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The Arabian Nights: Their Best-Known Tales (edition 1993)

by Kate Douglas Wiggin

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Title:The Arabian Nights: Their Best-Known Tales
Authors:Kate Douglas Wiggin
Info:Atheneum (1993), Hardcover, 368 pages
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"This edition, the work of Kate Douglas Wiggin, is based on two previous English translations of two different Arabic texts. Both translators revised, rearranged, and abridged their versions, and one was just beginning his study of Arabic." -- page viii
  mandojoe | May 8, 2017 |
I tried. Couldn't get into it. So I'm moving on. There are too many books in the world to stay stuck with one you don't like.
  LauraCerone | May 26, 2016 |
This is a very nice edition of stories retold from the Arabian Nights canon written for middle grades and older and illustrated with Maxfield Parrish color plates from the 1909 edition. There were several stories that I did not read as a child/pre-teen and a couple that I have not yet encountered in the Burton version that I have also been reading off and on. I enjoyed Wiggin's selection and think it would be a good introduction for anyone. Recommended.
  hailelib | Apr 4, 2014 |
The Arabian nights is on my literary bucket list. This selection marked the start of this considerable effort. From what I can determine, these tales are all dealing with treasure, revenge, poor somewhat evil spirits punished by King Soloman (and stuffed into jars, lamps, cans, Tupperware and all number of containers), magical transportation, etc. Who knew these stories were so... so religious? ( )
  Sandydog1 | Nov 29, 2013 |
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Kate Douglas Wigginprimary authorall editionscalculated
Parrish, MaxfieldIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Helprin, MarkIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Parrish, MaxfieldIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Zwarenstein, AlexCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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(Preface by Kate Douglas Wiggin): Little excuse is needed, perhaps, for any fresh selection from the famous "Tales of a Thousand and One Nights," provided it be representative enough, and worthy enough, to enlist a new army of youthful readers.
There was an emperor of Persia named Kosrouschah, who, when he first camet to his crown, in order to obtain a knowledge of affairs, took great pleasure in night excursions, attended by a trusty minister.
(Introduction by Helprin) The book you hold in your hand may be more of a mystery than you think.
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This is The Scribner Illustrated Classics version, edited by Kate Douglas Wiggin and illustrated by Maxfield Parrish. Please DO NOT combine with other abridgements 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 abridgements with single volumes or complete sets. 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.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0684195895, Hardcover)

For nearly a century, Scribner has exemplified the very best in publishing by pairing classic texts with the illustrative giants of the time, such as N. C. Wyeth and Maxfield Parrish. With the same commitment to the high standards established by the series' founders, Atheneum Books for Young Readers is expanding the Scribner Illustrated Classics line over the next several years to include such modern-day classics as Jack London's The Call of the Wild and White Fang, J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan, and The Stories of O. Henry, to be illustrated by some of the finest artists of our generation, including Wendell Minor, Ed Young, and Trina Schart Hyman.

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Ten stories from the Tales of a Thousand and One Nights, including the well-known ones of Aladdin and the lamp, Ali Baba and the forty thieves, and Sinbad the sailor.

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