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Publication Order of Tarzan Books

Tarzan of the Apes (1912)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Return of Tarzan (1913)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Beasts of Tarzan (1914)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Son of Tarzan (1916)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar (1916)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jungle Tales of Tarzan (1919)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tarzan the Untamed (1919)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tarzan the Terrible (1921)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tarzan and the Golden Lion (1923)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tarzan and the Ant Men (1924)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Tarzan Twins (1927)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle (1927)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tarzan and the Lost Empire (1928)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tarzan the Invincible (1930)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tarzan Triumphant (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tarzan and the City of Gold (1932)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tarzan and the Lion Man (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tarzan and the Leopard Men (1935)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tarzan's Quest (1935)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tarzan and the Forbidden City (1938)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tarzan the Magnificent (1939)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tarzan and the Foreign Legion (1947)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tarzan and the Madman (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tarzan and the Castaways (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon

The Tarzan series is a series written by the American author Edgar Rice Burroughs. There are twenty-four novels about adventure in this series and the character is among the most loved characters around the world. The series is written by the author Edgar Rice Burroughs between the year 1912 and 1965 and there have been many adaptations of the series in various forms such as cinema, stage, television and radio. The figure Tarzan created by the author Burroughs has no faults or flaws and is completely a hero type. He is smart, handsome with tall in height and an athletic physique. He has black hair, gray eyes, his body is tanned and is described as Caucasian or of the European origin. He has steady, loyal and courageous emotions and has a sharp mind as learning a new language is not so hard for him. His behavior is ethical most of the times and he loves his wife deeply and totally devotes her. Other women try to attract his attention, but Tarzan declines all of them politely. He always takes side of the party that is weaker, for instance, when a stronger foe is picking on a weak one Tarzan takes the stand for the weak. He is firm as well as forceful when handling other men and is very generous and loyal to his male friends. As a commander he also wants loyalty from the other side. Even though he behaves as a civilized person, his nature is of the forest type and he prefers to live like that. He likes to wear a loincloth with a knife and sleep in a tree branch. Raw meat is his favored meat and that too killed by him only. Across the world, Tarzan is loved by countless fans and is still influencing the childhood of many kids.

Among the twenty four novels written on the Tarzan series by author Edgar Rice Burroughs, the first in the series is titled ‘Tarzan Of The Apes’ published in the year 1912. The Lord and Lady Greystoke of England are stranded on the African coast. John and Alice (Rutherford) Clayton are now in the coastal area of the western jungle and here Lady Greystoke gives birth to John Clayton. After a year his mother dies due to some illness and his father Lord Greystoke is murdered by Kerchak, who is presently the king ape. Later Kala, the she-ape adopts John Clayton and names him ‘Tarzan’, which in the ape language means ‘White Skin’. He always used to feel different due to his physical appearance and in the meantime, he finds the cabin of his parents. There he finds a book and comes to know from the picture that there are others like him and also learns to read. A huge gorilla attacks him during one of his visits to the cabin and with the help of his father’s knife he kills the gorilla. During the struggle he is wounded terribly and becomes a skilled hunter as he grows up and continues to increase the jealousy against the savage ape leader Kerchak.

Later, one of the hunters of the black Africans kills the she-ape Kala, who have just settled in the area. Following this Tarzan starts to behave antagonistically with the tribe and raids the village to scare them. Soon Tarzan is starting to be liked by the ape tribe and at last he attacks Kerchak. . After some time a new white party gets marooned and one of them is a beautiful woman, the first white one Tarzan has ever seen named Jane Porter. William Cecil Clayton is also among them and is the cousin as well as the usurper of the English estate of Tarzan. He spies on them and meanwhile saves Jane and also Paul D’Arnot, who is a French Naval Officer. He teaches Tarzan how to speak French and behave among men. Soon Tarzan travels to Baltimore, Maryland, the native place of Jane and finds out that she went to Wisconsin. He finally meets her there and finds out that she and William Clayton are now engaged. Meanwhile, he finds out the true identity of his inheritance, but for the sake of Jane’s happiness he chooses not to reveal it.

The second novel in the Tarzan series is titled ‘The Return Of Tarzan’ and was published in the year 1913. It starts from where the first novel ended and travels to meet Paul d’Arnot, his friend in Europe after sacrificing his love Jane Porter. On board the ship he meets Count Raoul de Coude and his wife Countess Olga de Coude and there is Nikolas Rokoff along with Alexis Paulvitch, his henchman trying to prey on them. Soon it is revealed that Rokoff is the brother of the countess. Their scheme is opposed by Tarzan and this makes him their enemy. Rokoff tries to get rid of Tarzan in France, but Tarzan defends himself in a polite way and this gives him a job in Algeria as a special agent by Count Raoul. After some time he is traveling with Jane’s friend Hazel Strong to Cape Town with Rokoff and Paulvitch are also with him on the same ship. To seek vengeance they throw Tarzan overboard, but he swims miraculously to the shore of the same jungle he was raised. There he becomes friend with the Waziri tribe warrior Busuli. Later he defends an attack on the Waziri tribe and becomes the chief of the tribe. Later they were on their way to the lost city in the jungle, but are captured by beast-like men, who sacrifice people to devote their sun god.

The beautiful priestess La of Opar, who performs the sacrifice, speaks the ape language and she helps them to escape. In Cape Town, Hazel meets Jane, his father and her fiance William Clayton. They travel on Lady Alice, a cruise ship to the west coast of Africa along with Rokoff. In the middle of the ocean the ship sinks and the passengers get on the lifeboat. The boat reaches the same shore where Tarzan is present. They have been starving there on the coast for weeks and then one day they are surrounded by a lion. Clayton covers himself instead of covering Jane and this cause him to lose respect of Jane. Soon they find out that the lion is dead and their savior Tarzan, doesn’t reveal himself. Jane is later kidnapped by the sacrificing men, but Tarzan saves her and finds that Jane loves him too. On the coast, they find Clayton abandoned and dying because of some fever. Clayton reveals in his last moments that Tarzan is Lord Greystoke. They later find the remaining castaways and Rokoff is arrested. Tarzan and Jane get married and they sail towards the civilization along with some of the Opar’s treasures.

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3 Responses to “Tarzan”

  1. Scott S.: 5 months ago

    If more children of today were introduced to the Tarzan’s type of character where respect fir people and protecting those smaller or weaker than you, perhaps we would have a better young generation than the one we do now.

  2. Roxanne Beaumont: 4 years ago

    i just watched a recent Tarzan movie with a blonde Tarzan. NOT RIGHT. i grew up reading the books and the choice of actor wass wrong — he did have muscles though.

  3. Locutus: 5 years ago

    Nice review but there is one little mistake. In the first book Tarzan doesn’t kill Kerchak in their first battle, but later in the book when Kerchak kidnaps Jane.


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