Tarzan of the Apes

Tarzan of the Apes is a 1912 story by American writer Edgar Rice Burroughs, and the first in the Tarzan series. It was first serialized in the pulp magazine The All-Story beginning October 1912 before being released as a novel in June 1914.[1]

Tarzan of the Apes
Dust-jacket illustration of Tarzan of the Apes.
AuthorEdgar Rice Burroughs
IllustratorFred J. Arting
Cover artistFred J. Arting
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
SeriesTarzan
GenreAdventure
PublisherA. C. McClurg
Publication date
June 1914
Media typePrint (hardback)
Pages400
OCLC1224185
Followed byThe Return of Tarzan 
TextTarzan of the Apes at Wikisource

The story follows the title character Tarzan's adventures, from his childhood being raised by apes in the jungle to his eventual encounters with other humans and Western society. So popular was the character that Burroughs continued the series into the 1940s with two dozen sequels.[2]

In April 2012, in advance of the novel's centennial anniversary, the Library of America published a hardcover edition based on Burroughs' original novel, with an introduction by Thomas Mallon.(ISBN 978-1-59853-164-0). Scholars have noted several important themes in the novel: the impact of heredity on behavior; racial superiority; civilization, especially as Tarzan struggles with his identity as a human; sexuality; and escapism.


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