The Arabian Nights
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Arabian Nights by Muhsin Mahdi
Book DescriptionFew works of literature are as familiar and beloved as The Arabian Nights. Yet few remain also as unknown. In English, The Arabian Nights is a literary work of relatively recent date-the first versions of the tales appeared in English barely two hundred years ago. The tales are accompanied by a preface, a note on the text, and explanatory annotations. "Contexts" presents three of the oldest witnesses to The Arabian Nights in the Arabic tradition, together in English for the first time: an anonymous ninth-century fragment, Al Mas'udi's Muruj al-Dhahab, and Ibn al-Nadim's The Fihrist. Also included are three related works by the nineteenth- and twentieth-century writers Edgar Allan Poe, Marcel Proust, and Taha Husayn. "Criticism" collects eleven wide-ranging essays on The Arabian Nights' central themes by Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Josef Horovitz, Jorge Luis Borges, Francesco Gabrieli, Mia Irene Gerhardt, Tzvetan Todorov, Andras Hamori, Heinz Grotzfield, Jerome W. Clinton, Abdelfattah Kilito, and David Pinault. A Chronology of The Arabian Nights and a Selected Bibliography are also included.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780393928082
(213mm x 132mm x 30mm)
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 5-Mar-2010
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Muhsin Mahdi
Husain Haddawy was born and grew up in Baghdad, taught English and comparative literature at various American universities, wrote art criticism, and is now living in retirement in Thailand. Daniel Heller-Roazen is the Arthur W. Marks '19 Professor of Comparative Literature and the Council of the Humanities at Princeton University. He is the author of The Enemy of All: Piracy and the Law of Nations; The Inner Touch: Archaeology of a Sensation, awarded the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literature Studies in 2008; Echolalias: On the Forgetting of Language; and Fortune's Faces: The Roman de la Rose and the Poetics of Contingency. He has published articles on classical, medieval, and modern literature and philosophy and has edited, translated, and introduced Giorgio Agamben's Potentialities: Collected Essays in Philosophy. Heller-Roazen's books have been translated into many languages.
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