Arabian Tales - 1001 Nights

This is a digitally generated rendition of the original text published in 1885 by Sir Richard Francis Burton as:

"A Plain and Literal Translation of the Arabian Nights' Entertainments, Now Entitulated The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night,
With Introductory Explanatory Notes on the Manners and Customs of Moslem Men, and a Terminal Essay upon the History of the Nights"
volumes 1 to 10 and of the subsequent "Supplemental Nights" volumes 1 to 6 completed in 1888.

This version is modelled on a 1903 Burton Club edition and is as nearly as possible identical to it.
The omissions applied, are largely to passages in response to criticism of the day, now largely irrelevant

The extensive notes are of such a range that they would almost constitute a work by themselves. Through them transpires the depth of Burton's comprehension and affection for the Moslem and indeed Eastern world of that time, its language, its customs and of the fantasies that the tales engendered in the audience.

Controversy has surrounded this work, some due to censoriousness occasioned by descriptions of sexual encounters in the tales themselves - mild stuff by modern standards, some occasioned by Burton's hobbyhorse descriptions of sexual mores, diversities, and aberrations in his notes, and some raised by scholars who object to the flavour of the language which Burton's translation imposes on his characters, possibly feeling that it denotes a paternalistic imperialistic attitude.
It would be difficult to defend Burton from this accusation or indeed almost all britons of that day.
For the rest one can only observe that works of art have their own rules and it must be difficult to deny that this is such.

Notes on the material:
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The aim has been to reproduce the originals in printable form as nearly exact copies of the original.
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(Some page breaks are moved a few words forward or back on account of differences in editor character size and form in respect to original
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Print Version:
These are available from the link in the home page.
In these, volumes 11 and 12 are joined.
The supplier is Italian and so is the site.
A search box is available in the top right of the page. Entering "Burton Arabian" will show pages in which one may order the individual volumes.

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Armando Malagodi. - 2017 - -