Tarzan of the Apes & Other Tales

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A beautifully produced omnibus of the first six Tarzan novels, with foreword by Andy Briggs and illustrations from the Burroughs archive
Here for the first time in one place are the earliest tales of one of the best-known creations of 20th-century fiction?Tarzan of the Apes, The Return of Tarzan, The Beasts of Tarzan, The Son of Tarzan, Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar, and Jungle Tales of Tarzan. Abandoned to his fate when his English parents die in the African jungle, a...

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Overview

A beautifully produced omnibus of the first six Tarzan novels, with foreword by Andy Briggs and illustrations from the Burroughs archive
Here for the first time in one place are the earliest tales of one of the best-known creations of 20th-century fiction—Tarzan of the Apes, The Return of Tarzan, The Beasts of Tarzan, The Son of Tarzan, Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar, and Jungle Tales of Tarzan. Abandoned to his fate when his English parents die in the African jungle, a baby boy is rescued and reared by a loving ape foster mother. Conquering the savage laws of the wilderness, Tarzan grows into a mighty warrior and becomes leader of his tribe of apes until he encounters, for the first time, his own kind—humans. An expedition of white treasure hunters has entered his jungle kingdom, accompanied by the beautiful Jane Porter. Tarzan's primitive heart is struck, and he determines to become civilized in order to win her. But will the charms of this cultured young woman overcome when the spirit of his wild nature beckons?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780575134416
  • Publisher: Gollancz, Victor Limited
  • Publication date: 10/10/2012
  • Edition description: Centenary Edition
  • Pages: 976
  • Sales rank: 299,496
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 2.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875–1950) was born in Chicago. A prolific writer for the early pulp magazines, he is best remembered as the creator of Tarzan and for his Martian tales featuring John Carter. Andy Briggs is an author and screenwriter. His books include the Tarzan young adult novels The Greystoke Legacy and The Jungle Warrior, as well as the Hero.com series (Rise of the Heroes) and Villain.net series (Council of Evil).

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  • Posted April 12, 2014

    A fantastic Centenary Edition of the first few (and what I must

    A fantastic Centenary Edition of the first few (and what I must imagine to be the best) of the original Tarzan novels. The quality paperback book is not too bad, and I think the typos were minimal. A fair warning for those who probably aren't familiar with the original books: they are definitely a pulp product of their time; I believe these would be some of the later revisions of the stories, somewhat sanitized for a more modern audience, though many in today's audience are likely to cringe at Tarzan's relationship with the African natives around him (typically portrayed as hideous, savage, cannibal cannon fodder for Tarzan, as the height of human evolution, to casually slaughter); endangered wild animals such as lions fare little better and one must wonder whether any lions are left in Africa after Tarzan is finished. Additionally, those who are more familiar with Tarzan through the movies are likely to find quite a few surprises here: for example, Tarzan quickly becomes an eloquent master of many languages, for example - no "Me Tarzan, you Jane", and familiar (and kitschy) characters from the classic films like Cheetah the Chimp and Boy are (fortunately!) nowhere to be found. That said, the stories are great for what they are: fast-moving and engaging pulp adventure stories set against a backdrop of savage primeval wildernesses, lost civilizations, brutal villages of vicious cannibals and equally brutal bands of "civilized" and decadent European colonists and marauders, all set against Tarzan as a self-made man with the best qualities of the "Noble Savage" tempered by civilization... Edgar Rice Burroughs' best-known creation has captured the imaginations of generations of readers, listeners, and viewers of adaptations in a variety of formats while most of his contemporaries have vanished into forgotten history for good reasons. Keeping in mind that these stories are a product of their time, this collection is sure to be a lot of fun for fans of classic pulp adventure and fantasy stories. I've become a fan of the Barnes & Noble "Leatherbound Classics" series of books - I do wish that this volume had been part of that series rather than a paperback, that would have made this a full five-star review!

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  • Posted May 2, 2013

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    My first ventures into science fiction and fantasy started with

    My first ventures into science fiction and fantasy started with a bunch of old pulps in my grandfathers attic, including Tarzan. Undeniably Tarzan captured the imagination, I do not believe there's anyone who doesn't know Tarzan. People often say that Superman is the first ever super hero, however I believe Tarzan is listed as the top hero of the past century. This omnibus of the first 6 novels brought me back when I was very young, sweating in an attic in Laredo Texas that had no air conditioning, but unwilling to leave until I read what would Tarzan do next. A great buy that brings back nostalgia feeling that novels don't have to be graphic or profane in order to enjoy them. 

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