John Carter of Mars: The Collection - A Princess of Mars; The Gods of Mars; The Warlord of Mars; Thuvia, Maid of Mars; The Chessmen of Mars

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Purple Rose Publishing, 2010 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 462 pages
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This Purple Rose book is a collection of the first five stories in Edgar Rice Burroughs' Barsoom series: A Princess of Mars (1917), The Gods of Mars (1918), The Warlord of Mars (1919), Thuvia, Maid of Mars (1920) and The Chessmen of Mars (1922). It contains all of the original frontispieces by Frank Schoonover and J. Allen St. John, enhanced and enlarged and is a high quality book with clear formatting and detailed contents. Visit Purple Rose at and view our other titles and new releases. John Carter is the hero of Burroughs' Barsoom series. He first appeared in Under the Moons of Mars (later retitled A Princess of Mars) the story which catapaulted Burroughs into the limelight. It was the first of many novels and several sequels followed over the next three decades, further extending Burroughs' vision of Barsoom. The world of Barsoom is a romantic vision of a dying Mars, based on now outdated scientific ideas made popular by Astronomer Percival Lowell in the early 20th century. While depicting many outlandish inventions, and advanced technology, it is a savage, 'frontier' world, of honor, noble sacrifice and constant struggle, where martial prowess is paramount, and where many races fight over dwindling resources. It is filled with lost cities, heroic adventures and undiscovered ancient secrets. The series has inspired a number of well known science fiction writers, and also key scientists involved in both space exploration and the search for extraterrestrial life. It has informed and been adapted by many writers, in novels, short stories, television and film.

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Edgar Rice Burroughs was born on September 1, 1875, in Chicago. His father, George Tyler was a distiller and a battery manufacturer. Early in life Burroughs attempted to support his family in a variety of occupations, including railroad policeman, business partner, and miner. None of these proved successful. However, Burroughs had always enjoyed reading adventure fiction and decided to try his hand at writing. His first attempt, written under the pseudonym Normal Bean, sold very quickly and Burroughs' career took off. Although critics and educators have not always been supportive of Burroughs' writing, the characters in his stories have entertained readers for many years. Tarzan was the most popular, earning Burroughs enough money to start his own publishing house and a motion picture company. Another character, John Carter, is the hero of Burroughs' Mars adventure series. The continuing popularity of these characters has led some critics to reconsider the value of Burroughs' writing and to acknowledge significant themes in his stories. Burroughs died on March 19, 1950.

Margaret Hill McCarter describes her protagonist in The Corner Stone, Edith Grannell, from the perspective of Edith's uncle Samson Grannell: "As she stood up before him, capable, determined, and winsomely attractive, she seemed fitted alike to adorn a home or to take care of herself." This was likely a bold position to take when the story was published in 1915 - that a woman might be equally suited to be a wife - or not. But it was not so surprising to be taken by McCarter. In addition to being a wife and homemaker, Margaret Hill McCarter was a successful author of stories, books and poetry. (Center for Kansas Studies; Kansas Historical Society 2011) Born in Indiana, Margaret Hill McCarter came to Topeka in 1888 at about the age of 28 to teach English. Two years later, she married Dr. William McCarter. She was active in the community and in politics. A member of the Republican National Women's Committee, she was the first woman to address a national convention of a major political party. McCarter was introduced at the 1920 Republican National Convention as "well known as a writer and a staunch Republican by inheritance as well as by belief." Outside the Convention, six members of the National Woman's Party protested, holding a banner reading "No self-respecting woman should wish or work for the success of a party that ignores her sex," the 1872 quote from Susan B. Anthony. While McCarter and the National Woman's Party protesters had different, even opposing, approaches, both sides helped to advance the cause of women securing the right to vote. By directly participating in the political process and by protesting to raise awareness McCarter and the National Woman's Party protestors helped women to become more fully engaged in the political domain that governed their lives. Two months after the Republican National Convention, the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution was ratified giving women the right to vote. (National Photo Company; Hart 1920)

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