Tarzan and the Santa Monica Connection


Tarzan the Centennial Celebration jacket art

Join us Sunday, January 26 from 2pm to 4pm for a lecture and book signing on Tarzan.  Tarzan of the Apes (1914), by author Edgar Rice Burroughs, launched a phenomenon, with the ape man swinging from literature into film, radio, television, merchandising, and other media, to become a 20th Century pop-culture presence. Flush with success, Burroughs established Tarzana Ranch in 1919, which was later incorporated as Santa Monica’s neighbor to the north. Scott Tracy Griffin will examine the numerous connections between the novelist Burroughs, the character Tarzan, and the City of Santa Monica on the centennial of the first Tarzan book publication.


About Scott Tracy Griffin

Scott Tracy Griffin is the author of Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration (Titan Books, 2012), the only authorized commemorative visual history of American author Edgar Rice Burroughs’s famed ape man. Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration is a 2013 Locus Award finalist in the Art Book category. Griffin, who has been reading, researching, and writing about Burroughs since childhood and appeared in numerous documentaries and news programs discussing the author, has been a Santa Monica resident since 1990.


The lecture will take place at the Santa Monica History Museum, 1350 7th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401. Doors open at 1pm and parking is available in the adjacent parking garage.