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Lang, Andrew

The Arabian Nights Entertainments (1898)

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"The Arabian Nights," some of which, but not nearly all, are given in this volume, are fairy tales of the East. The people of Asia, Arabia, and Persia told them in their own way, not for children, but for grown-up people. There were no novels then, nor any printed books, of course, but there were people whose profession it was to amuse men and women by telling tales.

In this book "The Arabian Nights" are translated from the French version of Monsieur Galland, who dropped out the poetry and a great deal of what the Arabian authors thought funny, though it seems wearisome to us. In this book the stories are shortened here and there, and omissions are made of pieces only suitable for Arabs and old gentlemen.


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