The state Senate Transportation Committee's approval of a resolution calling for seven murals depicting the life of Tarzan on freeway underpass walls in Tarzana (Times, May 7) is a long overdue tribute to one of America's most widely read and influential writers.
Edgar Rice Burroughs' creation, Tarzan, is arguably the most famous fictional character of the 20th Century. Next year marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of the first Tarzan book, "Tarzan of the Apes," making the timing of these murals very apt indeed.
Burroughs has long been a victim of neglect by the literary establishment, most of whom judge him by the 50 or so films and countless comic adaptations based on his works without ever having actually read any of his books.
Hopefully, these murals will help lead to a re-examination of Burroughs and his works so that he may obtain the credit he is due and take a place beside other American literary greats like Jack London and Mark Twain.