Tarzan

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Dover, 1997 - Juvenile Fiction - 92 pages
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Orphaned as an infant when his mother and father die in the African jungle, young Lord Greystoke (later known as Tarzan) begins a remarkable life journey. Adopted and raised by Kala, a female ape, he grows up to be strong and clever, learning to communicate with his primate family as well as with other animals of the wild. This imaginative and exciting tale of the 'King of the Apes' has long been a favorite adventure novel. Set in large, easy-to-read type, this specially abridged edition, strikingly illustrated by John Green, will introduce today's young readers to one of the most memorable characters in early 20th century fiction.

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About the author (1997)

Edgar Rice Burroughs was born on September 1, 1875, in Chicago. His father, George Tyler was a distiller and a battery manufacturer. Early in life Burroughs attempted to support his family in a variety of occupations, including railroad policeman, business partner, and miner. None of these proved successful. However, Burroughs had always enjoyed reading adventure fiction and decided to try his hand at writing. His first attempt, written under the pseudonym Normal Bean, sold very quickly and Burroughs' career took off. Although critics and educators have not always been supportive of Burroughs' writing, the characters in his stories have entertained readers for many years. Tarzan was the most popular, earning Burroughs enough money to start his own publishing house and a motion picture company. Another character, John Carter, is the hero of Burroughs' Mars adventure series. The continuing popularity of these characters has led some critics to reconsider the value of Burroughs' writing and to acknowledge significant themes in his stories. Burroughs died on March 19, 1950.

John Green attended a boarding school in Alabama not unlike Alaska's Culver Creek. After graduating from college in 2000, he worked as a chaplain at a children's hospital. His experiences with patients and their families during intense crises solidified his desire to write for teens and inspired him to bring his comic sensibility to a candid novel about the excitement of breaking the rules and the challenge of confronting loss. John now writes for several national magazines, both print and Web-based. He is also a commentator for National Public Radio's afternoon newsmagazine, "All Things Considered," and Chicago's "NPR" affiliate, WBEZ.