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Through the tales of Edgar Rice Burroughs, generations of readers have thrilled to the adventures of Lord Greystoke (aka John Clayton, but better known as Tarzan of the Apes). In this biography Philip Jose Farmer pieces together the life of this fantastic man, correcting Burroughs's errors and deliberate deceptions and tracing Tarzan's family tree back to other extraordinary figures, including Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes, the Scarlet Pimpernel, Doc Savage, Nero Wolfe, and Bulldog Drummond.
Tarzan Alive offers the first chronological account of Tarzan's life, narrated in careful detail garnered from Burroughs's stories and other sources. From the ill-fated voyage that led to Greystoke's birth on the isolated African coast to his final adventures as a group captain in the RAF during World War II, Farmer constructs a comprehensive and authoritative account. Farmer's assertion that Tarzan was a real person has led him to craft a biography as well researched and compelling as that of any character from conventional history.
Philip Jose Farmer was born in Indiana in 1918. Although he once said he resolved to become a writer in the fourth grade, it wasn't until 1952 that his first SF was published - the novella THE LOVERS, which won him the HUGO AWARD FOR MOST PROMISING NEW AUTHOR. Although best known for his Riverworld sequence, beginning with the HUGO AWARD-winning TO YOUR SCATTERED BODIES GO, Farmer also pioneered the use of sexual and religious themes in SF and wrote several novels reworking the lore of celebrated pulp heroes such as Tarzan and Doc Savage. He also wrote the tongue-in-cheek VENUS ON THE HALF-SHELL using the pseudonym Kilgore Trout, a character who appeared in several Kurt Vonnegut novels. Philip Jose Farmer won three HUGOs, a WORLD FANTASY AWARD FOR LIFE ACHIEVEMENT and the DAMON KNIGHT MEMORIAL GRAND MASTER AWARD. He died in 2009.
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