Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Edgar Rice Burroughs, the Princess of Mars, and Phillips Academy

In admiring a recent chart in The New York Times listing the largest prep school endowments in the country, we remembered that Edgar Rice Burroughs attended Phillips Academy, Andover. With an $800 million endowment and notable alumni such as Humphrey Bogart and George W. Bush, we assumed that the academy’s Oliver Wendell Holmes Library would hold copies of Burroughs’ A Princess of Mars (1917) and the other novels in his Barsoom series.

Much to our surprise, the library does not own a copy of A Princess of Mars. As some constellation, the library does have these Barsoom novels:

Three Martian Novels: Thuvia, Maid of Mars. The Chessmen of Mars. The Master Mind of Mars (Dover, 1962)

Llana of Gathol (Ballantine, 1963)

Swords of Mars, and Synthetic Men of Mars (Doubleday, 1966, 1963, illustrations by Frank Frazetta)

The Gods of Mars, and The Warlord of Mars (Doubleday, 1971, illustrations by Frank Frazetta)

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