Tarzan and the Madman is a novel by American writer Edgar Rice Burroughs, the twenty-third in his series of twenty-four books about the title character Tarzan. Written from January to February 1940, the story was never published in Burroughs' lifetime.[2][3] The book was first published in hardcover by Canaveral Press in June 1964, and in paperback by Ballantine Books in February 1965.[3][4][5]

Tarzan and the Madman
Dust-jacket illustration of Tarzan and the Madman
AuthorEdgar Rice Burroughs
IllustratorReed Crandall
Cover artistReed Crandall
SeriesTarzan series
PublisherCanaveral Press
Publication date
June 15, 1964[1]
Publication placeUnited States
Media typePrint (hardback)
Preceded byTarzan and the Foreign Legion 
Followed byTarzan and the Castaways 

Plot summary


Tarzan tracks down a man who has been mistaken for him. The man is under the delusion that he is Tarzan, and he is living in a lost city inhabited by people descended from early Portuguese explorers. The plot devices of a lost city and a Tarzan "double" or impostor had been used by Burroughs in some previous Tarzan novels.


  1. ^ "Books—Authors". The New York Times: 34. June 4, 1964.
  2. ^ Edgar Rice Burroughs Summary Project page for Tarzan and the Madman
  3. ^ a b ERB C.H.A.S.E.R ENCYCLOPEDIA for Tarzan and the Madman
  4. ^ Tarzan and the Madman title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
  5. ^ Chalker, Jack L.; Mark Owings (1998). The Science-Fantasy Publishers: A Bibliographic History, 1923-1998. Westminster, MD and Baltimore: Mirage Press, Ltd. p. 133.
Preceded by Tarzan series
Tarzan and the Madman
Succeeded by