -- it is unsuccessful.
* Ten years later he participates in WWII aircraft bombing missions in the Pacific Theatre.
February 15: Pirates of Venus is published by ERB Inc. ~ 314 pages ~ Print Run: 5,068 ~ Approximate word count: 57,000
February 16: Hulbert, in attempting to land the new Security Airster at Santa Monica'a Clover Field, loses control of the craft and crashes into an adjacent golf course. "Hulbert was badly shaken up, but not seriously injured. The plane was a mess. It was a new one that I had bought for us to take our training in. I had the pleasure of flying it for five minutes. The fault was not Hulbert's; it might have happened to anyone. He made a bad landing, tried to correct it by taking off again, got ten or fifteen feet in the air and crashed into some trees on a golf courxe. It was a wonder he was not killed. We were so glad that his injuries were not serious that none of us gave a damn about the ship. I am getting it repaired and will have it again in a couple of weeks." The plane is badly damaged with both wings gone, a twisted engine mount and the tail is crushed.
February 17: "Symbol of a New Day" - A Celebration of Script Magazine's 5th Birthday.
February 18: The Cord is returned with a new paint job and new tires. Ed takes his 30th lesson. Hulbert is still taking lessons.
February 19: Ed leaves home and Emma at noon to live at The Garden of Allah, Villa 23, and spends much time with Florence. Ed's children's efforts to persuade him to try a reconciliation are unsuccessful.
February 22: He goes to Palm Springs with Florence. It is too foggy to fly.
February 28: Ed and both boys each take a half-hour flying lesson. Ed's 34th
March: MGM's second Tarzan film, Tarzan and His Mate, is completed. Ed reports the cost to be $1.25 million
March?: Hulbert, along with Rothmund, help manage the radio branch of ERB, Inc. Hully is developing a great interest in photography. There are no firm sales but they are going ahead with production even though the series costs $200 per episode. Robert Thompson was assigned the task of expanding the outline into a radio script. Years later he is brought back to help script many of the Tarzan comic books and strips.
March - April: Ed and Florence, Ashton and actress Ula Holt spend much time together. Ashton had brought Ula back from the Guatemala shoot with the idea of having her move into the Dearholt household. Florence wants no part of this arrangement.
March 2: Ed has dinner with Florence and Ashton. Ashton gives him a Guatemalan machete sword.
March 4: "A good day for flying. Practiced flying at 100-200 feet then above the fog. Flew around town - lost the airport - surprised myself by finding it."
March 5: Lesser says Ed should get $20,000 out of Tarzan the Fearless.
March 6: Ed sees Maureen O'Sullivan and Carol? for breakfast, then goes to the office. Dearholts come to dinner.
March 7?: Ed takes Florence and Ula Holt to Gay's Lion Farm..
March 10: "No flying" ~ Emma takes her first flying lesson. Ed discusses the radio show with Hulbert and Ralph.
March 14: Ed breaks the news of his separation to the Westons: "I doubt very much that Emma and I will drive up to see you. I suppose you have to know it some time, so I might as well tell you that we are not living together. Emma is still at the beach, and my address is Tarzana.
March: Ed's journal contains a pressed wilted and brown flower.
March 22: Ed writes letters of encouragement to brother Harry and his son Studley. They are still grieving from the death of Harry's wife, Ella, last year. Harry appears to have lost his job with the insurance company and they have had a long struggle to gain custody of Studley's children after his divorce. Ed encourages Harry to pursue his interest in writing but advises him to use his own naturally entertaining style.
March 29: A divorce decree is granted to the Dearholts.
April 10: Ed and Jack go to Gay's Lion Farm. Ed talks while Jack takes photos of lions. Ed and Hully go to the evening fights at Olympic Stadium.
April 17: Ed moves from The Garden of Allah to 2029 Pinehurst Road. He and Florence are in contact every day.
May 5: Production of the debut series of the Radio Branch of ERB, Inc. was completed at Hollywood’s Radio Recordings Inc. Hulbert Burroughs is assigned the job of salesman for the series and makes the rounds of potential markets to which he distributes a full colour brochure: Tarzan of the Air.
May 25: ERB warns Melbourne, Australia police of imposter who is posing as ERB.
* The 39-part radio serial, Tarzan and the Diamond of Asher, begins its run. Stage and radio actor Carton KaDell plays the Tarzan role and a large group of experienced actors are in the supporting cast.. Each story is planned to be a 39-episode serial spread over 13 weeks. Burroughs provides the plot outline. His story continues on from the point in The Return of Tarzan where the previous series had been interrupted. For continuity he keeps the characters Lord Tennington and Hazel Strong, but he writes Jane out of the script, as she is expecting..
