Edgar Rice Burroughs was born in Chicago, Illinois and was best known for his creation of the jungle hero Tarzan. By 1911, after seven years of irregular low paid work, he was working as a pencil sharpener wholesaler and began to write fiction. During this period, he had copious spare time and he began reading many pulp fiction magazines and has since claimed: “…if people were paid for writing rot such as I read in some of those magazines that I could write stories just as rotten. As a matter of fact, although I had never written a story, I knew absolutely that I could write stories just as entertaining and probably a whole lot more so than any I chanced to read in those magazines.”
Aiming his work at the ‘pulp’ magazines then in circulation, his first story “Under the Moons of Mars” was serialized in All-Story magazine in. Burroughs soon took up writing full-time and by the time the run of Under the Moons of Mars had finished he had completed two novels, including Tarzan of the Apes, which was published from October 1912 and went on to begin his most successful series.
After many health problems Burroughs died on March 19, 1950 of a heart attack, having written almost seventy novels. (source: Wikipedia)