Win Library of America Edgar Rice Burroughs Books

The Library of America has published two very handsome Edgar Rice Burroughs hardcover editions.

According to the press release, both Tarzan of the Apes and A Princess of Mars are being released in collectible hardcovers to celebrate the centenary of these two major creations of American popular literature. The books feature “fresh designs based on the original hardcover editions, high quality Smyth-sewn bindings, original illustrations, introductions by leading writers, a biographical note about the author, and brief essays on the genesis of the first editions.” They are really attractive to see and hold, so I’m beginning to rethink giving them away. Just kidding!

A Princess of Mars, the story first featuring adventurer John Carter, is introduced by Junot Díaz, while Tarzan of the Apes has an introduction by Thomas Mallon.

The books go on sale this Thursday, April 12, but I have a copy of one each for this contest. For your chance to win one of the two, leave a comment saying which book you would prefer and why you want to read it. Two winners will be picked randomly from all entries on Friday, April 13.

(U.S. and Canada addresses only. Winners will be emailed to confirm address. If email is not answered within 24 hours or a valid email address is not provided, a replacement winner will be selected. Your email won’t be used for any other purpose.)

23 Responses to “Win Library of America Edgar Rice Burroughs Books”

  1. James Schee Says:

    Egads this is a tough call, as I remember the Tarzan books fondly reading them as a kid from my school library.

    Yet I’ll go with Princess of Mars, I’ve only read it online as an adult and the promise of illustrations and historical footnotes are far too enticing to pass up.

  2. Dr. Bruce Gooch Says:

    I am currently reading “A Princess of Mars” to my children using my Kindle. I have to admit that the story is far better for me as an adult than it was when I read this book in the 7th grade.

    I would like a copy because I would like my children to feel the heft of a good book, to smell the fresh cut paper and ink, and to see the remarkable illustrations, that just were not scanned well in the kindle version.


  3. Eric Says:

    I hope to win A Princess of Mars, because Greg Hatcher’s columns on Comics Should Be Good about how he loves the Mars books have made me want to read the series.


  4. IguanaDitty Says:

    I would love a copy of Princess of Mars. I’ve always wanted to read it and the movie has whetted my appetite.

  5. Michael Paciocco Says:

    “A Princess of Mars” – because I’ve never read the John Carter stuff and I liked the film.

  6. Mitchell F. Says:

    I would have to go with “A Princess of Mars.” The Barsoom series is one of my favorites, and I would love to have a fancy hardcover to have on my shelf.

  7. kamandi68 Says:

    Hmm, I think I’d pick Tarzan, since I’ve never read it.

  8. Kris Larsen Says:

    “A Princess of Mars!” I love the “Flash Gordon” serials and the progenitor must be read.

  9. Paul Gasparo Says:

    A Princess of Mars. I read the Mars book probably 30 years ago, I have always had a fascination with Mars I guess that is why I liked to book so much, since the movie came out I told my 30 year old son I would like to reread the book.

  10. Ursula Says:

    I’d go with A Princess of Mars because I’d like to expand my fantasy reading some more and this classic has been at the top of my list for quite some time.

  11. Kevin Lighton Says:

    A Princess of Mars, since I already have a copy of Tarzan.

  12. Maxime Beaulieu Says:

    I’d say A Princess of Mars, since I went to see John Carpenter, liked the movie and would like to read the original story.

  13. Daniel Says:

    I’d want Tarzan. It was one of the first “adult” books I can remember reading, and I still re-read it now and again. I’d really like to own a nice edition of it.

  14. Tiko Says:

    I’d go with A Princess of Mars, if only because the way it just casually mentions “and then I developed telepathic powers that week” is the greatest one-sentence plot development handwave I’ve ever seen used in fiction.

  15. Kirk Says:

    I’ve been curious about Burroughs’ Mars series for awhile and an introduction from one of my absolute favorite novelists is all the incentive I need. I’d take A Princess of Mars!

  16. Jeff Says:

    I would love to own a copy of Tarzan since I have never read it. I read to my boys (8 and 10) every night before bed. I think that they would like it also. Thanks for the contest.

  17. Matt Says:

    Certainly Tarzan. It’s been many years since I read it, and the new, retro designs for these look great.

  18. Chris Collins Says:

    Tarzan! Because I was 16 before my friends explained to me that Tarzan was fiction and didn’t actually happen. (Somehow, I thought it was based on reality.)

  19. ShadZ Says:

    A Princess of Mars, I’ve loved the Mars books since I discovered them when I was in Jr High, and Tarzan has never clicked with me.

  20. Orlando Says:

    A Princess of Mars is one of those stories that I have read and have always enjoyed re-reading. True pulp fun!

  21. Caitlin Says:

    I’d probably go with Tarzan. Not sure though–Princess could have some amazing and beautiful pictures. I read Tarzan first and his writing style had me hooked!!!

    Although it is hard to choose, I’d go with Tarzan as it was the book to get me hooked on not only Burroughs, but Haggard as well!

  22. Mussorgsky112 Says:

    I would very much choose Princess of Mars over Tarzan. I never did get into the Tarzan series but love all the Carter books because they helped bring about all of the modern science fiction. Without Burroughs, Wells, and a few others, we would never have Star Trek, Doctor Who, Babylon 5, Farscape, and all the other nerdy shows (and books!) that we enjoy now.

  23. Johanna Says:

    Thank you very much to everyone who entered. I have drawn two winners randomly and emailed them. Thank you all for reading the site!




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