John Carter of Mars (collection)

John Carter of Mars (collection)

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image_caption = dust-jacket of "John Carter of Mars"
author = Edgar Rice Burroughs
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country = United States
language = English
series = Barsoom
genre = Science fiction novel
publisher = Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.
release_date = 1964
media_type = Print (Hardback & Paperback)
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preceded_by = Llana of Gathol
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"John Carter of Mars", the eleventh and final book in the famous "Barsoom" series by Edgar Rice Burroughs, is not actually a novel but rather a collection of two "John Carter of Mars" stories. The first, "John Carter and the Giant of Mars," is a juvenile story written by Burroughs in collaboration with his son John "Jack" Coleman Burroughs for a Whitman Big Little Book illustrated by Jack Burroughs that was published in 1940 and then republished in "Amazing Stories" the next year. The second story, "Skeleton Men of Jupiter," was first published in "Amazing Stories" in 1943. The story was never completed, and several other writers wrote pastiche endings for the story. This story is notable for the way that it appears to begin a completely new series that Burroughs abandoned.

The first edition of "John Carter of Mars" (a title that Burroughs never actually used for any book in the "Barsoom" series) was published in 1964 by Canaveral Press, fourteen years after Burrough's death. This book is not highly regarded by fans of the "Barsoom" series and is generally considered something of an afterthought. However, in the book "", Richard A. Lupoff, the editor of the 1964 Canaveral Press edition of "John Carter of Mars", writes that it is interesting for its contrast between "real" Burroughs ("Skeleton Men of Jupiter") and "ersatz" Burroughs ("John Carter and the Giant of Mars").


The copyright for this book has expired in Australia, and thus now resides in the public domain there. The text is available via Project Gutenberg Australia.

External links

* [ Text file of "John Carter and the Giant of Mars"] at Project Gutenberg Australia
* [ Text file of "Skeleton Men of Jupiter"] at Project Gutenberg Australia
* [ Edgar Rice Burroughs Summary Project page for "John Carter and the Giant of Mars"]
* [ Edgar Rice Burroughs Summary Project page for "Skeleton Men of Jupiter"]

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