Protecting Project Pulp No. 28: Edgar Rice Burroughs

Main Fiction: “Tarzan Rescues the Moon” by Edgar Rice Burroughs, first published in Jungle Tales of Tarzan, 1919.

Narrator: Bryan Lincoln.

The apes growled. They were displeased. “Kill the Gomangani!” cried one.

“Yes,” roared another, “kill the Gomangani and the Tarmangani as well.”

“Kill the white ape!” screamed Gozan, “he is no ape at all; but a Gomangani with his skin off.”

“Kill Tarzan!” bellowed Gunto. “Kill! Kill! Kill!”

(This story contains racial characterizations that many listeners will find offensive. We chose it because of the important role Tarzan plays in pulp fiction history. Listener discretion is advised.)

5 thoughts on “Protecting Project Pulp No. 28: Edgar Rice Burroughs”

  1. Hey, thanks for the warning. I sincerely appreciate it. And I agree that ERB’s Tarzan’s stories are foundational and shouldn’t be ignored just because of outdated language. Really looking forward to listening to this.

  2. This was my first meet with a Tarzan story, and it’s a pleasure. A very intelligent story, specially by the pulse the author kept of Tarzan’s feelings and curiosity. As a black, my sensibility wasn’t affected by the language. You don’t need to excuse the racial view point of pulp literature by picking up the epoch… You just need to be realist.

    Thanks again to Project Pulp.

  3. Thanks for your comments and understanding, folks. I added the warning for two reasons: it was suggested by a friend that we include them in response to an earlier story. Also, Burroughs’ racism was not the garden-variety, casual kind that is based on thoughtless ignorance. It was more theoretical and thoughtful than that. Fortunately this story doesn’t get into it; it’s more subtle.

  4. There’s no waycism in the story! Given the intro I was hoping to hear a bit of old-school race-realism but it’s totally absent.

    Tarzan doesn’t like the local colour in general, presumably because they’d eat him if they caught him – perfectly understandable and realistic – but is perfectly capable of respecting honourable individual enrichers, even risking his own life to save that of a vibrant enricher he admires.

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