• Jesse Bering's Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us (2013), provides scientific evidence that Tarzan would never have gone for Jane. Burroughs intuited as much when he wrote "Tarzan's First Love."
  • Three smart books of interest that I hope someday to review: Annette Wannamaker and Michelle Ann Abate's (editors) Global Perspectives on Tarzan: From King of the Jungle to International Icon (2012); Stan Galloway's The Teenage Tarzan: A Literary Analysis of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Jungle Tales of Tarzan (2010); and Scott Tracy Griffin's gorgeous Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration (2012).
  • "Tarzan and Sookie Sittin' in a Tree," which playfully connects the human-or-beast drama of Tarzan as the same essential drama of vampirehood, and which even more playfully links Tarzan to the American south, missed two pieces of evidence. First, that the movie poster for 1918's Romance of Tarzan promises "THERE'S A VAMPIRE, TOO." Thanks to Al Bohl for pointing this out when we met at the Tarzan centennial in LA; though the line appears to refer
    to a vampy woman, not an actual undead. Second, that the HBO miniseries True Blood includes in its
    anything-goes-sexuality--includes but
    promptly shuts down--an instance of incest between vampire Bill and his
    great great great great granddaughter
    Portia. (Some viewers see Eric and
    Nora's relationship as at least flirting
    with incest because they are siblings in
    as much as the same vampire "fathered" them.) For incest in Tarzania, see On Tarzan's chapter 7. Coincidentally (?), the actor who plays Eric, Alexander Skarsgard, was the leading contender for the shelved David Yates' Tarzan film reboot.
  • The great post-publication "doh!" was the realization that On Tarzan failed to articulate clearly that Tarzania's obsession with (fantasy of?) African cannibalism bespeaks a white anxiousness about racial integrity and miscegenation, about literal incorporation into blackness. This metaphor, mostly evident in the films, seems rather obvious and substantive. 


  • p.34, "On the home front, on March 23, 1922, Tarzan's creator became the first writer known to have incorporated himself...the year that also brought out those highbrow monuments Ulysses and The Waste Land." Oops. The idea came to him in 1922, but the incorporation went into effect March 26, 1923. (from the Porges biography of Burroughs, p.342).