Tarzan of the Apes

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Qualitas Publishing, 2012 - Fiction - 282 pages
Tarzan of the Apes was written by Edgar Rice Burroughs and first published in novel form in 1914. It is the story of Tarzan, the son of a British Lord and Lady marooned on the West coast of Africa by mutineers. When Tarzan is a year old, his mother dies of natural causes, and his father is killed by Kerchak, leader of the ape tribe into which Tarzan is adopted. Tarzan meets a young American woman, Jane Porter, who along with her father and others of their party is marooned at exactly the same spot on the African coast where Tarzan's parents were twenty years earlier. When Jane returns to America, Tarzan leaves the jungle in search of her, his one true love, only to learn the bitter news that she has become engaged to William Clayton. Meanwhile, clues from his parents' cabin have proved Tarzan's true identity. Instead of claiming his inheritance, Tarzan chooses to conceal and renounce his heritage for the sake of Jane's happiness. Tarzan follows a "return to nature" philosophy. While he is able to pass within society as a civilized individual, he ultimately prefers life in his native jungle. This publication of Tarzan of the Apes is part of the Qualitas Classics Fireside Series, where pure, ageless classics are presented in clean, easy to read reprints. For a complete list of titles, see: http: //www.qualitaspublishing.com

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User Review  - Elizabeth M. - Christianbook.com

Hollywood has done such a hack job on this; you can forget how intelligent a writer Edgar Rice Burroughs was. I was never a fan of the whole "Tarzan" idea, but my boys sure loved the story. They think all Tarzan movies are ridiculous now that they have read this. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

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.

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