(urth) Spring Wind

James Wynn crushtv at gmail.com
Wed Sep 29 13:43:07 PDT 2010

> I like the comparison of Horn to John Carter of Mars. But I only read 
> the first book long ago and have forgotten it. Is there any direction 
> the connection gives us?  Certainly Wolfe must have been in a 
> Burroughs kind of mood for a while there, given all the six-legged 
> creatures. Speaking of which, there is a movie version of John Carter 
> of Mars due out in 2012.  And going on another tangent, I always think 
> of the inhumi as a metaphor for what happens when a writer falls under 
> the influence of another writer: if you read a lot of Melville while 
> you are writing, don't be surprised if it ends up retaining some of 
> the character of Melville. And Wolfe himself enjoys imitation; he did 
> a great Dunsany pastiche once. He is very conscious, if not 
> self-conscious, of the process of literary digestion and re-creation. 
> It's more than just reference---it's re-working.

Perhaps Wolfe was intrigued the parallels between the Whorl and 
Pellucidar and decided to double-down on Burroughs.

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