May 13 - January 19, 1935: Tarzan novel #19, Tarzan and Jane (Tarzan's Quest), is written (80,000 words). ERB starts the project at 2029 Pinehurst and completes it at Tarzana. The manuscript is rejected by Liberty and Collier's.
July: Hulbert makes a tour of eastern cities, making contacts with radio stations and advertisers. Neebe turns down a offer to work in sales and promotion.
July 16: Upset over his sons' attitudes toward his marriage split Ed phones Hulbert in Chicago, asking him to take the first plane home.
July 18: Anxious to restore closeness with his son and to present his side in the marriage split, Ed meets with the boys to bring about a reconciliation.
July 29: Ed, Florence with her two children, and Mrs. Gilbert take a vacation in Big Basin at Santa Cruz and on to San Francisco. They return home to a whirl of social affairs
August 13: A son, Michael, is born to Joan and Jim Pierce.
August 20: LETTER letter to daughter Joan with talk about the baby crying. "Am going over this afternoon to watch Jim Granger test his new ship that he is to fly in the London-Melbourne race in October." (Jim Granger would die in this ship on Oct.3)
September 1: Tarzan and the Lion Man is published by ERB, Inc. with illustrations by St. John ~ bound in grey cloth ~ 313 pages ~ Print Run: 5,245 ~ Approximate word count: 70,000
October: Olympic athlete Herman Brix is chosen to play "Tarzan in Guatemala." Ed refuses to write a movie tie-in novel, preferring to leave the promotion to a special Whitman Big Little Book, a Tarzan Club campaign, and Signal Oil.
October 3: Ed's flying instructor, Jim Granger, is killed in a plane crash. The brakes on the plane locked and he crashed.
October 20: Ed moves temporarily into the Dearholt apartment in West Hollywood when the lease on his Pinehurst Road home runs out.
October 20: Tarzan the Fearless Big Little Book is published by Whitman.
October 21: Ed and Florence travel to Las Vegas where he takes up residency. He spends his time playing tennis, writing, phoning Florence, and making brief visits to LA. Emma is planning to contest the divorce and moves to 10452 Bellagio Road in Bel Air.
October 28: The Los Angeles Times reports that ERB has taken up residence in Las Vegas, hinting that most temporary residents are there to get quick divorces.
November - April, 1935: Swords of Mars runs as a six-part series in Blue Book.
November: Dearholt reports casting problems for the Tarzan film. He is anxious to start a treatment on the Mad King.
November 11: Florence drives back to Las Vegas with Ed, while Ashton takes care of the children.
November 12: Walter Winchell reports that ERB is staying at the Apache Hotel in preparation to end 34 years of marriage. His next bride will be Florence Dearholt of Queens Road, Hollywood.
November 13: ERB assigns all rights to Romance Films to George Stout, including the boy scout film serial, "Young Eagles."
November 27: Ed writes in his diary that Emma is bent on ruining him.
November - end: The Tarzan film expedition sails for Guatemala.
December: The Dearholt expedition, aboard the liner Seattle, lands on the Guatemala coast in a storm which causes incredible difficulties.
December 11: Variety reports that the Guatemala Tarzan film will be called Tarzan and the Green Goddess. Titles later considered include The New Adventures of Tarzan and Tarzan's 1935 Adventures.
December 4: Ed files for the divorce at the end of his six-week residency. Emma has decided not to offer objections. (Reported in the New York Times)
December 6: (News Release) LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Edgar Rice Burroughs, Hollywood author of Tarzan stories, today had filed suit here for divorce from his wife. Emma Hulbert Burroughs on charges of extreme cruelty. The suit set forth they were married in Chicago, Jan. 21, 1900, and that a property settlement had been effected out of couirt. Burroughs came to Las Vegas six weeks ago.
December 6: Ed is granted a "quickie" divorce on the grounds of his wife's "extreme cruelty" and "incompatibility of temperament." Emma receives a generous settlement. Ed is quick to point out that Florence marriage came to an end as a result of Ashton's interest in Ula Holt. Both in distress, Ed and Florence were drawn together as sufferers in common. Ed feels deep guilt over the burden and upset that the breakup has put on his sons.
December 13: (AP - News Release: Hollywood, Calif.): Only a final decree of divorce today separated Edgar Rice Burroughs, the novelist, and Mrs. Florence Dearholt, jr. from matrimony. Burroughs and Mrs. Dearholt, who is awaiting her final decree from Ashton Dearholt. jr., producer of Burroughs' motion pictures, announced last night they will be married next spring, probably immediately after the decree becomes final in March. Burroughs recently obtained a Las Vegas. Nevada, divorce decree, which was immediately final, from his wife of 34 years.
