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Re: The Thousand and One Nights

Joe McWilliams

The One Thousand and One Nights also loomed large in my childhood, read to us by our mother. Years later I encountered a compelling and complicated adventurer called Richard Francis Burton in PJ Farmer's 'To Their Scattered Bodies Go.' Wanting to know more, I found Fawn Brodie's excellent 'The Devil Drives'. Burton claimed to have learned as many as 30 languages, failed to find the source of the Nile, posed as an Arab to enter Mecca... what a guy.
I must read more by Ms. Brodie. I have a soft spot for apostate Mormons......

On Tue Feb 6, Bob Bridges wrote
>Christo's post about the Barmecide feast is gone now, but it got me thinking.  I was a big fan of the One Thousand and One Nights when I was a teenager; I'd found an old copy of the 1850 translation by Richard Burton ("British explorer, geographer, translator, writer, soldier, orientalist, cartographer, ethnologist, spy, linguist, poet, fencer, and diplomat") and read it more than once.  I now have a link to the same translation by the Gutenberg project, which I started rereading a while ago.

>I don't recall a Barmecide, though.  Must be further on.

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