First published in 1914, Tarzan of the Apes is the first of several works by Edgar Rice Burroughs that delineate Tarzan’s manifold and amazing feats. Despite his reputation as a pulp writer, Burroughs spins an exhilarating yarn detailing the laws of the jungle and the intricate dilemmas of the British gentry as he examines the struggle between heredity and environment.
The orphaned son of aristocratic English parents marooned in Africa is adopted and raised by a band of apes. Not otherwise known to science, the ''mangani'' apes name the boy ''Tarzan'' in their primitive speech. Tarzan's upbringing gives him physical skills considerably superior to those of the finest athletes, but he also inherits a high level of mental prowess. He teaches himself to read by examining basic English primers left by his parents, and eventually learns to speak several languages fluently. Tarzan only rejoins the civilized world when fully grown...
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