THE ARABIAN NIGHTS by Amabel Williams-Ellis
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To the lover of wisdom and imagination it would seem as impossible to have too many editions of The Arabian Nights as it would seem for the miser to have too much gold. All he asks is that with each new edition some new treasure be uncovered, and from a work with the scope of these tales, a new richness is always forthcoming. Amabel Williams-Ellis has, in this new edition, presented some unfamiliar stories and has also tried to strip the old ones of the nineteenth century conceits which cling to them without embellishing. Becomingly illustrated by Pauline Diana Baynes in the manner of the classical Persians, and appendixed with notes and suggestions for games, food, and drink of an Arabian motif, this new edition does not invalidate the older ones, but does contribute to the overall tradition of these very beautiful stories.

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1958
Publisher: Criterion