December 25: Ed and Florence announce their engagement during a special Christmas breakfast at the Gilbert home on Lexington Avenue.
Looking Back on this year, Ed laments the loss of old friendships: ". . . the unjust and abominable treatment I received from others whom I thought were my friends. Perhaps they felt that they were justified, for they only heard one side of the story and that garbled and slanderous. Under the circumstances I could not tell my side even when I had the opportunity. I just had to keep my mouth shut and take it. The fact that some have since acknowledged their errors and apologized did little to lessen the hurt.
My family all understand, and acknowledge that my action was warranted. My two brothers, my niece, and my nephew, who have met Florence since our marriage, all love her and appreciate the fact that she is a very fine woman. You can have no idea what we went through, though -- bombarded with filthy anonymous letters for years.
While some of my "friends" would not accept Florence, she has always accepted my friends; and without exception they have all liked her. She has done nothing to alienate my affection for my children, even though Emma has forbidden them coming to my home. On the contrary , she is always urging me to see them; and when any of them do come to our home, she is very sweet to them."
|* Murder mystery puzzle, "Murder at Midnight,"
January: Ed and Florence pick out a home at 806 Beverly Hills, currently occupied by Maurice Chevalier. Ed moves out of 7933 Hillside Avenue, Hollywood.
January 7: ERB is enthusiastic over the early Guatemala rushes, on what is to be a 12-part Tarzan serial.
January 26 - September 11: "Back to the Stone Age" (fifth in the Pellucidar series) is written. After many rejections it is accepted by Argosy for $1,500.
February 5: Ed sends the Tarzan and Jane manuscript to Emma, whom he has put on the ERB, Inc. payroll for tax purposes as a copyreader/proofreader. Emma receives a salary of $21,600 for the year but really was in no condition to complete the work involved.
February 15: Lost On Venus is published by ERB, Inc. ~ 318 pages ~ Print Run: 5,000 ~ Approximate word count: 63,000
February 20: Florence's thirtieth birthday.
March 5: ERB is disappointed over the uncut film from Guatemala.
March 31: Ed meets with his attorney Frank McNamee to make plans for the wedding.
April 1: Times photographers stake out Ed's house.
April 4: Ed and Florence take a Western Air Express flight to Las Vegas. They are married at the court house at 10:20 by Judge William Orr with witnesses McNamee and Mrs. Keller. They fly back to LA.
Joan, who had been Florence's close friend, would never speak to her again. Florence's children, Lee, age six, and Caryl Lee, age four, became very attached to Ed ("Ebby").
April 5 (or 6): The newlyweds board the S.S. Lurline for a 40-day Hawaiian honeymoon at the Royal Hawaiian, Honolulu. During the voyage they dine at the Captain's table with Jeanette McDonald and her mother.
April 7-10: LETTER to Joan, Hulbert and Jack, written on board the Matson Line ship, S.S. Lurline.
April 11: Ed and Florence dock at Honolulu and receive leis sent by Florence's friend Janet Gaynor who has a cottage on the island.
April 11 - May 11: ERB and his bride swim, surf and relax on their honeymoon in Hawaii. Ed takes surfing lessons.
May: The newlyweds return from their Hawaiian honeymoon to live in Beverly Hills.
April 29: Tarzan and Jane is rejected by Frederick Clayton, Argosy editor, as being too stereotyped.
July: Ashton Dearholt and Ula Holt are married.
July: "Tarzan for President" appears in Blue Book.
August 17: Rothmund begins a barrage of submissions of ERB's 1930 western "That Damned Dude," now renamed "The Brass Heart" by John Mann. There are 24 rejections. It is eventually purchased by Thrilling Wonder stories in 1939 and is serialized in 1940.
September 7: Tarzan and the Leopard Men is published by ERB Inc. ~ 332 pages ~ Print Run: 7,500 ~ Approximate word count: 80,000
October (mid): ERB leases the Beverly Hills house to Fred Astaire and rents a home for eight months at Arena Road, Palm Springs. They spend much time at the trendy Palm Springs Racquet Club owned by Ralph Bellamy and Charles Farrell. Bellamy becomes a "kind of stepfather" to young Lee and Caryl. The children are given swimming lessons by Johnny Weissmuller.
* Ed, suddenly father again to two youngsters, pleases Florence's children by telling them the same cliffhanger stories he once told to Joan, Hulbert and Jack.
October 22: As a promotional gimmick, The Courier-Journal and The Louisville Times request a political speech for Tarzan. Ed composes a 600-word campaign speech delivered by N'kima who supports Tarzan's Nude Deal Platform.
