The first and best of the Tarzan novels, of which Edgar Rice Burroughs eventually wrote several dozen, "Tarzan of the Apes" remains one of the signature stories of American popular literature, as readable as it is famous. Tarzan himself, in the words of Arthur C. Clarke, is "the best known character in the whole of fiction." As John Taliaferro asserts in his Introduction to this Modern Library Paperback Classic, "There is no question that "Tarzan of the Apes"] is one of the most entertaining and exemplary books of the last century. . . . It] is not merely a story from a bygone era; it is a tale as old as time, and for all time, too.
About the Author
Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950) is the creator of Tarzan, one of the most popular fictional characters of all time, and John Carter, hero of the Barsoom science fiction series. Burroughs was a prolific author, writing almost 70 books before his death in 1950, and was one of the first authors to popularize a character across multiple media, as he did with Tarzan's appearance in comic strips, movies, and merchandise. Residing in Hawaii at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbour in 1941, Burroughs was drawn into the Second World War and became one of the oldest war correspondents at the time. Edgar Rice Burroughs's popularity continues to be memorialized through the community of Tarzana, California, which is named after the ranch he owned in the area, and through the Burrough crater on Mars, which was named in his honour.
Gore Vidal is the author of many bestselling novels including Julian, Burr, Myra Breckinridge, and Lincoln. He lives in Italy.
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“[Burroughs has] a gift very few writers of any kind possess: he can describe action vividly.” —Gore Vidal