Tarzan is a popular fictional character and one of the best known characters from literature in the world. He is best known for being raised by apes after his parents died. His character was initially created for a novel called “Tarzan of the Apes,” but the Tarzan phenomenon quickly took hold and 24 more books were written. The story of Tarzan has been adapted many times and there are now over 90 movies about Tarzan as well as many radio and television series that also follow his adventures. The Tarzan character has also been represented on Broadway and in comics and video games. But, who came up with the idea of Tarzan? Read on to discover the answer.
Who wrote the Tarzan stories?
The first Tarzan book, “Tarzan of the Apes,” was written by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It was first published in the All-Story Magazine in October 1912. The first edition of the book was published two years later in 1914. Edgar Rice Burroughs went on to write 23 other Tarzan novels that were published between 1912 and 1965. He also co-authored some of the other official books in the series.
Did you know?
Edgar Rice Burroughs is also famous for creating the Mars adventurer John Carter. An upcoming movie, called “John Carter”, is based on this character.
The United States copyright for the original “Tarzan of the Apes” book has expired. This means that you may be able to read it for free.