“Carson of Venus is Edgar Rice Burroughs’ third of four novels in the Venus series. They follow the fantastic adventures of earthman Carson Napier after he crash lands on Venus… This third book was written two years before the outbreak of World War II. So, it focuses on spies, intrigue and war and satirizes the Nazis and the Fascists… Illustrations for the novel were supplied by the author’s son, John Coleman Burroughs.”
In 1939 Burroughs was living on his estate in Tarzana in the San Fernando Valley. The area was named after Burroughs’ fictional character when a post office was built to serve residents on land subdivided from portions of his holdings. The story is a bit complicated so read about it here: http://www.tarzana.ca/ and here: http://www.erbzine.com/mag0/0008.html . Tarzana was never an actual political entity, it was just a postal designation for an area within the city of Los Angeles. Your blogger grew up in Tarzana about a half mile from what was, by then, the home that Burroughs formerly resided in.
“Although Hitler was on the rise, other people of the world resisted and fought Nazi totalitarian regime of Germany. Underground workers, allied countries, and movements by civilians all were working forces to create a Nazi resistance and sabotage Hitler’s Nazi Germany. They sabotaged in the forms of literature, propaganda, revolts, and by helping Jews escape.
“There were many underground workers in the form of literature. These works of literature were plays, books, articles, or newspapers. In the United States, a famous anti-Nazi play was called, “Day is darkness”, and was written by George Fess. It was put on in 1939 sponsored by the Federal Theatre Project. This is one way the United States used writing to evoke anger against the Nazi’s through a form of literature.”
“[Langston] Hughes was a prolific writer who worked in many genres: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama, musicals, and children’s books. As a popular newspaper columnist, Hughes created a fictitious Harlem narrator named Simple… Deeply interested in developing a black theater, Hughes founded the … New Negro Theater in Los Angeles in 1939… His life and work were enormously important in shaping the artistic contributions of the Harlem Renaissance. He wanted to tell the stories of his people in ways that reflected their actual culture, including both their suffering and their love of music, laughter, and language itself.”