Arabian Nights Entertainments

Paperback | June 28, 2009

EditorRobert L. Mack

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No other edition offers extensive textual apparatus such as explanatory notes, plot summaries, particularly vital as stories are complex and interwoven. The Sultan Schahriar's misguided resolution to shelter himself from the possible infidelities on his wives leads to an outbreak of barbarity in his kingdoms and a reign of terror in his court, stopped only by the resourceful Scheherazade. The tales with which Scheherazade nightly postpones themuderous intent of the sultan have entered our language and our lives like no other collection of narratives before or since. Sinbad, Aladdin, Ali Baba: all make their spectacular entrance on to the stage of English literary history in the Arabian Nights Entertainments (1704-17). The storiescontained in this `store house of ingenious fiction' initiate a pattern of literary reference and influence which today remains as powerful and intense as it was throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This edition reproduces in its entirety the earliest English translation of the French orientalist Antoine Galland's Mille et une Nuits. This remained for over a century the only English translation of the story cycle, influencing an incalculable number of writers, and no other edition offers thecomplete text supplemented by full textual apparatus.

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No other edition offers extensive textual apparatus such as explanatory notes, plot summaries, particularly vital as stories are complex and interwoven. The Sultan Schahriar's misguided resolution to shelter himself from the possible infidelities on his wives leads to an outbreak of barbarity in his kingdoms and a reign of terror in h...

Robert Mack is Assistant Professor of English at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. He is also the editor of Oriental Tales in World's Classics.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:976 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 1.72 inPublished:June 28, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199555877

ISBN - 13:9780199555871

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AcknowledgementsIntroductionNote on the TextSelect BibliographyA Select Chronology of the Life of Antoine Galland and the Appearance of the Arabian Nights' Entertainments in EuropeArabian Nights' EntertainmentsAppendix I: Principal Place Names in the Arabian Nights' EntertainmentsAppendix II: Plot SummariesExplanatory NotesIndex of Tales and Proper Names