Tarzan and the Castaways
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Tarzan and the Castaways is a collection of stories written by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the twenty-fourth in his series of books about the title character Tarzan. In addition to the title novella, it includes two Tarzan short stories. Of the three pieces, “Tarzan and the Jungle Murders” was written first, in January, 1939. It was first published in the magazine Thrilling Adventures in the issue for June, 1940. “Tarzan and the Champion” was written in July, 1939, and first published in Blue Book Magazine in the issue for April, 1940. “The Quest of Tarzan” was begun in November, 1940 and first published in the magazine Argosy Weekly as a three-part serial in the issues for August 23, August 30, and September 6, 1941. The three stories were gathered together and first published in book form in hardcover by Canaveral Press in 1965. At that time “The Quest of Tarzan” was retitled “Tarzan and the Castaways” to avoid confusion with the earlier Tarzan novel Tarzan’s Quest. The first paperback edition was issued by Ballantine Books in July, 1965. “Tarzan and the Castaways” (originally entitled “The Quest of Tarzan”). Tarzan is stranded on a Pacific island inhabited by the remnant of a lost Mayan civilization. “Tarzan and the Champion”. Tarzan, his monkey friend Nkima, and Chief Muviro and his faithful Waziri warriors confront an American prize fighter who has come to Africa to hunt the wildlife. “Tarzan and the Jungle Murders”. Tarzan applies his jungle lore to solving a mystery.