Arabian Nights, in 16 volumes: Volume XIV, Volume 14
Cosimo, Inc., Dec 1, 2008 - Literary Collections - 328 pages
Notorious for the delight he took in tweaking the sexual taboos of the Victorian age-as well as the delight he took in the resulting shock of his bashful peers-British adventurer, linguist, and author CAPTAIN SIR RICHARD FRANCIS BURTON (1821-1890) is perhaps best remembered for his unexpurgated translation of the Eastern classic The One Thousand and One Nights, more famously known today as The Arabian Nights. Originating in Persian, Indian, and Arabic sources as far back as the ninth century AD, this collection of bawdy tales-which Burton was the first to bring to English readers in uncensored form-has exerted incalculable influence on modern literature. It represents one of the earliest examples of a framing story, as young Shahrazad, under threat of execution by the King, postpones her death by regaling him with these wildly entertaining stories over the course of 1,001 nights. The stories themselves feature early instances of sexual humor, satire and parody, murder mystery, horror, and even science fiction. Burton's annotated 16-volume collection, as infamous as it is important, was first published between 1885 and 1888, and remains an entertainingly naughty read. Volume XIV-the fourth volume of Burton's Supplemental Nights-includes: [ "Story of the Sultan of Al-Yaman and His Three Sons" [ "History of Mohammed, Sultan of Cairo" [ "Story of the Sage and the Scholar" [ "History of the Kazi Who Bare a Babe" [ "Tale of the Sultan and His Sons and the Enchanting Bird" [ "History of Abu Niyyah and Abu Niyyatayn" [ and more.
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