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The Monster Men (Unabridged Start Publishing LLC) Kindle Edition
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Edgar Rice Burroughs
Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875 - 1950) was a prolific American author of the 'pulp' era. The son of a Civil War veteran, he saw brief military service with the 7TH U.S. Cavalry before he was diagnosed with a heart problem and discharged. After working for five years in his father's business, Burroughs left for a string of disparate and short-lived jobs, and was working as a pencil sharpener wholesaler when he decided to try his hand at writing. He found almost instant success when his story 'Under the Moons of Mars' was serialised in All-Story Magazine in 1912, earning him the then-princely sum of $400.
Burroughs went on to have tremendous success as a writer, his wide-ranging imagination taking in other planets (John Carter of Mars and Carson of Venus), a hollow earth (Pellucidar), a lost world, westerns, historicals and adventure stories. Although he wrote in many genres, Burroughs is best known for his creation of the archetypal jungle hero, Tarzan. Edgar Rice Burroughs died in 1950.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B00CLP1IFI
- Publisher : Start Publishing LLC (29 April 2013)
- Language : English
- File size : 520 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 329 pages
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So, we have weird science and jungle adventure on a remote island. Sound familiar? It did to me when I first read it in high school. Familiar because I had first read H.G. Wells' THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU. I was shocked and had to check dates to see which author took the idea from the other. To my youthful disappointment, I discovered that my much admired Edgar Rice Burroughs was second with the idea. I dug deeper and found someone, I don't remember who, with an explanation. He wrote words to the effect that the writing demon was on Burroughs for about ten years, then he spent the rest of his career plagiarizing himself and others. As I read more Burroughs, I found this to be only somewhat true.
For instance Burroughs probably got the idea for THE MONSTER MEN from Wells but it isn't plagiarism. The plot takes a different and more adventurous path. It entertained my young self much more than did Wells. Upon rereading it, I discovered that it still does.
If you want a more exciting, fun read based upon an idea
similar to that behind THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU, you may want to try THE MONSTER MEN by Edgar Rice Burroughs. True, Galaxy magazine columnist Floyd C. Gale called it some of Burroughs' worst writing. But he added that there is a lot of excitement in it. I don't agree about the writing quality but it is an exciting adventure which refuses to roll over and die whether one likes Burroughs' prose or not.
Let me add the usual caveat for literature from the 1800's and early 1900's. Don't expect modern political correctness. In fact Burroughs held many opinions, most quite common at the time, which are no longer in vogue. But he wrote a rollicking good story.
That said: You will not enjoy Burroughs if you can't give him some leeway for being a racist and sexist twat, just like 95% of his contemporaries. In these two areas, he is a man who certainly does not transcend his time period. Be prepared to encounter semi-Darwinian ideas about race and evolution in this and other works that are uncomfortably close to the ideas put forth and acted upon by the Nazis in the 1930s and 1940s. His ideas about women and their relation to men are about what you would expect: the men adventure; the women get rescued. (It must be said, however, that Burroughs seemed to at least get the idea of consent, unlike Robert Howard.)