The Arabian Nights by AnonymousThe tales of told by Shahrazad over a thousand and one nights to delay her execution by the vengeful King Shahriyar have become among the most popular in both Eastern and Western literature, as recounted by Sir Francis Burton. From the epic adventures of Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp to the farcical Young Woman and her Five Lovers and the social criticism of The Tale of the Hunchback, the stories depict a fabulous world of all-powerful sorcerers, jinns imprisoned in bottles and enchanting princesses. But despite their imaginative extravagance, the Tales are anchored to everyday life by their realism, providing a full and intimate record of medieval Islam.
The Thousand and One Nights
The work was collected over many centuries by various authors, translators, and scholars across West, Central, and South Asia and North Africa. The tales themselves trace their roots back to ancient and medieval Arabic, Persian, Mesopotamian, Indian, and Egyptian folklore and literature. A Thousand Tales which in turn relied partly on Indian elements. The stories proceed from this original tale; some are framed within other tales, while others begin and end of their own accord. Some editions contain only a few hundred nights, while others include 1, or more. The bulk of the text is in prose, although verse is occasionally used for songs and riddles and to express heightened emotion.
The frame story that holds all the tales of The Thousand and One Nights together feels more like horror than anything else. In it King Shahrayar, after discovering that his wife has been unfaithful to him, resolves to marry a new woman each day, spend the night with her, and kill her in the morning. This homicidal arrangement continues until he marries Shahrazad Scheherazade , who has a plan to rescue the kingdom from the king. Each night she tells Shahrayar a story. These are invariably cut short when dawn arrives, and the king, not wanting to miss the ending, allows Shahrazad to live and continue the story the next night. After 1, nights he gives up his plan.
This frame story for the entirety of the work is the common thread between each edition of Nights. Shahryar is a king who rules over India and China. Shahryar marries and executes several virgins, each on the morning after they are married. The king postpones her execution to find out the end of the story. The next night she finishes her story but begins a new one, and Shahryar postpones her execution again.
A Haunted House
It is often known in English as the Arabian Nights , from the first English-language edition c. The work was collected over many centuries by various authors, translators, and scholars across West, Central, and South Asia and North Africa. Some tales themselves trace their roots back to ancient and medieval Arabic , Persian , Indian , Greek , Jewish and Turkish  folklore and literature. A Thousand Tales , which in turn relied partly on Indian elements. The stories proceed from this original tale; some are framed within other tales, while others are self-contained. Some editions contain only a few hundred nights, while others include 1, or more.
Burton's first ten volumes—which he called The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night —were published in His Supplemental Nights were published between and as six volumes. Later pirate copies split the very large third volume into two volumes. The material in the first two of the six supplemental volumes are the Arabic tales originally included in the John Payne translation. They are mostly taken from the Breslau edition and the Calcutta fragment. In the remainder of this volume W.
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