By William Benson
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Jane Goodall

 

The adventure writer Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote some eighty novels based upon two characters: Tarzan and John Carter. Tarzan lived among the apes in Africa, and John Carter transported himself from Earth to Mars, where he fought and conquered the Martians. In my younger years, I read several of Burroughs's books, as did thousands of other American kids of the twentieth century.

The science fiction writer, Ray Bradbury, said this of Burroughs, "I have been astonished to discover how often a leading biochemist or archaeologist, or astronaut when asked, 'what happened to you when you were ten...



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