What I think I like most about Edgar Rice Burroughs novels is that he brazenly tells a story of absolute fiction in which most characters are the paragon of manly nobility and most love interests are the swooning goddess of desires untold, and he tells this story as if he over heard it in a bar.
"I had this Story from one who had no business to tell it to me, or to any other. I may credit the seductive influence of an old vintage of the narrator for the beginning of it, and my own skeptical incredulity durring the days that followed for the balance of the strange tale." -ERB Tarzan of the Apes
"In submitting Captain Carters strange manuscript to you in book form, I believe that a few words relative to this remarkable personality will be of interest.
My first recollection of Captain Carter is of the few months he spent in my fathers home..." _ERB A princess of Mars
He always tells a story like he didn't write it like it was just something he heard. Perhaps great men of moral character exists and Edgar Rice Burroughs elevated them to godhood or perhaps he was just a man who dreamed.