Edgar Rice Burroughs had an imagination that wasn't limited to one country, one continent, or even one planet.
Writer and educator John Tibbetts examines two of Burroughs' enduring creations in From Africa to Mars! 100 Years of Tarzan and John Carter on Sunday, March 18, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950) was working as a pencil sharpener salesman in Chicago when he decided in 1911 that he could write better stories than the ones he read in the pulp fiction magazines.
His first attempt at fiction was a tale of an Earthling mysteriously transported to Mars where he battles monsters and marries a princess.
His story, Under the Moon of Mars, was serialized in All-Story Magazine in 1912 and introduced to the world the swashbuckling character John Carter of Mars.
That same year Burroughs decided to expand his repertoire with a jungle yarn. The result was Tarzan of the Apes, one of the most recognized characters in all of literature.
Tibbetts uses film clips and readings from Burroughs' works to take Library patrons on a "safari" into worlds both real and imagined.
Tarzan has been featured in dozens of films as well as a Disney animated feature and a Broadway musical. And the new live-action film John Carter opens March 9 on America's movie screens.
John C. Tibbetts is an associate professor in the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of Kansas. He is also a critic, broadcaster, and author of many books, among them Composers in the Movies: Studies in Musical Biography, Schumann: A Chorus of Voices, American Classic Screen, and The Gothic Imagination.
Admission is free. RSVP online  or call 816.701.3407.
Major funding for programs at the Kansas City Public Library is provided by a generous grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.