Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Lagniappe — Rudyard Kipling on Edgar Rice Burroughs

Another, and perhaps more surprising, author going on the record about Edgar Rice Burroughs. I like his generous attitude.
My Jungle Books begat zoos of [imitators]. But the genius of all the genii was one who wrote a series called Tarzan of the Apes. I read it, but regret I never saw it on the films, where it rages ost successfully. He had "jazzed" the motif of the Jungle Books and, I imagine, had thoroughly enjoyed himself. He was reported to have said that he wanted to find out how bad a book he could write and "get away with," which is a legitimate ambition.
Rudyard Kipling

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