Tarzan and the Forbidden City

Tarzan and the Forbidden City is a novel by American writer Edgar Rice Burroughs, the twentieth in his series of books about the title character Tarzan.

Tarzan and the Forbidden City
Dust-jacket illustration of Tarzan and the Forbidden City
AuthorEdgar Rice Burroughs
IllustratorJohn Coleman Burroughs
CountryUnited States
SeriesTarzan series
PublisherEdgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardback)
Preceded byTarzan's Quest 
Followed byTarzan the Magnificent 

Plot summary

A young man named Brian Gregory has disappeared in Africa, looking for the fabled Father of Diamonds; his father and sister want to go rescue him, and they can only enlist Tarzan's help because they know Captain Paul D`Arnot. By chance, Tarzan and Brian are lookalike, thus making some vile scoundrels to think Tarzan is Brian. They are also heading out after the big old diamond.
The Forbidden city is again in a secret valley, with two cities Ashair and Thobos in war, because of the Father of Diamonds. Tarzan has to fight many times against different foes, once even a mansize unicorn seahorse!

Media adaptations

The book has been adapted into the radio series Tarzan and the Diamond of Ashair'', and the comic form by Gold Key Comics in Tarzan nos. 190-191, dated October–November 1970, with a script by Gaylord DuBois and art by Paul Norris and Nat Edson.

It was also the basis for an episode of the Filmation Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle animated cartoon in 1976, and an episode of Tarzan: The Epic Adventures in 1997.


  • Bleiler, Everett (1948). The Checklist of Fantastic Literature. Chicago: Shasta Publishers. p. 67.
Preceded by
Tarzan's Quest
Tarzan series
Tarzan and the Forbidden City
Succeeded by
Tarzan the Magnificent
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