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A medieval Middle-Eastern literary epic which tells the story of Scheherazade, a Sassanid Queen, who must relate a series of stories to her malevolent husband, the King, to delay her execution.
The stories are told over a period of one thousand and one nights, and every night she ends the story with a suspenseful situation, forcing the King to keep her alive for another day. The individual stories were created over many centuries, by many people and in many styles, and they have become famous in their own right.
The Arabian Nights include fairy tales, fables, romances, farces, legends, and parables.
They have existed for thousands of years, consisting of tales told in Persia, Arabia, India and Asia. The Arabian Nights (also known as The 1001 Arabian Nights) have inspired writers the world over. There are versions of these stories in many languages and they all convey the great sense of adventure, truth, fantastic imagination, justice, and faith embodied by the great civilizations that contributed stories and ideas to the collection.
These are versions translated by Andrew Lang in 1897.
The Andrew Lang Version (published in 1897):
INTRODUCTION BY ANDREW LANG
THE ARABIAN NIGHTS PROLOGUE
THE STORY OF THE MERCHANT AND THE GENIE
THE STORY OF THE FIRST OLD MAN AND OF THE HIND
THE STORY OF THE SECOND OLD MAN, AND OF THE TWO BLACK DOGS
THE STORY OF THE FISHERMAN
THE STORY OF THE GREEK KING AND THE PHYSICIAN DOUBAN
THE STORY OF THE HUSBAND AND THE PARROT
THE STORY OF THE VIZIR WHO WAS PUNISHED
THE STORY OF THE YOUNG KING OF THE BLACK ISLES
STORY OF THE THREE KALENDARS, SONS OF KINGS, AND OF FIVE LADIES OF BAGHDAD
THE STORY OF THE FIRST KALENDAR, SON OF A KING
THE STORY OF THE SECOND KALENDAR, SON OF A KING
THE STORY OF THE ENVIOUS MAN AND OF HIM WHO WAS ENVIED
STORY OF THE THIRD KALENDAR, SON OF A KING
THE SEVEN VOYAGES OF SINDBAD THE SAILOR
THE FIRST VOYAGE OF SINBAD THE SAILOR
THE SECOND VOYAGE OF SINBAD THE SAILOR
THE THIRD VOYAGE OF SINBAD THE SAILOR
THE FOURTH VOYAGE OF SINBAD THE SAILOR
THE FIFTH VOYAGE OF SINBAD THE SAILOR
THE SIXTH VOYAGE OF SINBAD THE SAILOR
THE SEVENTH AND LAST VOYAGE OF SINBAD THE SAILOR
THE LITTLE HUNCHBACK
STORY OF THE BARBER'S FIFTH BROTHER
THE STORY OF THE BARBER'S SIXTH BROTHER
THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE CAMARALZAMAN AND THE PRINCESS BADOURA
NOUREDDIN AND THE FAIR PERSIAN
ALADDIN AND THE WONDERFUL LAMP
THE ADVENTURES OF HAROUN-AL-RASCHID, CALIPH OF BAGHDAD
THE STORY OF THE BLIND BABA-ABDALLA
THE STORY OF SIDI-NOUMAN
STORY OF ALI COLIA, MERCHANT OF BAGHDAD
THE ENCHANTED HORSE
THE STORY OF TWO SISTERS WHO WERE JEALOUS OF THEIR YOUNGER SISTER
New Arabian Nights by Robert Louis Stevenson, first published in 1882, is a collection of short stories previously published in magazines between 1877 and 1880.
The collection contains Stevenson's first published fiction, and a few of the stories are considered by some critics to be his best work, as well as pioneering works in the English short story tradition.
The first volume contains seven stories originally called Later-day Arabian Nights and published by London Magazine in serial format from June to October 1878. It is composed of two story groups, or cycles:
"The Suicide Club"
"The Rajah's Diamond"
The second volume is a collection of four unconnected (standalone) stories that were previously published in magazines:
"The Pavilion on the Links" (1880), told in 9 mini-chapters
"A Lodging for the Night" (1877)
"The Sire De Malétroits Door" (1877)
"Providence and the Guitar" (1878)