Big news! LibraryThing is now free to all! Read the blog post and discuss the change on Talk.
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Tales from the Thousand and One Nights…

Tales from the Thousand and One Nights (Penguin Classics) (edition 1973)

by Anonymous

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
885816,800 (3.92)40
A selection of the tales told by Shahrazad in an attempt to save her life, including "The Young Woman and Her Five Lovers," "The Fisherman and the Jinnee," "The Historic Fart," and "The Tale of Kafur the Black Eunuch."
Title:Tales from the Thousand and One Nights (Penguin Classics)
Info:Penguin Classics (1973), Paperback, 416 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:arabian nights, middle eastern, fairy tales and folklore, penguin, thousand and one nights, sheherazade, 1001 nights, fairy tales folklore and mythology, bedroom library

Work details

The Thousand and One Nights by Anonymous


Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 40 mentions

Showing 1-5 of 8 (next | show all)
One thousand and one stories piles up to form Arabian Nights. The title itself sounds so magical and illusive with a genuine lesson to learn; Alibaba and Forty Thieves, Aladdin And many more are my favourites. This book was provided as a reference during my school days, but still it intrigues me and whenever I get time I rejoin myself into this piece.

An all time favourite. ( )
  kala.e.kitaabi | Nov 8, 2019 |
Who doesnt like epic tales of adventure and excitement. An absolute classic
  ghendel | Nov 28, 2018 |
I really enjoyed this collection of stories and the insight it offered to lands far far away I have only ever dreamed of, during a time of magic and wonderment. Even though the values are outdated and somewhat of the 'men are far superior and women are all whores' category, I still couldn't help but be fascinated by a world so different from my own. ( )
  crashmyparty | Sep 5, 2013 |
This is a compilation of tales of jinn and sorcerers and bold adventures come from India, Persia, Arabia, Egypt and Mesopotamia. They're framed as being told by Scheherazade, the newest bride of Shahryār, a ruler who after finding his first wife committed adultery had been killing a succession of wives after their wedding night. Scheherazade tells her husband a new tale every night, breaking off at dawn unfinished and thus postponing her execution another day. The entertainment continues for 1,001 nights, by the end of which Shahryār decides to spare her life. I remember as a child considering that frame tale romantic, of course as an adult I can only find Shahryār monstrous. But the tales themselves still enchant.

From what I can gather from the introduction and online sources, the genesis of this work is complex. The earliest versions with a small core of perhaps 200 stories derived from a collection of Persian fairy tales is thought to have first appeared in the early 8th century, with the earliest extant fragments of manuscript from the 9th century. Over the centuries stories were added to the core until they reached that number of 1,001. ("Complete" versions such as that by Sir Richard Francis Burton run to 10 volumes). But different editions have different stories included, different versions. The first European translation (into French) was in 1704, but it's thought the tales might have spread through Muslim Spain and influenced earlier works such as Boccaccio's Decameron and Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, both of which feature collections of tales within a frame.

This edition translated by Dawood is just a small selection of the most famous tales: "The Tale of the Hunchback," "The Donkey," "The Fisherman and the Jinnee," "The Young Woman and Her Five Lovers," "Sinbad the Sailor," "The Historic Fart" (Yes, really), "Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp," "The Tale of Kafur the Black Eunuch," "The Porter and the Three Girls of Baghdad," "The Tale of Khalifah the Fisherman," "The Dream," "The Tale of Judar and His Brothers," "The Tale of Ma'aruf the Cobbler." No "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" alas and also missing was the favorite tale of my childhood: "Abu Kir the Dyer and Abu Sir the Barber." Still, magical, readable translation, with a chance to see the source of the iconic Sindbad and Aladdin. What's not to love? ( )
3 vote LisaMaria_C | May 30, 2013 |
I had never read any versions of these stories except those which had been retold for children. Thus, even the tales of Sindbad and Aladdin were somewhat new to me. I've no way of knowing how this translation stacks up to others but I did find it easy and interesting to read. A good introduction to a classic of world literature and to the folklore and legends of the Arabic peoples.
1 vote hailelib | Oct 2, 2010 |
Showing 1-5 of 8 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors (5 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Anonymousprimary authorall editionscalculated
Dawood, N. J.Translatorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed

Belongs to Publisher Series

You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
It is related - but Allah alone is wise and all-knowing - that long ago there lived in the lands of India and China a Sassanid king who commanded great armies and had numerous courtiers, followers, and servants.
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
This is the Penguin Classics translation/abridgment by N. J. Dawood. Please DO NOT combine abridgments unless they have the same ISBN or you have confirmed they are exactly the same work with the same translator/editor. Please DO NOT combine abridgments with complete works. If you see abridgments and complete sets/editions combined together, please help by separating them. If in doubt, please DO NOT combine. Especially not when combining large numbers of copies. It takes a lot of time and effort to separate and recombine works.
Original (1954) title: The Thousand and One Nights; reissued (1957) as Aladdin and Other Tales; reprinted (1961) as The Thousand and One Nights; reissued with revisions (1973) as Tales From the Thousand and One Nights

Unfortunately the situation is more complicated and the information above is not accurate. The first Penguin Classics selection of stories from The Thousand and One Nights translated by N J Dawood was issued in 1955 as L64 under that title. It included the complete Prologue, The Hunchback, Sindbad and other tales. This selection had been issued previously in 1954 as an orange Penguin, No. 1001 in the Main Series.

The 1957 volume, L71, was a different selection: the title was Aladdin and Other Tales from the Thousand and One Nights and it included a condensed Prologue, The Tale of Judar and His Brothers, The Porter and the Three Girls of Baghdad, Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp and the Epilogue. I believe, but cannot confirm, that the Black Cover issue in 1973 combined the two earlier volumes.

It is clear that, as well as this mix-up, the editions entered under this heading are not all Penguin Classics but include collections from different translators and publishers. There is more work to do!
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (1)

No library descriptions found.

Book description
Haiku summary

Quick Links

Popular covers


Average: (3.92)
1 2
2 2
3 27
3.5 3
4 41
4.5 3
5 28

Penguin Australia

An edition of this book was published by Penguin Australia.

» Publisher information page

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 147,599,189 books! | Top bar: Always visible