The Arabian Nightsby unknown
"Fiction - S. F./Fantasy"|
|Year of Publication:||1850|
|Notes:||King Shahryar, discovering his wife’s unfaithfulness, kills her and her lovers. Then, loathing all women, he marries and kills a new wife each day. Scheherazade, the daughter of the king’s vizier, devises a plan to save the day. She marries the king and keeps him entertained by telling him stories, but leaving them incomplete and promising to finish them the following night. She does this for 1,001 nights until the king abandons his ways. There are many versions, most sanitized for children. Make sure your version includes (and that you at least read) the following:|
•Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
•Aladdin and the Magic Lamp
•Sinbad the Seaman
COMMENTS — The tales originated in India, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Turkey and possibly Greece and were passed on orally over the centuries. The translation I read was by Sir Richard Burton (1850).