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Did the writer of the original version of Tarzan ever say if he was inspired by Kipling's Jungle Book?

While there are a number of differences between the 2, the main story - boy raised by animals in a jungle, learns to communicate with these animals and serves as there protector - is remarkably similar.

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    Some clarification: The creator of Tarzan was Edgar Rice Burroughs, who published Tarzan of the Apes in 1912, some 18 years after Rudyard Kipling published The Jungle Book. A quick Google brings up stories about Burroughs both admitting and denying Jungle Book as his inspiration, so maybe someone who's read up on Tarzan has an authoritative response. – jeffronicus Dec 11 '18 at 16:06
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    Burroughs was often heavily inspired by other writers. His novel The Mad King is for instance a clear ripoff of The Prisoner of Zenda, and A Princess of Mars leans a lot on Edwin Arnold's Gulliver of Mars. So I think it is likley that Tarzan of the Apes was influenced by The Jungle Book. – Klaus Æ. Mogensen Dec 11 '18 at 16:15
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    Yes, but Tarzan has no cross-dressing bears! (Oops, think I just revealed that I've only seen the Disney animated movie...). – RDFozz Dec 11 '18 at 16:32
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    When asked if he liked Kipling, Burroughs answered "I don't know,. I've never kippled, before." – Verdan Dec 11 '18 at 19:02
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    "Raised by animals" dates back to Romulus and Remus or even earlier. While it's entirely possible that The Jungle Book was Burroughs' direct inspiration, both stories were drawing on long established tropes. – Arcanist Lupus Dec 11 '18 at 20:43

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