Long ago, I recorded these (now public domain) books for a sweetheart. I told her that, when I was a little boy, my father used to read me bedtime stories when he was not out at an acting job†. She said she would love to have bedtime stories read to her. She also said she had always wanted to read Tarzan Of The Apes. In that time, I lived where it was warm and sunny and she lived in the frozen north country. I decided to read her some bedtime stories. Every once in a great while, you might hear a side comment for her. What can I say? I was in love. The rest is all reading from the book. The sweetheart is long gone but the books remain as a lasting testament to the Power Of Love.
† Being a celebrated radio actor, my father would travel the New York subways to the basement of a skyscraper. He would take the elevator up to the floor with the radio broadcasting (live radio!) studio. As he entered, the director would say something like, “Hi Bill. You have four this evening.” The director would hand my dad a marked up script with four different roles for him to play, all with different voices. After the broadcast, my father would ride the elevator down, and take the subway to the next skyscraper with another live radio studio in it. Two, three or even four acting jobs in one night! So when my father read to me, he would switch voices for every character in the story he was reading.
Edgar Rice Burroughs and Joan Grant just might be the greatest story-tellers of all time.
I hope you like these two classic books.—Sherman
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Like millions of other readers and moviegoers, as a youngster, the late Robert W. Fenton loved swinging through the jungle with Tarzan. As an adult his interest was revived when he bought Tarzan creator Edgar Rice Burroughs' original office-estate in Tarzana, California, and began writing a biography of Burroughs.
Burroughs' early years were far from promising. He was dropped from school, was undistinguished as a cavalryman at Fort Grant, lost out in gold mining, and had little success as a salesman. He knew nothing about writing, but decided to try it anyway—and created Tarzan, one of the most famous characters of all time.
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“I was conceived in the Blue Grotto at Capri in June 1906,” begins Joan Grant’s autobi-ography.
A fascinating, even breath-taking, account of a woman born with second sight and far memory, who, as a spirited child, believed these were abilities ALL the grown-ups in her Edwardian upbringing shared—but did not speak about—in polite society.
Having learned to disown her psychic abilities, Joan emerges perplexed and rebellious from the arms of her eccentric, yet very conventional family, de-termined to do what she can to heal the world.
She suffers heartbreak, finds friendship and marriage, rebels against the traditional role of women, and, in her late twen-ties, decides she must honor her unusual gifts despite her discomfort at being “different.”
The result was the publication of Winged Pharaoh in 1937 and a life ahead as a celebrated author, renowned for her wis-dom and the very psychic insights she had found it so hard to accept.
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