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Tales from the Thousand and One Nights

Anonymous - Author

N. J. Dawood - Translator

William Harvey - Illustrator

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ISBN 9780140442892 | 416 pages | 30 Aug 1973 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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The tales told be 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. From the epic adventures of 'Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp' and 'Sinbad the Sailor' 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 sorcerors, jinns imprisoned in bottles and enchanting princesses. But despite their imaginative extravagance, the Tales from the Thousand and One Nights are also anchored to everyday life by their bawdiness and realism, providing a full and intimate record of the medieval Eastern world.

In this selection, N.J. Dawood presents the reader with an unexpurgated translation of the finest and best-known tales, preserving their spirited narrative style in lively modern English. In his introduction he discusses their origins in the East and their differences from Classical Arabic literature, and examines English translations of the tales since the eighteenth century.

Tales from the Thousand and One Nights Introduction
Invocation
Prologue
The Tale of King Shahriyar and his Brother Shahzaman
The Fable of the Donkey, the Ox, and the Farmer

The Tale of the Hunchback
The Tailor's Tale
The Tale of the Lame Young Man and the Barber of Baghdad
The Barber's Tale
The Tale of Bakbook, the Barber's First Brother
The Tale of Al-Haddar, the Barber's Second Brother
The Tale of Bakbak, the Barber's Third Brother
The Tale of Al-Kuz, the Barber's Fourth Brother
The Tale of Shakashik, the Barber's Sixth Brother

The Donkey

The Fisherman and the Jinnee
The Tale of King Yunan and Duban the Doctor
The Tale of King Sindbad and the Falcon
The Tale of the Enchanted King

The Young Woman and Her Five Lovers

Sindbad the Sailor and Sindbad the Porter
The First Voyage of Sindbad the Sailor
The Second Voyage of Sindbad the Sailor
The Third Voyage of Sindbad the Sailor
The Fourth Voyage of Sindbad the Sailor
The Fifth Voyage of Sindbad the Sailor
The Sixth Voyage of Sindbad the Sailor
The Last Voyage of Sindbad the Sailor

The Historic Fart

Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp

The Tale of Kafur the Black Eunuch

The Porter and the Three Girls of Baghdad
The Tale of the First Dervish
The Tale of the Second Dervish
The Tale of the Third Dervish
The Tale of the First Girl
The Tale of the Second Girl

The Tale of Khalifah the Fisherman

The Dream

The Tale of Judar and His Brothers

The Tale of Ma'Aruf the Cobbler

Epilogue