Tarzan the Terrible


Tarzan the Terrible

Call Number

PS 3503 .B87 .T36 1921

Date of Publication


Collection Size

1 bound volume; 310 pages


Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections



Historical Note

Edgar Rice Burroughs [1875-1950] was an American writer most well-known for his adventure and science fiction novels. Burroughs best known works are the Tarzan novels, the tales of Mars adventurer John Carter, and the stories of Pellucidar.



Tarzan the Terrible is the eighth book in the series relating the tales of Tarzan, Lord Greystoke. It was first published as a serial in the Argosy All-Story Weekly magazine from February to March 1921. The first book edition was published in June 1921. The story is set in Pal-ul-don. The novel contains a glossary of its inhabitants' language. In attempting to find his wife Jane, whom he erroneously thought had been killed, Tarzan finds a hidden valley called Pal-ul-don filled with dinosaurs.The valley is also home to two races of tailed human-looking creatures--the city-dwelling Ho-don and the hill-dwelling Waz-don. Befriending the tribes, they are so impressed by Tarzan's accomplishments and skills they name him Tarzan the Terrible. Jane had been brought there by her German captor who becomes dependent upon her due to his lack of jungle survival skills. With his new friends, Tarzan continues his search for Jane. After many fights and adventures, Tarzan begins to doubt he can succeed at his endeavor. In the final chapter, his goal is achieved with some help from an unexpected quarter.

Additional Notes

The book is inscribed: Christmas 1944 Luckett Davis

The book has a dust jacket


Gift of Dr. Luckett Davis in April 2018


Grosset & Dunlap


New York City, New York


Fiction, Tarzan, Adventure, Pulp-Fiction


American Literature | American Popular Culture | Fiction

Tarzan the Terrible