Alan Hanson Comments ERB-APA #12: A Reply

In ERB-APA #10 you gave your perspective of Tarzan's world.  I may have not understood you correctly, but the way I took it you are saying Tarzan's world is in a world other than our own. Another dimension?  An "isocosm" is how William Rennagel put it Erbania #39.  Please correct me on this if I am wrong.

Back in ERB-APA #8 I pointed out that this was very much a possibility, but that I would approach the subject based on the fact that Tarzan lived in our world, as I feel most people prefer. The way I view the Burroughs universe is how I  view any other piece of fiction, rather it be book, movie, or TV show.  Sure it is fiction, but fundamentally it still takes place in the real world. Therefore, just for fun mind you, I chronologize the fictional Tarzan series just like they were nonfiction.  Yes.  Everything Burroughs wrote happened in this world.

Also, in ERB-APA #10, you make the statement, "there is no real way to reconcile the dates of Tarzan Of The Apes with Korak's service in W,W, I."  I can not agree with you here, and as my articles continue in future issues of the ERB-APA I hope they change your mind.  Naturally you may not agree with my premise, but I am going to show you chronologically how it is possible.

By the way.  Does your research conclude that you have to reject automobiles in Tarzan Of The Apes, or are you taking someone else's research for granted?  The reason I ask is because my research does not draw that conclusion.  I have been playing with your provided chronology dates, but so far I have been unable to form a chronology with Tarzan being twenty years old when the lunar eclipse occurs in Jungle Tales Of Tarzan.  Please give us a more detailed account in a future paper.

In ERB-APA #11 you made the statement, "I don't believe that ERB was careful  not to give an exact date. Its just that he was writing fiction and giving an exact date was not important."  Which Edgar Rice Burroughs are you talking about?  As you know I believe that there is more than one, Tarzine #39.  There are three to be exact.

If you are talking about Edgar Rice Burroughs, the author, I agree, but that is not who my article is about.  I still contend that Edgar Rice Burroughs, the narrator, is protecting the privacy of the Clayton family, and that the 1888 Greystoke sailing date, and modernization descriptions, are intended efforts on his part to do just that.

James Michael Moody