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Tarzan of the Books (I)


 I am particularly fond of the Tarzan books by Edgar Rice Burroughs because they were introduced to me by my father. I remember the moment well. We were in Taylor's Bookstore on 114th Street and Broadway browsing around. It was 1966 and I was in my Daniel Boone obsessive stage -- i.e., I was only reading books and magazines about the famous frontiersman who was depicted by Fess Parker in the TV series Daniel Boone. Hoping to wean me away from Boone, he bought me the first volume in the 24-volume Tarzan of the Apes series and -- no sooner than you could say Edgar Rice Burroughs, Master of Adventure -- one obsession was traded in for another. I soon was reading a Tarzan book a week and then went on to ERB's numerous other adventures. My father certainly knew his audience. Thanks, dad!