Thanks for the latest ERBANIA, as usual, an interesting issue, especially Bob Barrett’s absorbing and informative piece on various aspects of the Tarzan novels. I especially found rewarding those references to Tarzan “lost adventures” which ERB mentions but does not explain. I had forgotten, for instance, about the Jungle Lord’s dislike of horse meat, mentioned in Tarzan and the City of Gold.
I used this item in the ms. of the Tarzan novel I’m writing for Ballantine. In fact, the horse meat episode inspired me to connect Tarzan with a certain Hemingway story, The Snows of Kilimanjaro. This begins with the statement that there is a dried and frozen carcass of a leopard high on the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Hemingway says that nobody knew what the leopard was doing way up there.
I reveal that only Tarzan knew why it was on the summit, and I outline briefly the “lost adventure.” But there’s enough data in the outline for another writer to write another Tarzan novel. I don’t intend to write any more Tarzan novels. The one at hand fulfills an ambition of seventy years to write an original Tarzan work. For which permission and opportunity I thank Danton Burroughs. He’s made a ten-year-old boy in an eighty-year-old body very happy.
Bob Barrett also supplied me with another mangani word, Umpa the caterpillar. He discovered that in a script ERB wrote for an animated cartoon film.
P. H. Adkins’ The Dream Vaults of Opar was also informative and mentally stimulating.
Philip José Farmer