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EFor the letter E in the A to Z Challenge I have chosen Edgar Rice Burroughs—well, not really the man, but the Tarzan books that he wrote.

In the fourth grade my family moved from South Carolina to Pennsylvania. I was totally lost at school. They were learning things that I hadn’t seen before—like multiplication. Reading was particularly difficult. I was stuck in a remedial reading class where I remember we were reading some story on opossums. Then, one fine day, my friend, Patrick Crowe, and I discovered Tarzan of the Apes. Through a flyer from Ballantine Publishing, we discovered the Tarzan series of books. We immediately ordered some—50¢ a piece as I recall. The first one I read, and the first in the series, was Tarzan of the Apes. I was enthralled and read them like crazy. I worked my way out of remedial reading and became a life-long fan of Tarzan.

Excellent editions by Leonaur

Excellent editions by Leonaur

It is a series; 24 books to be exact:

  1. Tarzan of the Apes
  2. The Return of Tarzan
  3. The Beasts of Tarzan
  4. The Son of Tarzan
  5. Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar
  6. Jungle Tales of Tarzan
  7. Tarzan the Untamed
  8. Tarzan the Terrible
  9. Tarzan and the Golden Lion
  10. Tarzan and the Ant Men
  11. Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle
  12. Tarzan and the Lost Empire
  13. Tarzan at the Earth’s Core
  14. Tarzan the Invincible
  15. Tarzan Triumphant
  16. Tarzan and the City of Gold
  17. Tarzan and the Lion Man
  18. Tarzan and the Leopard Men
  19. Tarzan’s Quest
  20. Tarzan and the Forbidden City
  21. Tarzan the Magnificent
  22. Tarzan and the Foreign Legion
  23. Tarzan and the Madman
  24. Tarzan and the Castaways

My favorites are Tarzan of the Apes, The Return of Tarzan, Tarzan the Untamed, Tarzan the Terrible and Tarzan and the Lost Empire—the last one being my top favorite.

Leonaur for a time published my favorite editions of the Tarzan series. They published two books in each volume for a total of 12 volumes. I wish I had bought all 12 at the time, for they have since stopped publication. I have made inquiries and can not find the reason for their stoppage. I have volumes 1, 4, 5 & 7. On Amazon these editions are going for hundreds of dollars—even the paperback ones! Not selling mine.

The language of the Tarzan books is dated and somewhat quaint. They are also not politically correct, so beware of that. Written on an 8-9th grade level, they are easy reads for adults. When I was in fourth grade they were a struggle, but, did I already mention this?, they got me out of remedial reading class.

I had this story from one who had no business to tell it to me, or to any other. –opening line of Tarzan of the Apes

For pure adventure, pick up the first in the series, Tarzan of the Apes and start reading—you’ll be in for a rollicking good adventure!

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