Arabian Nights, Volume 1: The Marvels and Wonders of the Thousand and One NightsPaperback Signet Classics
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- Publisher: Signet
- Format: Paperback | 596 pages
- Dimensions: 102mm x 170mm x 36mm | 204g
- Publication date: 3 July 2007
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0451530594
- ISBN 13: 9780451530592
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Sales rank: 178,633
Bawdy and exotic, "Arabian Nights, " feature the wily, seductive Scheherazade, who saves her own life by telling tales of magical transformation, genies and wishes, flying carpets and fantastical journeys, terror and passion to entertain and appease the brutal King Shahryar. First introduced in the West in 1704, the stories of "The Thousand and One Nights" are most familiar to American readers in sanitized children's versions. This modern edition, based on Richard F. Burton's unexpurgated translation, restores the sensuality and lushness of the original Arabic. Here are the famous adventures of Sindbad, "All Baba and the Forty Thieves, " and "Aladdin and the Magic Lamp." Here too are less familiar stories, such as "Prince Behram and the Princess Al-Datma, " a delightful early version of "The Taming of the Shrew, " and "The Wily Dalilah and her Daughter Zaynab, " a hilarious tale about two crafty women who put an entire city of men in their place. Intricate and imaginative, these stories-within-stories told over a thousand and one nights continue to captivate readers as they have for centuries.
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Sir Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890) was a gifted linguist, a daring explorer, a prolific author, and one of the most flamboyant celebrities of his day. Forced to leave Oxford for unruly behavior, he joined the British Army in India, where he gained a remarkable knowledge of Arabic, Hindustani, and Persian, eventually acquiring twenty-nine languages and many dialects. He led the famed expedition to discover the source of the Nile and, disguised as a Muslim, made a pilgrimage to the city of Mecca, then forbidden to non-Muslims, and penetrated the sacred city of Harare in uncharted East Africa. Burton translated unexpurgated versions of many famous texts including the "Kama Sutra "(1883) and "Arabian Nights "(1885-88), which is perhaps his most celebrated achievement. Daniel Beaumont is an associate professor of Arabic language and literature at the University of Rochester and the author of "Slave of Desire," a critical study of the "Arabian Nights." He is also a teacher and scholar of the blues. Jack Zipes is a professor of German at the University of Minnesota. The author of several books on fairy tales, including "Don't Bet on the Prince, Fairy Tales and the Art of Subversion," and "Breaking the Magic Spell," he is the editor and translator of "The Complete Tales of the Brothers Grimm "and the editor of Signet Classics's "The Complete Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde."