Tarzan

/tahr"zeuhn, -zan/, n.
1. the hero of a series of jungle stories by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
2. a person of superior or superhuman physical strength, agility, and prowess.

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▪ literary character
      one of the best-known and most durable figures of popular fiction, the hero of jungle adventures in nearly 30 novels and dozens of motion pictures.

      The creation of the American novelist Edgar Rice Burroughs (Burroughs, Edgar Rice) (q.v.), Tarzan first appeared in a magazine story in 1912. His popularity led to the publication of a novel, Tarzan of the Apes (1914), and to a series of successful sequels reported to have sold more than 25,000,000 copies worldwide. Burroughs' novels relate in colourful, rather extravagant prose how Tarzan, the son of an English nobleman, is abandoned in the jungles of Africa, where he is adopted and raised by a tribe of great apes. In the course of a series of improbable but exciting adventures he learns English, meets and falls in love with Jane, the daughter of an American scientist, and recovers his title.

      Tarzan of the Apes was made into a silent film in 1918, with lantern-jawed Elmo Lincoln as the first movie ape-man. More than a dozen actors have since swung through the trees as Tarzan, the most popular having been Johnny Weissmuller (Weissmuller, Johnny), a former Olympic swimming champion. Tarzan has also been the hero of a popular American comic strip and of numerous adventures on radio and television.

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Universalium. 2010.

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