October 26: "The Lightship Murder" is published in Rob Wagner's Script.
October - March 1936: Blue Book serializes Tarzan and the Immortal Men (written as Tarzan and Jane and later in book form appears as Tarzan's Quest) for which they have paid $3,000.
November 9: Still suffering from his bladder obstruction trouble, Ed enters the Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles, under the name John B. Downs. A long period of convalescence follows.
November 5: Ed's political speech for Tarzan appears as a large ad with Maxon illustrations under the heading "Down with Lion Politicians."
November 6: ERB starts writing The Gang Murder.
December 3: Ed writes the light verse, "Dear Old Eight-Two-Three," while convalescing in room 823 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles.
December 25: Lee receives a large mechanical train set from Fred Mandel. Virginia and Charlie Farrell and Katherine and Ralph Bellamy visit at 8:00. The men spend much of the evening playng with the kids' mechanical toys -- while Lee watches.
December 27: Letter: Ed writes a Christmas letter to Joan and family thanking them for the gift of cologne and the telegram. He misses them very much. "Perhaps some day we can be together again. We might, if we could all forgive the other fellow's mistakes; but that is almost too much to ask of human beings."
December (late): Ed returns to Palm Springs to recuperate.
|* Tarzan Escapes starring Johnny Weissmuller
and Maureen O'Sullivan is released by MGM. Ed notes that he has had nothing
to do with the script or title.
January: Burroughs-Tarzan Pictures (BTP) is negotiating various films: Asia Roars, Dark River, Typee, Three Wise Monks, The Drag-Net, The White Glove, The Phantom of Santa Fe, Tundra, and Murder at the Carnival. The company soon faces serious financial problems.
January 1: Fred Mandel gets tickets for the Rose Bowl game through the Hearst people in Chicago and invites Ed and Florence to go with him.
February 14: LETTER to Joan from Palm Springs. Ed is trying to set up a lunch meeting at The Berries next Tuesday with Joan and the boys, Hulbert and Jack.
February 15: Swords of Mars is published by ERB Inc. ~ 315 pages ~ Print Run: 4,000 ~ Heins word count: 78,000. The letters of the first word in the prologue and chapters form the acrostic: "To Florence with all My Love Ed."
February 17: Brother Harry's son, Studley Oldham Burroughs marries Marie Winifred English
March 9: Tarzan and the Tarzan Twins with Jad-Bal-Ja (written in 1928 as Jad-Bal-Ja and the Tarzan Twins) is published as a Whitman Big Big Book. Both Tarzan Twins books are later combined in a 1963 Canaveral Press book.
March: Tarzan the Magnificent is completed at Palm Springs (42,000 words).
March 22 - 25: Elmer is written (5,000 words) in Palm Springs and Tarzana. The name "Elmer" is the name of one of the skulls in his sons' skull collection - it had been given to them by Ed's physician, Dr. Elmer Belt. It is rejected by Collier's.
* Preliminary shooting of The Phantom of Santa Fe is completed at Tarzana Ranch and prints are sent to NY. Tundra is released. The crew and equipment for the Asia Roars production have been assembled and are trying to secure a ship for transport to location. American ships can't or won't transport this type of equipment.
May: Ed and Florence return to LA to stay at a succession of residences: 2315 North Vermont Avenue, the Hearst-owned Chateau Elysee at 5930 Franklin Avenue and Sunset Plaza apartments (June 1937) in Hollywood.
Summer: Ed turns down an offer from Shell to appear on a New York radio program but Florence persuades him to reconsider. He has Ralph tells them he will appear if they up the ante which they do. It gives them a paid trip to New York where he can seek outlets for BTP films. He visits the Rockenfeller Centre & RKO Building -- the visit is described in the Sept. 11 edition of the Rockefeller Centre Weekly magazine. He then returns home via Chicago.
May 1: Tarzan the Magnificent is submitted to Liberty where it is rejected. It is then rejected by Blue Book.
July 8: Letter to Joan: Ed and Florence are visiting the Mandels in Chicago recovering from a long arduous car trip from Barsow to Omaha.
September 1: Tarzan and the Immortal Men is released by ERB, Inc. as Tarzan's Quest, a title suggested by ERB secretary Mildred Bernard ~ 318 pages ~ Print Run: 5,000 ~ Word count estimate: 72,000. It features the final book jacket and illustrations used by long-time ERB illustrator J. Allen St. John.
September 19 - October 3: Tarzan and the Magic Men (written as Tarzan the Magnificent) is serialized in three parts in Argosy ($1,500).
September 28: ERB informs J. Allen St.John that son John Coleman Burroughs is taking over the illustrations on the next ERB, Inc. edition. Jack goes on to illustrate 13 ERB books.
