Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Did You Know? Tarzan of the Apes

First off, a very Happy Valentine's Day to everyone! I hope everyone is having a great day/evening! This week's Did You Know? focuses on Tarzan of the Apes and Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Did you know?
  • Jane's full name is Jane Porter?
  • Jane's father's name is Archimedes Q. Porter? He was on an expidition to find buried treasure when he met Tarzan.
  • Tarzan is able to speak more than 12 animal and human languages?
  • Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote 26 Tarzan books?
  • Tarzan was the son of a British Lord and Lady? I wonder why so many of these types of characters are always members of the aristocracy.
  • Edgar Rice Burroughs was a prolific author, writing numerous science fiction and fantasy novels in addition to his Tarzan series?
  • Burroughs enlisted with the 7th Cavalry in 1895, and was discharged 1897 after it was discovered he had a heart condition?
  • He held a number of low paying jobs, including selling pencil sharpeners, before beginning to submit stories to pulp fiction magazines?
  • Tarzana, the name of Burroughs' California ranch, was adopted by residents of the area for their new town in 1927? Today, Tarzana, California is home to over 28,000 people.
  • In 1923, Burroughs set up his own company and printed his own books until the 1930's? Now that's the way to self publish!


  1. WOW! I learned a lot from this post. I had no idea that Rice Burroughs self-publshed by starting his own company. How cool!! Great facts.


  2. I thought that was really cool. Certainly ahead of his time!