A second son and third child
of the Burroughses, John Coleman,
was born in 1913, and the following year saw a birth of a different
sort: Tarzan of the Apes
was published as a book. This novel is still in print today.
first Tarzan movie appeared in 1918, with Elmo
Lincoln in the title role, which only helped to make Tarzan and Burroughs
even more popular. Eventually Burroughs would put out a total of 26 Tarzan
books, and left a fragment of another that was only discovered long after
his death. Most of Burroughs' other stories would also appear in book form,
and are available in libraries and bookstores worldwide.
By 1916 Burroughs felt that
he had earned a vacation, and so he packed up Emma and the children (and
their dog Tarzan) and set out on a cross-country
camping trip. At this time there was no such thing as an interstate
highway system ~ actually, there were very few roads at all. Heading out
with a touring car, a truck and a trailer the party set off for Maine but
eventually wound up in Southern California. Eventually the expedition made
the return trip to Chicago, but the California bug had bitten Burroughs.
In 1919, thanks to the success of Tarzan, Burroughs was able to purchase
a large ranch north of Los Angeles. He named it Tarzana.
As the Lord of Tarzana, Burroughs
had seemingly found the good life. Tarzan had provided him with a
comfortable living, his books were selling worldwide (even in the Soviet
Union, where such tales were not well regarded by the Communist government),
and the nearby community of Hollywood was busy cranking out Tarzan movies.
(Tinsel Town even provided Burroughs with a son-in-law: Jim Pierce, who
starred in "Tarzan and
the Golden Lion," married Joan
Burroughs in 1928.) The ultimate compliment was paid by the citizens
of the community that had sprung up around the Tarzana ranch: they voted
to adopt the name "Tarzana" when their town was incorporated in 1928.
Burroughs liked to think
of himself as a hard-headed businessman and concluded that he could make
an even better living if he founded his own company. And so in 1923 Burroughs
became an employee of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. This was an unusual step
for an author to take, although it is now quite common. Burroughs would
even start publishing his own books, beginning in 1931 with Tarzan
the Invincible. The last book to appear under the Edgar Rice Burroughs,
Inc. imprint was I Am
a Barbarian in 1967.