Tarzan is a series of twenty-four adventure novels written by Edgar Rice Burroughs, followed by four novels either co-written by Burroughs, or officially authorized by his estate. There are also two works written by Burroughs especially for children that are not considered part of the main series.
The series is considered a classic of literature and is the author's best-known work. Tarzan has been called one of the best-known literary characters in the world. Written by Burroughs between 1912 and 1965, Tarzan has been adapted many times, complete or in part, for radio, television, stage, and cinema. (It has been adapted for the cinema more times than any book except Dracula).
*I doubt that there are many posters here who have ever read Edgar Rice Burroughs or Robert E. Howard. Such literature heros as Tarzan, Conan, or Doc Savage are old school. Tarzan doesn't wear a cape nor wave a magic wand. No Hollywood actor has ever portrayed the character correctly. Tarzan, John Clayton, Lord Greystoke spoke perfect English, French, and many other languages fluently with no trace of an accent. His first language was the "language of the apes". Edgar Rice Burroughs created an entire language for his books. Tarzan did not ( like the movies ) run around rescuing civilized people from natives and wild beasts simply because they wore clothes. In fact, if he saw a lion stalking a man, he considered this as none of his business. His respect for the wild animals equaled his respect for a human life. Also, he preferred the company of the aborigines to that of the so-called civilized people.
As a naked feral child living with apes, young Tarzan taught himself to read. As a grown man, Tarzan learned to enjoy a hot cup of coffee and a good cigarette. Only when in the company of people would Tarzan subjugate himself to cooked meat. He much preferred his meat raw. Tarzan often hunted with his best friend, Jad -bal-ja, the golden lion. The two of them would feast side-by-side on a bloody carcass. *Hunting - Tarzan armed with a knife, a grass rope, and sometimes either a spear, bow and arrows, or both ( never a gun ).