October 4: Tarzan's Quest is reviewed in the Boston Post.
November 13: ERB submits an idea for a dice-board game to Whitman. They reject the idea and refer him to Parker Brothers.
November 16: Ed writes Argosy to complain about the title change of Tarzan the Magnificent (they renamed it Tarzan and the Magic Men) as well as major revisions in the style and content of the story.
December 1 - March 8, 1937: Tarzan and the Elephant Men (a sequel to Tarzan and the Magic Men) is written. It is rejected by Argosy.
December 12: Jack marries Pomona College classmate, Jane Ralston. Ed describes her as a lovely girl -- sweet and intelligent.
December 19: ERB submits an idea for a radio show to be called, "I See by the Papers." Ed plans to play the part of a columnist for the at the Tarzana Tribune.
|* Sol Lesser makes his first Tarzan movie with Olympic decathlon
champion champion Glenn Morris. The a strong relationship develops between
ERB and Lesser. He makes most of the Tarzan movies from 1943 on.
* Many ERB stories are submitted as film vehicles: Seven Worlds to Conquer, Elmer, Back to the Stone Age, The Oakdale Affair, and The Rider. None are picked up and BTP soon goes out of business.
* "The Author-Publisher" article appears in Writer's Digest.
January 4: ERB has demonstration records produced but he considers them awful. No one seems interested in picking up the series.
January 9 - February 13: Seven Worlds to Conquer (Back to the Stone Age) appears in Argosy.
January 27: Ed writes Argosy complaining about their rewriting of the recently published Tarzan and the Magic Men and Seven Worlds to Conquer.
January 31: General King's son, Rufus - a retired U. S. Navy commander, writes that he has come across many Burroughs items in his late father's cherished possessions. He would like to see ERB's ranch and horses. Ed replies admitting hero worship for General King but laments that he has sold his horses and subdivided Tarzana Ranch.
February 2: ERB tries to sell United Feature Syndicate on the idea of running "I See by the Papers" as a regular newspaper column. It is rejected.
February 15: The Oakdale Affair (read the eText) and The Rider is published by ERB, Inc. ~ 172 and 144 pages ~ Word count estimates: 42,000/38,000
This combination of two 1918 magazine stories is the first book featuring illustrations by John Coleman Burroughs.
February 20: Resurrection of Jimber Jaw (Elmer) is published in Argosy. It appears in book form in 1964 in Canaveral Press' Tales of Three Planets.
March 13: Letter to Joan: Ed is worried about little Joan's illness but is glad to hear that Joan's broadcast time has been changed from 9:30 to 6:15 Saturdays. Saturday is the night he is usually invited out and he now can hear Joan's show while dressing. Ed is spending much time writing so as to keep the money coming in. He laments: ". . . the attitude that your mother has taken toward Florence and me has made it very difficult to see any of you children unless you care to come and see me. It is so stupid and, it seems to me, very wicked. With lots of love and the hope for a brighter day when we can all be broad enough to forgive. . ."
March 18: "Man-Eaters" a 3,000-word article about lions, is completed. It is rejected by many publications in April and May.
March 20: A form letter goes out to various magazines in an effort to stimulate interest in ERB's unfinished Autobiography. There is little interest.
April 14: Letter to Joan: "Of course you may have your saddle and bridle. I would send them to you tomorrow if I were sure I could pick them out. Next time you are out you can either take them with you or mark them so that we will know which are yours."
April 30: Ed gives a speech over radio station KFI in support of the reelection of Mayor Frank L. Shaw.
May: The article "A Letter from an Author who Publishes His Own Books" or "Mr. Burroughs Describes His Publishing Methods" appears in Writer's Digest.
May 2: The last Hal Foster illustrated Tarzan Sunday page (Tarzan Balked) appears. Foster leaves to write and illustrate his new strip: Prince Valiant.
May 9: The appearance of the first Burne Hogarth illlustrated Tarzan Sunday page ("A Long Chance").
May 18: Ed suffers angina pains after the over-exertion of rowing and playing tennis with his young family.
June 16: Ed creates a book of poetry and illustrations for Caryl - just as he had done for his niece Evelyn - "Li'l B. Her Book"
June 19: "Birth of Tarzan by His Poppa" appears in Script Magazine.
July 24 - August 19: Carson of Venus is written and subsequently rejected by Liberty, Saturday Evening Post, Collier's, and Ladies' Home Journal.
August 20 - 31: Ed adds 21,000 words to the 1914 novelette, The Lad and the Lion and retitles it "Men and Beasts."
