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May 03 , 2009

Tarzan of the Apes (Annotated)


Tarzan of the Apes is a book written by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the first in a series of books about the title character Tarzan. It was first published in the pulp magazine All-Story Magazine in October, 1912; the first book edition was published in 1914. The character was so popular that Burroughs continued the series into the 1940s with two dozen sequels. For the tale’s centennial anniversary, Library of America published a hardcover edition based on the original book in April 2012 with an introduction by Thomas Mallon.
The book tells the story of John Clayton, born in the western coastal jungles of equatorial Africa to a marooned couple from England, John and Alice (Rutherford) Clayton, Lord and Lady Greystoke. Adopted as an infant by the she-ape Kala after his parents die (his mother dies of natural causes on Tarzan's first birthday, and his father is killed by the savage king ape Kerchak), Clayton is named "Tarzan" ("White Skin" in the ape language) and raised in ignorance of his human heritage.
This edition has been formatted for your reader, with an active table of contents.  It has also been annotated, with extensive additional information about the book and also Edgar Rice Burroughs, including an overview, plot, portrayal, adaptations, extensive information about the character of Tarzan, biographical and bibliographical information.

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