Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Alva Johnston gives a few tips on what the nation must do to create great writers. Otherwise, he gives advice for all others on how to become a great writer and chiefly suggests doing so by imitating E.R. Burroughs. Pay particular attention to the article’s chapter entitled “The Boy Who Escaped Grammar.”

Edgar Rice Burroughs on How to Become a Great Writer

When published in 1939, Alva Johnston suggested that there was perhaps no greater literary creation within the 20th century than Tarzan, brought to life by Edgar Rice Burroughs, a man who preferred his stories to society.

by Alva Johnston

(Is it high time for a Tarzan reboot?)