August 22: The "Man-Eaters" an article on the behaviour of lions, appears in Sunday Magazine of the Los Angeles Times.
August 25: LETTER to Joan. Ed is relaying Florence's invitation for Joan to come for dinner and a swim next Tuesday. "The telephone number is CRestview 1-9145." (Through the years Joan has refused to speak to Florence)
August 30: LETTER to Joan. "I am so sorry that you can't come Wednesday, and I know that Florence will be when I tell her. I can understand, though, how difficult it is for you to get away and leave the children.
Fall: ERB enrolls stepchild Lee in the Hollywood Military Academy in Brentwood hoping that his studies will improve. The boy is not happy and is soon removed.
September: Men and Beasts (incorporating The Lad and the Lion) is rejected by Argosy and Blue Book.
September 2 - September 30: ERB works on strip continuity.
September 15: Back to the Stone Age (serialized in Argosy as "Seven Worlds to Conquer") is published by ERB, Inc. (hieroglyph on jacket)~ 318 pages ~ Print Run: 5,000 ~ Approximate word count: 80,000
September 20: LETTER to Joan apologizing for not being in the office when she dropped by.
October 1: LETTER to Joan at 10452 Bellagio Road, Bel-Air, LA . Ed wishes he could see her more often
October 10 - November 18: Tarzan and the Forbidden City is written (67,000 words). It is revised considerably and retitled for its appearance in Argosy the next year.
November - January 1938: Tarzan and the Elephant Men is serialized in Blue Book. The 41,000-word story is the sequel to Argosy's Tarzan and the Magic Men. Both are combined in the 1939 book Tarzan the Magnificent.
December 1 - January 31, 1938: "'Two Gun' Doak Flies South" is written under the pen name of John Tyler McCulloch (20,000 words). It is rejected by Liberty, Cosmopolitan, and Blue Book. It is retitled "Mr. Doak Flies South" but it is never published.
December 22: The Daily Express reports that Tarzan and the Green Goddess is doing great business in England.
|January 8 - February 12: Carson of Venus is run in six
parts in Argosy ($3,000).
January 23: Ed is interviewed on KFWB Hollywood. He confesses that he had originally planned to write only two Tarzan books. He mentions that Tarzan strips are appearing in 300 newspapers and Tarzan is being published in 35 countries and has been translated into 58 languages.
February 15: The Land and the Lion is published by ERB, Inc. ~ 317 pages ~ Print Run: 3,500 ~ Approximate word count: 40,000
March: An interview with ERB is published in the article, "Romance Isn't Dead" by Oliver Poole, in Writers' Markets & Methods.
March 2 - August: Synthetic Men of Mars is written.
March 19 - April 23: The Red Star of Tarzan (Tarzan and the Forbidden City) is serialized in six parts in Argosy.
* Tarzan and the Forbidden City (appeared as The Red Star of Tarzan in Argosy) is published by ERB, Inc. with illustrations by John Coleman Burroughs.
May 27: Tarzan and the Green Goddess is released.
August 8, 19 or 20: Ed and Florence sail to Honolulu on the Lurline for a planned two-week visit with Wayne and Mary Pflueger. (The Deputy Sheriff of Comanche County was dedicated to Mary Lucas Pflueger.)
September 15: Ed writes brother Harry about having an operation to the mid-section. It is actuallly a double hernia operation . "Charlie Phillips opened me up on the right side for about a furlong to take out my appendix, just for luck; but he couldn't find any. He said that in some 2000 cases he's only seen a couple without an appendix. However, he took the joy out of it by saying that he might have overlooked mine." He encourages brother Harry to have his cataract operation. He offers Harry and George some of his old suits that he has outgrown and expresses approval in Harry having dropped the name Henry. He has always hated Edgar and wishes he had been called John which is why he named a son, John.
September 15: Tarzan and the Forbidden City is published by ERB, Inc. ~ 315 pages ~ Print Run: 3,500 ~ Approximate word count: 67,000
September 29: Ed and Florence leave Honolulu for Vancouver on The Empress of Japan.
September 29: The first British edition of Tarzan at the Earth's Core is published by Methuen.
October 7: The Italian magazine Unicum begins serialization of Carson of Venus.
October 11 (or Nov?): The Burroughses arrive home at Tarzana having driven down the coast from Vancouver.
October 15: Tarzan of the Apes is voted second best Argosy story of all time.
October 17 - April 17: Land of Terror is written (60,000 words). It is rejected by all magazines. ERB is losing confidence in his work.
December 19: "Heil Hitler!" a one-page synopsis, offers a "Suggestion for a story of what a humanitarian Hitler might accomplish for Germany and the World." A Hitler "double" is used in the plot. Studios appear afraid to touch it.
|* Ed has another idea for a radio show which he submits to Thompson
Agency - Quiet, Please!
