The Burroughs Cyclopædia

Characters, Places, Fauna, Flora, Technologies, Languages, Ideas and Terminologies Found in the Works of Edgar Rice Burroughs


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About the Book

Edgar Rice Burroughs was not satisfied with creating characters and events within the world that we know; instead he created whole new worlds for histories, and he filled them with peoples, languages, cities, wars, plants, machines, and monsters that were believable to the reader, yet still alien and fantastic enough to thrill and delight.
From A-Kor, the keeper of the Towers of Jetan in Manator, through Zytheb, one of the priests of Brulor in Ashair, this is a comprehensive reference to the fantastic worlds of Burroughs. Each entry provides a complete definition, along with a reference to the book in which the entry appeared. For terms, the language, either actual (e.g., Latin and French) or Burroughs-created (e.g., The Tongue of the Great Ape or Pal-ul-don), from which it was derived is given.

About the Author(s)

Reference librarian Clark A. Brady lives in LaPlace, Louisiana.

Bibliographic Details

Clark A. Brady
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 408
Bibliographic Info: appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2005 [1996]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2123-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0592-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface     1
Abbreviations Used     5

The Cyclopædia     9

A. Chronology of Events in Burroughs’ Fiction     387
B. Selected Words from Featured Languages     390
C. Story Map for Burroughs’ Fiction Works     394

Bibliography     395
Index     397

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “Fascinating…welcome…highly recommended for academic and public libraries”—Library Journal
  • “The ultimate key to Burroughs’ imagination…useful appendices”—Choice
  • “Comprehensive…a wealth of material presented in dictionary format…an engaging work of considerable scholarship”—AB Bookman’s Weekly
  • “A valuable contribution”—ARBA
  • “An admirable job…impressive…valuable addition to genre literature’s reference shelf”—<Apex Science Fiction & Horror Digest
  • “Worthy”—C&RL News
  • “An accomplished piece of scholarship”—VOYA
  • “Generates new perspectives on Burroughs and how we read him”—Science Fiction Studies
  • “Here’s an explanation of everything you can imagine from the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs”—Critical Mass