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Is nothing sacred, even Tarzan?

Coming to a bookstore near you on September 18. I can hardly not wait:

LOS ANGELES, CA–(Marketwire – Jul 10, 2012) – When it comes to writing groundbreaking historical fiction, Robin Maxwell ( isn’t one to monkey around. Acclaimed for her “electrifying prose,” (Publishers Weekly), the bestselling author relishes exposing the shocking secrets of history’s most iconic figures: Henry VIII’s impotence, “Virgin” Queen Elizabeth I’s bastard son, and Leonardo da Vinci hoaxing the Shroud of Turin. The genre-jumping JANE: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan is no exception.

Authorized by the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate and the first of the Tarzan series in 100 years to be written by a woman, it peers between the vines to retell the legendary classic through Jane’s eyes. The Cambridge-educated paleoanthropologist — on a quest for Darwin’s “missing link” in human evolution — finds herself stranded far from civilization in an African Eden, circa 1905, with a majestic, nearly-naked wildman who believes he is an ape. Her greatest discovery is not a pile of ancient bones, but romance, high adventure and primordial sexual instincts.

“Finally an honest portrayal of the only woman of whom I have been really, really jealous,” says Jane Goodall of Maxwell’s novel. Reading the Tarzan books as a girl, the world’s foremost primatologist felt she’d have made a better mate for the ape-man than ERB’s Jane. “What a wonderful idea to write this book. Now I am jealous all over again!”

To better understand Robin Maxwell we need to go back to an interview with her that I mentioned in this blog back in February 2009. See Author Interview with Robin Maxwell of Signora da Vinci

. . . Like most people, I knew Leonardo was an amazing artist, anatomist and inventor (I’d been to one of the exhibits that display the inventions — flying machines and hydraulic systems to name a few) — that he’d created and that modern engineers executed. But I’d had no idea that he was a brilliant philosopher, an atheist who first and foremost worshipped nature; a vegetarian (at a time when such a thing was considered heretical); at different times in his life bisexual, homosexual and asexual; that he was publicly and excruciatingly tried for the crime of "sodomy"; and that he was probably a prime mover behind the Shroud of Turin hoax.

And now, Tarzan.

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