The emphasis of this fifteen-minute, once-a-week show is on objections
to noise - quiet. In the sample columns written for the show he
makes it known that he has no love for the Roosevelts, Hitler, Nazis or
communists. He mentions that the recently deceased Douglas Fairbanks came
close to playing Tarzan in the first Tarzan film. There is no sponsor interest
and the show is never broadcast.
* A radio serial, Tarzan and the Fires of Tohr, is transcribed (perhaps back in 1936) and copyrighted, but is not broadcast. Another Tarzan radio show, Commodore Productions' Tarzan - Lord of the Jungle, is produced after ERB's death. The 67 half-hour shows starring Lamont Johnson are first broadcast in 1951 and then re-broadcast by CBS from March 22, 1952 - June 27, 1953.
* Tarzan Finds a Son with Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan and Johnny Sheffield as Boy is released by MGM. The shooting title was Tarzan in Exile with Jane originally slated to die at the end.
* ERB is still submitting stories to film companies through William Morris Agency in Beverly Hills: Jungle Girl, Outlaw of Torn, The Mucker, Apache Devil, The War Chief, Mr. Doak Flies South, Angel's Serenade (23,000 words) and Beyond Thirty. ERB even rewrites the synopsis of Beyond Thirty and calls it "It Might Happen Here."
* Parker Brothers is the twenty-sixth company to be granted a license for manufacturing Tarzan products. Companies are marketing Tarzan games, candy, masks, costumes, jungle maps, bathing suits, jungle helmets, yoyos, archery sets, etc.
January 7 - February 11: Synthetic Men of Mars appears as a six-part serial in Argosy ($1,200).
January 10 - 18: ERB begins "The New Tarzan Series of 'detective' stories - by writing "Murder in the Jungle" (16,000 words).
January 14: Ed writes a 500-word humorous story, "Even Apes Fight for It," for Script magazine's tenth birthday.
February 15: Carson of Venus is published by ERB, Inc. The dedication is: "To Florence Gilbert Burroughs." ~ 312 pages ~ Print Run: 3,500 ~ Approximate word count: 68,000
March 24: Charles F. Lorenzen presents the idea of starting an ERB museum in an Oak Park, Illinois house where Ed lived from May 1914 - August 1916. He hopes that Ed will contribute $500 to the project. Ed replies that since the first Tarzan stories were written in Chicago, there is no reason to establish such a museum at Oak Park.
April 25 - June 13: ERB does a fourth expansion of a story he started in 1914 - Angel's Serenade. All magazine submissions are rejected and it remains unpublished.
May 10: ERB revives the Tarzan Clans of America with the printing of a 32-page booklet, the "Official Guide of the Tarzan Clans of America." He sends a proof to MGM to obtain permission for a tie-in to Weissmuller and the movies. The cover design of a native chief has been adapted by son Jack from a St. John illustration in The Beasts of Tarzan.
May 15: Ed sends a warning letter to a wrestler who is making unauthorized use of the name, Tarzan. Ed later expresses his concern to MGM over the bad publicity surrounding a Wyoming murderer called "Tarzan."
May 19: LETTERto Joan at 5714 Bantage, Studio City, California. Joan has enquired about some missing Tarzan Clan music by Schermer. Ed thinks it might be in a cabinet at Emmas Bel-Air place along with some photos he would like back.
May 24: ERB launches the promotion of the Tarzan Clans by mailing out a circular describing the clan and a membership application. One dollar would pay for a membership card, an Official Guide, a two-dollar Burroughs novel, the initiation fee, and the yearly dues.
May 24: Ed and Florence see "Tarzan" White defeat the Masked Marvel in a wrestling match at the Olympic Auditorium after which they went to Marvel's Nightclub to hear Gertrude Mess sing.
June: Florence undergoes major surgery.
June 12: MGM authorizes the use of Weissmuller's name and image but does little to publicize the Tarzan Clans - they order only 60 copies of the club booklet.
June 26: ERB authorizes a Canadian branch of the Tarzan Clan in Toronto.
July: The Scientists Revolt (1922 "Beware") appears in Fantastic Adventures as a SF story. Estimated word count 22,000
July 4: "I superintended the detonation of firecrackers and radio bombs for three hours in the morning and took them to the American Legion Circus and Fireworks Display at the Coliseum in the evening. There were more than 72,000 people there, but with my chauffeur dragging one of the kids by the wrist and I the other we managed to wriggle in and out without losing either of them."
