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Volume 1299

The delving into the life and career of Edgar Rice Burroughs I find is an endless pursuit -- the size of our ERB Websites is some indication of this.

The known exploits of the immediate Burroughs family stretch back to the U.S. Civil War and earlier, and ERB's lifestyle, literary creations and business ventures were always ahead of their time. But he never lost the ability to read current trends and to tap into the pulse of contemporary society.

Remarkably, the stories and characters he created almost 100 years ago have adapted marvelously to each new generation and the fast-changing modern media.

As Danton Burroughs and I probe more deeply into the pursuits of his grandfather, we constantly pick up new threads to follow in the man's ever-expanding life tapestry. The ERB library project provided even greater impetus in our search to unravel more of the influences that played roles in further stimulating Mr. Burroughs' boundless imagination.

I think it useful then, to set aside a place in this Web shrine that acknowledges and points to some of the fascinating "connections" that have come to light, and the enormous contribution that Edgar Rice Burroughs has made to modern literature and the entertainment arts:

Chicago Columbian Exposition of 1893 with tethered hot air balloon and Ferris' Great Wheel
The Chicago Columbian Exposition of 1893
Intro ~ MMA Cadets ~ New Worlds ~ Magic City ~ Midway: Great Wheel ~ Exotic Lands ~ Mastermind  ~ 
Ed's Electric Flyer ~ Jessie's Notebook ~ All-Text  ~ Appendix and References3-D Stereoview Albums:
Chicago ~ Buildings ~ Exhibits I ~ Exhibits II ~ Midway ~ Peep Show ~ Ed's Tour I ~ Collection I ~ Collection II
Official View Photo Albums: ERBzine 3361 ~ 3362 ~ 3363 ~ 3364
General Charles King
General Charles King Connection
King Bio ~ King Biblio ~ Interior Art ~ Michigan Military Academy I ~ MMA II
Words of King I ~ Words of King II ~ Words of King III ~ News Clips ~ Expo 93
Jack London
Jack London Connection
Part 1 ~ Part 2 ~ Part 3 ~ Part 4 ~ JL Bibliographies ~ David Adams Article
Zane Grey
Zane Grey Connection
Part 1 ~ Part 2 ~ Part 3 ~ ZG BibliographiesPrindle ZG Reviews  ~  II ~ III
ERB Manager of the Sears Stenographer DepartmentSears Steno Department
Sears Roebuck Connection
ERB: Office Manager and Efficiency Expert
50 Sears StereoViews from ERB's Library
Major George Tyler BurroughsMary Evaline Burroughs
Civil War: Major George T. Burroughs ~ Mary Evaline Burroughs
Maj.G.T.Burroughs~ Memoirs of a War Bride ~ Civil War Anecdotes ~ Genealogy: Births/Deaths
Genealogy: Marriages ~ Burroughs Family History  ~ Burroughs/Oldham/Washington Ties
Military Cadet Ed BurroughsEdgar Rice Burroughs: War Correspondent
The Military
MilitaryAcademy ~ MMA Gridiron Memories ~ Grad Address ~ Reserve Army Proposal
U.S. 7th Cavalry ~ WW I Militia ~ ERB Meets Superman WWII ~ ERB/USS Cabana WWII  | 
 WWII Years in the Pacific ~ Kerama Retto Island 1945: Photo/Letter
Apache Devil novel by ERB
Apaches and Cavalry
Apache References I ~ Apache References II | ERB in the US Cavalry  | 
ERB and the Apache
Wild West / Idaho / Brothers
Sweetser/Burroughs I  ~  Sweetser/Burroughs II ~ Cassia County Years
ERB Country: Part I | Part II | Part III ~ Minidoka~ Megadoka Parody~ ERB in the Wild West | ERB/Idaho Connection
Oak Park Connection
Homes ~ Oak Leaves I ~ Oak Leaves II ~ Oak Park Dum-Dum 2005 ~ Dum-Dum 2010 ~ ERB Museum: LIFE | WORKS | FILM  ~ 
ERB/Oak Park Connection Newspaper Clips
Tarzana Ranch, San Fernando Valley, Southern California
Tarzana: Then and Now ~ Tarzana Ranch 1921Tarzana Trek ~
News Clips 1922 ~ El Caballero Club ~ Tarzana ~ ~ Tarzana Hall of Fame
Morrison Horseless Carriage with ABC BatteriesEd and his DooDad Aircraft
