The Life of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Creator of Tarzan
By John Taliaferro
(Scribner, Hardcover, 9780684833590, 400pp.)
Publication Date: April 1999
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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But Burroughs, as this book shows, was also a business visionary. He developed his San Fernando Valley ranch into the town of Tarzana and, 50 years ahead of Ninja Turtles, oversaw the mass production of ceramic Tarzan action figures, Tarzan board games, archery sets, jungle maps, and bathing suits. Applying the same consummate skill that made his biography of Western artist Charles M. Russell a critical success, Taliaferro now examines this major American mythmaker, uncovering his roots, assessing his inspiration, and framing his contribution -- giving fresh life to the creator of one of the century's greatest icons.