This collector-quality edition includes the complete text of all three novels comprising Edgar Rice Burrough's "Caspak" trilogy, "The Land that Time Forgot", "The People that Time Forgot" and "Out of Time's Abyss" in freshly edited and newly typeset editions. With a generous 6x9 page size, this Summit Classic edition is printed on hefty 60# bright white paper with a fully laminated cover featuring an original full color design. "Caspak" is the native name for the island of Caprona, located somewhere in or near the Antarctic. Reported by the Italian explorer Caproni in 1721, the island's location was subsequently "lost". Both the island and the explorer are of course entirely fictional, and the island provides the setting for what has over the years become known as Edgar Rice Burroughs' science fiction "Caspak Trilogy." Originally written under the working title "The Lost U-Boat" and published as a three-part serial in 1918, the three tales chronicle the adventures of the survivors of a torpedoed ship and the German u-boat crew on the lost island of "Caprona", and the members of the expedition that sets out to rescue the survivors. In Edgar Rice Burroughs' trademark style, the lost mariners are thrown into a series of non-stop adventures at a breakneck pace, with the Germans pitted against the British and American survivors, the humans pitted against dinosaurs and other monstrous creatures, and the modern castaways in conflict with the native inhabitants, themselves divided into groups at distinctly different human evolutionary stages and harboring a bizarre secret that dominates human life on the island. Later published as a novel under the title "The People That Time Forgot", the original three serial segments, clearly part of a single narrative, were subsequently published as three separate short novels in paperbacks widely available for many years, and that presentation became the norm, establishing the three stories as the "Caspak Trilogy." Additional material collected and presented for Burroughs' fans, new or old, are a biographical sketch of the author and a detailed bibliography of his work.
Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950) was an American writer best known for his work in the adventure, fantasy, and science fiction genres. After being discharged from the army shortly after enlisting due to health issues, Burroughs pursued a number of careers. He worked as a cowboy, a factory worker, a mine manager, and a railroad worker before he started writing to earn more money. His best-known work, Tarzan of the Apes gained him major financial success, especially after he sold the film rights for the novel. Burroughs was married twice, and has three children. After his death, he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, commemorating his exemplary work and vast canon of eighty novels.