Tarzan Alive: A Definitive Biography of Lord Greystoke

Tarzan Alive: A Definitive Biography of Lord Greystoke

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by Philip Jose Farmer
     
 

Through the tales of Edgar Rice Burroughs, generations of readers have thrilled to the adventures of Lord Greystoke (aka John Clayton, but better known as Tarzan of the Apes). In this biography Philip José Farmer pieces together the life of this fantastic man, correcting Burroughs’s errors and deliberate deceptions and tracing Tarzan's family tree back to… See more details below

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Through the tales of Edgar Rice Burroughs, generations of readers have thrilled to the adventures of Lord Greystoke (aka John Clayton, but better known as Tarzan of the Apes). In this biography Philip José Farmer pieces together the life of this fantastic man, correcting Burroughs’s errors and deliberate deceptions and tracing Tarzan's family tree back to other extraordinary figures, including Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes, the Scarlet Pimpernel, Doc Savage, Nero Wolfe, and Bulldog Drummond. Tarzan Alive offers the first chronological account of Tarzan's life, narrated in careful detail garnered from Burroughs’s stories and other sources. From the ill-fated voyage that led to Greystoke's birth on the isolated African coast to his final adventures as a group captain in the RAF during World War II, Farmer constructs a comprehensive and authoritative account. Farmer’s assertion that Tarzan was a real person has led him to craft a biography as well researched and compelling as that of any character from conventional history. This definitive Bison Books edition also includes Farmer’s “Exclusive Interview with Lord Greystoke” as well as “Extracts from the Memoirs of ‘Lord Greystoke’” first anthologized in Mother Was a Lovely Beast.

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Editorial Reviews

American Book Review
“The most innovative part of the book [is] Tarzan’s family tree linking him to every great hero in pulp literature. . . . Farmer is less well known today than he was forty years ago. Nevertheless, Alive ages well and gives the reader the sourcebook for so many writers today.”—American Book Review
Green Man Review
"Farmer does a fine job of consolidating all the material. He leaves the reader with a three dimensional portrait of the main characters, their foibles, and motivations. . . . For an introduction to one of the most resilient heroes in literature, Tarzan Alive is a remarkable offering."—Green Man Review
Library Journal
The old vine swinger is one of a handful of fictional characters to rank a biography. Such books give the authors the opportunity to expound on the characters, providing background, side stories, and updates not offered by their creator. Farmer's 1972 volume borrows from Edgar Rice Burroughs but also adds to the legend by tracing Tarzan's lineage (his relatives run the gamut from Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes to Doc Savage, the Scarlet Pimpernel, and Nero Wolfe) and extends his exploits beyond the African jungle as an RAF pilot in World War II. Great fun. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803269217
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
04/28/2006
Series:
Bison Frontiers of Imagination Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
316
Sales rank:
1,055,239
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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