July 6: "Jack and Jane live in one of my houses here at Tarzana, and I see Jack often. Hulbert gets out here occasionally, but I do not often see Joan, though we often visit over the telephone. Hulbert recently returned from a magazine assignment in Nevada where he made photographs and obtained data for an article on ancient Indian culture. He damned near killed himself climbing a mountain under a broiling sun, and when he reached the top would have been struck by a rattle snake had his companion not saved him. He has always been bugs on climbing, and I hope this experience has gotten it out of his system. I never could climb anything over four feet high without getting the jitters. Even when I see pictures of people climbing mountains I fold like an umbrella." "Charlie Rosenberger died some time ago. I haven't seen any of them for over five years."
July 6: Original editions of Tarzan of the Apes are now collectors' items. Scribner's had one in 1936 which it quoted at $25. It is practically impossible to get one now. I didn't have one; and it took me nearly two years to get one, circularizing my fan list and advertising in one of my novels."
July 17 - mid-August: Tarzan and the Champion of the "New Tarzan Series" is written. (10,000 words)
July 29: The Saturday Evening Post runs a biography on ERB. It emphasizes the importance of daydreams for Ed's writing inspiration.
August first week: They spend time sailing in Balboa at friends' club. Ed tired of the experience except for when he was piloting the ship himself.
August 22: Harry Monty, a dwarf who doubled as Boy in Tarzan Finds a Son, writes to request a meeting with ERB.
August 29: ERB, who was highly critical of the plans to eliminate Jane in Tarzan Finds a Son, sends a letter to producer Zimbalist voicing his approval the job he has done on the film.
August 31: The family moves to luxurious 716 North Rexford Drive (rent $300 per month) to make Florence's recuperation more pleasant. After eight months, however, the cost of maintaining two establishments (Emma's home in Bel-Air), high spending, and the loss of income resulting from the war in Europe will force a move to Hawaii.
September 1: Ed's 64th birthday coincides with the breaking out of World War II.
September 2: "I was barred from Germany for a great many years and, as far as I kow, I still am. I know Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Tarzan pictures are barred there. However, I do consider it a compliment to be barred from anyting Nazi. I am only hoping that we are not going to be dragged into HItler's private war. It would mean a lot to you and me with the number of sons we have."
Fall: The new Tarzan Clans circular is headed with "Johnny Weissmuller, Chief of Chiefs - C.R. Rothmund, Chief Scribe - and Edgar Rice Burroughs, Founder.
September 21: Whitman publishes The Son of Tarzan as a Big Little Book.
September 25: Tarzan the Magnificent is published by ERB, Inc. The dedication is: "To Cyril Ralph Rothmund" - ERB's secretary and later general manager of ERB, Inc. ~ 318 pages ~ Print Run: 3,500 ~ Approximate word count: 83,000
October 18: Ed guests on Ken Murray's Texaco Star Theater radio program. Murray tries to talk Burroughs ERB into starring him as Tarzan instead of Johnny Weismuller and puts on his production of "Tarzan" entitled; The Home Life of Mr. and Mrs. Tarzan or The Apes of Wrath. Ed receives much good feedback concerning the show.
From the President of the Evergreen Theatres Corporation, Seattle: "Listened to our radio broadcast last week, and you wer very good. As a matter of fact, you sounded as if you were part of the program and had been doing it every week."
From George Carlin, head of teh United Feature Syndicate, NYC: "I just happened to tune in on the Texaco Rado program tonight and found that Edgar Rice Burroughs was appearing on same. He certainly was good. He did his stuff in a quite professional manner with ease and poise and a winning way far superior to the average radio guest."
October 28: Nephew Studley writes that he has steady work doing cartoons and has done a series of posters for a brewery company. He reports that his dad, Harry, is still in the hospital following his operation (cataracts?). He is still wearing a bandage on his eye but he no longer suffering mental lapses. He had heard the Texaco broadcast by accident and wants Ed to inform him of future radio appearances. In answer to Studley's query Ed describes the "slat house" he has built (to give flowers protection from wind and hot sun he nailed slats on a frame with a small space between each slat)
November: Ed suffers several slight angina attacks possibly brought on by the stress of financial worries.
November 9: The first French edition of Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar is published by Hachette.
December 13: Letter to Joan: Ed sends a TWA brochure by company president Jack Frye. He asks is this is the person they had invited to a horse show many years ago.
December 23: Ed, Florence and the children drive to Yosemite for the holidays. The got reservations after being on a two year waiting list. The special Christmas Eve party for children is held at The Ahwahnee.
December 28: Joseph E. Bray of McClurg dies. Herbert A. Gould, a McClurg employee and friend of the Burroughs family had persuaded Bray to publish the first Burroughs book, Tarzan of the Apes.
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