Monday, October 19, 2009

Where the wild things are: Barsoom glossary

With the film adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s classic book Where the Wild Things Are (1963) doing well at the box office, it seems like a good time to remind fans of Martian science fiction about the Barsoom Glossary. Compiled by David Bruce Bozarth, the glossary defines the animals, plants and minerals created by author Edgar Rice Burroughs for his Barsoomian series of novels. Interestingly, many of the animal entries in Bozarth’s glossary also appear, word for word, in the Dictionary of Animals (Gyan Books, 2005).

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