The Danton Burroughs
Family Scrapbook Series
For as long as I can remember I have been surrounded by my grandfather's legacy. Edgar Rice Burroughs was a man with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and adventure, and his interests seemed to be split equally among the realms of past, present and future. He seemed to want to embrace and horde memories of his own unique world for posterity, and as a result he left behind an amazingly eclectic and gargantuan horde of books, photos, art, letters, magazines, and memorabilia.
Poem in Edgar Rice Burroughs' hand
written on the occasion of son Hulbert's birth ~ August 12, 1909
From the Hulbert Burroughs Baby Book
On the birth of son Hulbert,
Ed and Emma start an elaborate baby book
with art, poems and photos.
Your pop came prancing home one night
GROWING UP ON TARZANA RANCH
Joan, Jack and Hulbert during their daily rides at Tarzana Ranch
Clipping from ERB's scrapbook
Hully suffered from weak ankles in his early years.
HULLY THE ATHLETE
Hully and other members of the Pomona College golf team
At the Malibu residence
HULLY THE OUTDOORSMAN
HULLY THE PILOT
On February 10th Edgar Rice Burroughs received delivery of his new aircraft and on February 12th his diary entry was “Soloed Perfect. Got My Wings. Great Thrill.” His son Hulbert also soloed and on February 15th the staff and pupils of The Pacific School of Aviation held a Solo Dinner for Hulbert Burroughs and his father Edgar Rice Burroughs at the Hollywood Athletic Club 1934.
HULLY THE WWII COMBAT PHOTOGRAPHER
HULLY AND SOME MEMBERS OF THE
Joan, Mrs. Emma Burroughs, Hulbert, and little Joanne, with "Tarzan", old English Sheep Dog.
Read excerpts from Hulbert's "Mother Died Today"
Emma Centennia Burroughs (January 1, 1876 - November 5, 1944)
John Coleman Burroughs ~ Joan Burroughs Pierce ~ Hulbert Burroughs
Hully with niece, Joanne Pierce
HULLY THE WRITER
Science Fiction Stories Co-Written with Brother John Coleman Burroughs
Man Without A World
The Bottom of the World ~ The Lightning Men
EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS:
The Man Who Created Tarzan
by Irwin Porges
Ballantine Books, New York ~ © 1975 Brigham Young University Press
by Hulbert Burroughs
Tarzana, September 1, 1975
The publication of Irwin Porges' biography of Edgar Rice Burroughs is a timely milestone and the ultimate addition to the literature of Burroughsiana. It not only marks the centennial of ERB's birth, but more importantly it is the first and only true and definitive account of the life and work of this remarkably successful author.
Mr. Porges is the first and only researcher who was afforded complete and uncensored access to all of the Burroughs family's personal files as well as those of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. My editorial work on the manuscript involved corrections, addition of interesting material unknown to Porges, and the preparation and production of illustrative matter. No attempt whatever was made to produce a sympathetic book. Cele Porges, Irwin's talented wife, devoted nearly three years researching the voluminous archives at our company offices and warehouse in Tarzana. The result is a fascinating and well-written story of a man and his career.
Contributing significantly to this volume is the wealth of photographic and illustrative material. Seldom has the subject of a major biography possessed the combined talents of writer, photographer, and artist. Sometime in the 1890s ERB became interested in photography and from then on recorded the people and places in his life.
A major portion of the photographs in this book are from his own photo albums and negative files. His pen-and-ink sketches and cartoons are both humorous and documentary.
The sheer quantity of good pictorial material available and our realization that only a very limited number could be included because of space limitations presented a rather frustrating challenge. From thousands of photographs and drawings I selected about six hundred for enlargement to 8x10 size.
I shall never forget the four days I spent with charming Kerril Sue Rollins, chief project editor of the biography at Brigham Young University Press in Provo, Utah, selecting and placing each picture on the appropriate page of text and the hard and painful decisions we made in reducing the number from 600 to about 270.
Had it not been for the firm hand and character of Kerril Sue, the book might well have contained an extra fifty pounds of photos! We swore that some day we would publish an ERB photo-biography.
I think my Dad would have been pleased with this book. Irwin Porges has organized and presented a great wealth of material in a way that gives the reader a real insight into ERB the man. I knew him, of course, first as a father. As such he was an extremely loving and kindly man-perhaps overly generous and protective. He set a strong example of love of country, honor, and integrity, as well as loyalty to family and friends. Porges has captured the true essence of ERB with all his strengths and weaknesses.
This book will be a prime, standard source for all future Burroughs researchers.
I thank and congratulate Irwin and Cele Porges for their prodigious effort in researching and writing this book. The good people at Brigham Young University Press will always have a special place in my heart. Without the sincere dedication of Gail Bell, Kerril Sue Rollins, Jean Paulson, Mac Magleby, and the other great people of BYU Press, I doubt that this massive volume could have been published.
We are all greatly indebted to Ray Bradbury for his splendid introductory essay. If ERB were alive today, he would be especially pleased for the many times Ray has so generously acknowledged his indebtedness to ERB as the inspiration for his own highly successful writing career. I never cease to wonder at the number and diversity of the minds that have been and are still being influenced by the imagination of Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Most important, ERB is gradually receiving the critical acclaim he was denied in his lifetime. No longer is Tarzan of the Apes considered mere entertainment - for Tarzan is the "Naked Ape" the tribal ancestor of Marshall McLuhan. And ERB's wild imaginings among the stars are no longer beneath the notice of serious men ; they have become subjects for scholars and an inspiration to a new generation of writers of imaginative fiction.
Burroughs is remembered as a modest man who never took himself or his work too seriously. His friends recall his ready sense of humor, his great love of the outdoors, and his unbounded pride in his country. One scholar suggests that the very last line of the last Tarzan novel may be taken as ERB's own unintentional valedictory to a very meaningful life: "Thank God for everything."
August 8, 1991
Hulbert "Hully" Burroughs, eldest son of ERB, died at age 81 of a heart attack
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