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The 1,001 Arabian Nights

Scott Chamberlain "Historian and archaeologist"
The list author says: "The Arabian Nights has been a lifelong companion. I loved the stories as a kid, came to admire the ingenuity of the frame-story as an adult… and happily admit that I’ve long had a “literary crush” on Scheherazade (it’s all good… my wife has the hots for Mr. Darcy). Here’s a list of great and not-so-great translations, literary criticism, analysis and various retellings of favorite stories. Get set for an incredible magic carpet ride!"
The Arabian Nights (Everyman's Library)
The Arabian Nights (Everyman's Library)
"Hands down the best translation.  Vivid, magical and vibrant, it is also authoritative.  Great intro, too."
Sindbad: And Other Stories from the Arabian Nights (New Deluxe Edition)
Sindbad: And Other Stories from the Arabian Nights (New Deluxe Edition)
"Haddawy's equally wonderful second volume, with popular stories (Aladdin, Sindbad, Ali Baba) that were added to the Arabian Nights later on"
The Arabian Nights (Modern Library)
The Arabian Nights (Modern Library)
"Burton's translation was a milestone, and still has many admirers.  He does, however, tend to twist English into a nearly unrecognizable language...."
The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1,001 Nights: Volume 1 (Penguin Classics)
The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1,001 Nights: Volume 1 (Penguin Classics)
"An important new translation of the full Calcutta II manuscript, published by Penguin in 3 separate volumes."
The Book of the Thousand and One Nights (Volume 1-4)
The Book of the Thousand and One Nights (Volume 1-4)
"A very readable version of the full collection of tales, in a 4 vol. edition.  Its a translation/adaptation of a French version, so somewhat removed from the Arabic original, but a great read."
Tales from the Thousand and One Nights (Penguin Classics)
Tales from the Thousand and One Nights (Penguin Classics)
"One of the most important modern translations, its easier to read than Burton but lacks the sparkle of Haddawy."
Arabian Nights' Entertainments
Arabian Nights' Entertainments
"This translation was an early one that first introduced the English speaking world to the Nights.  Not a version to blow your socks off, but decent and it has a number of great "orphan tales" that purists don't translate."
The Arabian Nights: Their Best-Known Tales
The Arabian Nights: Their Best-Known Tales
"This is the version of the book (with spectacular illustrations!) that got me hooked as a kid.  Great for grade school readers with a sense of adventure."
The Arabian Nights (Illustrated Junior Library)
The Arabian Nights (Illustrated Junior Library)
"Another great version to hook young readers.  Nice black and white drawings add to the flavor."
Arabian Nights Illustrated: Art of Dulac, Folkard, Parrish and Others (Dover Fine Art, History of Art)
Arabian Nights Illustrated: Art of Dulac, Folkard, Parrish and Others (Dover Fine Art, History of Art)
"Great collection brings together some of the most famous illustrations done for various editions of the Nights."
The Thousand and One Nights
The Thousand and One Nights
"Mahdi's edition of the Arabic text is a marvel of modern scholarship.  Collected here are the (English) essays he included with his edition, which reflect his unparalleled understanding of the work."
The Arabian Nights: A Companion
The Arabian Nights: A Companion
"A great companion work, