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Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica

Discover The History Of Tarzan Today At Santa Monica History Museum

Local author Scott Tracy Griffin.
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Local author Scott Tracy Griffin.

Posted Jan. 26, 2014, 9:23 am

Mitch James / Mirror Contributor

The Santa Monica History Museum will host a lecture and book signing today, Jan. 26 from 2 pm to 4 pm featuring author Scott Tracy Griffin on his book "Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration."

Doors open at 1 pm and parking is available in the adjacent parking garage.

Griffin is the 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.

"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.

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.

The Santa Monica History Museum is located at 1350 7th Street, Santa Monica.

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