The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights

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Sir Richard Francis Burton
Modern Library, 2001 - Fiction - 872 pages
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Full of mischief, valor, ribaldry, and romance, The Arabian Nights has enthralled readers for centuries. These are the tales that saved the life of Shahrazad, whose husband, the king, executed each of his wives after a single night of marriage. Beginning an enchanting story each evening, Shahrazad always withheld the ending: A thousand and one nights later, her life was spared forever.

This volume reproduces the 1932 Modern Library edition, for which Bennett A. Cerf chose the most famous and representative stories from Sir Richard F. Burton's multivolume translation, and includes Burton's extensive and acclaimed explanatory notes. These tales, including Alaeddin; or, the Wonderful Lamp, Sinbad the Seaman and Sinbad the Landsman, and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, have entered into the popular imagination, demonstrating that Shahrazad's spell remains unbroken.

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Review: The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights (The Arabian Nights or Tales from 1001 Nights #1-3)

User Review  - Ali - Goodreads

[As I have not read the Nights yet, this is not a commentary on them, but rather a comparison of the many translations available. This used to be a comment on my not-yet-review of the first volume of ... Read full review

Review: The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights (The Arabian Nights or Tales from 1001 Nights #1-3)

User Review  - Shovelmonkey1 - Goodreads

Having just re-read this book i'm reminded how the flowery wording and a hint of "eastern promise" manages to white wash over the actual issues of the story. Sheharezade is actually technically being ... Read full review

About the author (2001)

A. S. Byatt is the author of The Biographer's Tale, Elementals, and the Booker Prize winning novel Possession, among other books. She lives in London.

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