Wheels and Wings
J. Allen St. JohnFrank Schoonover
Artists ~ Illustrators
Art Encyclopedia ~ Schoonover ~ J. Allen St. John ~ Studley O. Burroughs
John Coleman Burroughs ~ Mahlon Blaine ~ Thomas Yeates ~ Frank Frazetta
Harold FosterJohn Coleman Burroughs' John Carter Sunday Pages
Comics and Comics Artists
ERB C.H.A.S.E.R. Comics Encyclopedia ~ Art Encyclopedia
Harold  Foster ~ Rex Maxon ~ Burne Hogarth ~ Russ Manning ~ Hal Foster First Tarzan Strips
Tarzan Radio Show ET DiscTarzan radio show promo booklet
Golden Days of Radio
Radio's Golden Age ~ Radio Promo Booklet ~ Diamond of Ashair serial credits ~ Fires of Tohr serial credits
ERB of the Air ~ Radio Show Casts ~ Signal Oil Ad Campaign ~ Radio Log and Shows ~ Joan & Jim's 1932 Tarzan Shows
Diamond of Ashair Shows ~ Fires of Tohr Shows ~ 1951 Commodore Series Notes I | II ~ Commodore Tarzan Shows and Logs Intro | I | II | III
Ed with Maureen O'Sullivan, Johnny Weissmuller and TantorERB on film set with Lex Barker, daughter Joan and Jane Ralston Burroughs
ERB of the Silver Screen  ~ Screen Heroines  ~ Elmo LincolnJohnny Weissmuller ~ Gordon Scott ~ Mike Henry
Denny Miller ~ James H. Pierce ~ John Carter of Mars Film
Ron Ely TarzanDisney Tarzan
Joan Burroughs and James Pierce: Jane and TarzanSon John Coleman Burroughs: Artist and AuthorHulbert Burroughs
The Burroughs Legacy and Family Stories
ERB Chronology ~ Major George T. Burroughs ~ John Coleman Burroughs ~ Jane Ralston Burroughs
Joan Burroughs Pierce ~ Florence Gilbert ~ Studley O. Burroughs ~ Burroughs Brothers ~ Caryl Lee Chase ~ James H. Pierce
Hulbert Burroughs Collection ~ Danton Burroughs ~ ~ Danton Burroughs Memorial Tribute ~ Lee Chase | II
Tesla: Wizard of the Electric AgeNikola Tesla
Nikola Tesla
ERB and Tesla at the Chicago Exposition
H. H. KnibbsH. H. Knibbs and Fiddle
Henry Herbert Knibbs: ERB's Favourite Poet
H.H. Knibbs I ~ H.H. Knibbs II
Otis Adelbert Kline
Otis Adelbert Kline
Bios & Biblio ~ Articles & Story ~ Illustrated Biblio ~ Bio-Film ~ Weird Gallery & OAK Speaks
Den Valdron's: Mighty OAK of Barsoom I  ~ Den Valdron's: Mighty OAK of Barsoom II ~Kline's Venus
Philip Jose Farmer
Philip Jose Farmer
Part 1 ~ Part 2  ~  Part 3
Carl Sagan
Carl Sagan
ERB Fan Tribute
L. Frank Baum
L. Frank Baum
ERB and  L. Frank Baum: Fellow Travellers | Wizards of California | Theosophy Connection | Books in ERB's Personal Library | If Pigs Had Wings | ERB Lifeline Bio 1917
Mars, Venus & SF
Mars Barsoom Guide ~ Venus Amtor Guide
Den Valdron's Fantasy Worlds of ERB
ERB and Religion ~ Quotes from ERB's Library ~ Reason vs. Supernatural QuotesERB Religious Themes by Robert Zeuschner ~ Sword of Theosophy Series by Dale Broadhurst ~ Baum, Burroughs, and the Theosophy Connection by David A. Adams ~ Phil Burger's News from the Neocene ~ Gods of ERB series  by Dale R. Broadhurst ~ Something of Value I & SOV II by R.E. Prindle ~ Fantasy Worlds of ERB by Den Valdron
.ERB and the Press
ERB and The Press
War Correspondent | Hickman Murder Trial Reports
Amazing Stories pulp magazine
ERB  Illustrated Pulp Magazine Bibliography ~
Lost Words of ERB
Hugo Gernsback
Hugo Gernsback
Intro & Bio ~ Bibliography, Cover Galleries & Themes
Gernsback Clippings ~ Hugo's Annual Forecasts
ERBzine Weekly Webzine
ERBzine 1428
ERB dictating a novel into his Ediphone
Connection with Contemporary and Favourite Authors
The Edgar Rice Burroughs Personal Library of 1,100 titles
Bios, Biblios, Publishing History, Photos, Covers, Trivia, Links, Art and e-Texts
Dum-Dum and ECOF Convention Dossier ~ Burroughs Bibliophiles Official Site ~ ERBzine Bibliophiles Guide
~ Convention Reports & Photos ~ 2005 Oak Park Dum-Dum Illustrated Reports
Lewis Hobart Sweetser and the Burroughs Brothers ~ Ranching and Goldmining Adventures in Idaho

Sweetser/Burroughs I  ~  Sweetser/Burroughs II ~ ERB in the Wild West ~ Wild West
Baseball / Lou Gehrig
ERBzine 1709
Boy Scouts / Tarzan Clubs
ERBzine 1795
Feral Children ~ Apeman Kith & Kin
Disney / Broadway / Holland / Germany
Tarzan Holland | Tarzan Broadway Tarzan Animated | Tarzan the Musical in Hamburg
Tarzan Musical at Tuacahn Amphitheatre | Stage
L. Ron Hubbard ~
Part I  |  Part II   |  Part III   |   Part IV   |  Art   |  Legacy
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Other Connections
Lovecraft ~ Tarzan/Bomba ~ Saddam  ~ Eddie Gilbert ~ SS Shaw ~ Chicago ~ Disney ~ Holy Land
Forry Ackerman ~ Shuttle Commander Astronaut Terry Wilcutt ~ E-Editions ~ Kipling ~ Trivia
~ SchweitzerGermany Controversy ~ ERB Life & Legacy Events in ERBzine
Bill Hillman Goes To Town
by Dugald Warbaby

     It has been quite a year for Mr. Hillman.  Not only has he compiled a wonderful list of the remaining books in ERB's personal library, but he has provided us with a plausible account of ERB at the Columbian Expo of '93, the affinities between Jack London and ERB and an account of similarities between ERB and Zane Grey.  Walk, don't run, Bill.

     What can we say of such a phenomenal burst of energy?  Just be envious, I suppose.

     The effort that must have gone into compiling and researching the 1100+ volumes of the library alone is staggering.

     I haven't been able to sort out the color scheme of the Master List as yet, but I have been able to appreciate some of the details Mr. Hillman has collated.  For instance the significance of knowing that ERB finished reading Gibbon's 'Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire' on September 6th, 1915 is very important.  Too bad we don't know when ERB purchased the set.  One imagines after he came into big bucks along about 1913.

     Now,  The Decline And Fall is somewhat over 5000 pages long.  I have a twelve volume edition, probably identical to ERBs since his had the notes, alternate text refuting Gibbon actually, of Reverend Milman.  So we know that ERB was busy reading Gibbon possibly from 1913 to 1915. He got both Gibbon's side and the religious counter arguments from Milman.

     For those of you who haven't read The Decline And Fall let me tell you that it is a life changing experience.  Well might ERB have noted the date he finished.  I almost date my life as before and after reading those monumental volumes.  I'm sure anyone who has already read the set will agree.  So we may assume that ERB's intellect was greatly expanded in 1915.  The book also gives you a clue as to where he found some sources for his attitude toward religion.

     I have by no means digested the mass of material Mr. Hillman collated but there were many surprises in the library.  One assumes that two or three thousand volumes have been lost as writers ERB notes who were influences on him such as Haggard, Conan Doyle, Verne E.W. Hornung and others are either sparsely represented or not there at all.  For instance, Jules Verne's Mysterious Island which Burroughs alludes to several times.

     One is gratified that Burroughs had many Sax Rohmers whose influence I had detected.  One is somewhat astonished at the number of volumes of George Barr McCutcheon and E. Phillips Oppenheim.  That Kathleen Norris is well represented comes as no surprise since Burroughs said he was not only impressed with her writing but her pulchritude.  Still the large number of girls' series and novels with heroines as protagonists raises one's eyebrow.  Definite indication of the Anima problem.

     Well, I could go on but Mr. Hillman has done Bibliophiles a real service in cataloguing the library which will provide enough grist for my mill for the next year or two.

     If the effort of the library weren't enough, in addition to serving as Editor and Webmaster Bill then presented a huge work in his ERB's Summer of '93.

      Now, I don't know how noticed this has been but Mr. Hillman is one of the great innovators of the www.  In producing a weekly magazine of a couple hundred pages he provides not only text but an assemblage of pictures that not only adorn but educate.  His hyperlinks used as hard copy writers use footnotes is both innovative and extensive.  These often amount to an additional several hundred pages of text all of which are edifying.

     ERB's Summer of '93 gave more than enough scope for Mr. Hillman's proclivities.  One is especially impressed with his chapter on Nikola Tesla, the electrical wizard who competed with Edison.  A study of the chapter and its hyperlinks will give you an adequate background on this particular electrical genius.

     Mr. Hillman was even able to come up with the make and model of the Electric ERB drove at the fair.  No small achievement.

     As if both of those astonishments weren't enough Mr. Hillman then launched his series on Jack London and ERB.

     I sneered at that one.  I've never liked Jack London, still don't, but Hillman's article convinced me that there was a real connection.  I dug out The Call Of The Wild and The Sea Wolf for rereading and darned if the influence wasn't as long and high as the Chilcoot Pass.  D.A. Adams of Ours has also done some significant work on London and Burroughs but there is room for a lot more.  Don't sit there idle; the subject hasn't been exhausted.

     Then, following hard on the heels, or rather in the stride, of that one, Hillman has begun his photo/literary essay on Zane Grey and ERB.  It is interesting tha ERB had only three titles of Grey in his library:  The Rainbow Trail, The Last Of The Scouts, and The Mysterious Rider.  I'll be reading those next.

     I'm not much of a Zane Grey fan either; he impresses me as a stuffed shirt.  Strictly a commercial writer as Under The Tonto Rim, published in magazine form as "The Beehunter" attests.  I don't find Grey's cowboys realistic.  If one compares them with Burroughs', who also lived and worked among them, one gets a much more true idea of the type.  I've met a few myself out here in the wild west and I have to agree with Waylon Jennings:  'Mamas don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys.'  I'm sure ERB would have sung along.

     I eagerly await the appearance of Mr. Hillman's comparisons ERB with other writers

     One can't tell how long this phenomenal burst of creativity will last or where Hillman will go next.  Lest his energy flag keep a hot steaming coffee on his desk beside him.

     While I haven't heard of any WWW award commensurate with Hollywood's Oscars, the Emmys and such, if one were invented, the Gates, perchance, my candidate for the first one would be the Bibliophiles' own man, Bill Hillman.

Editor's Comment:

It is very gratifying to receive positive appreciation for my efforts here at ERBzine.  I also have felt that the previous year or so has been productive.  I have been gratified to receive significant contributions from Dale Broadhurst, David Adams, R.E. Prindle, Phil Burger, Den Valdron, John Martin, and many other Biblibophiles as well as amazing artists, which have made my job of publishing the weekly Webzine that much easier.

Danton BurroughsOf course the unfailing good offices of ERB, Inc. and ERB's grandson, Danton Burroughs, have made so much of our content possible, including the Library Project, which was actually the centerpiece of the year. It was hard but gratifying labor:

It was a major blow to fandom and our many ERB Websites when Dan passed away on May 1st, 2008:

Our gratitude also goes out to Bruce Bozarth, George McWhorter, and Phil Burger who contributed so much of the information that helped in the Library collation. The titles that each had a hand in providing are identified by colour coding on the Master List at ERBzine 1264.

Organizing and preparing the Project was a time consuming major project for which Mr. Warbaby's kind appreciation is very welcome.

Modesty forbids my doing more than accepting the accolades in the spirit they were offered, as sincere thanks for providing some useful information.  If I have provided access to further avenues of exploration I am satisfied.

Let me just say that a little bit of praise feels good.

Bill Hillman - Editor and Webmaster
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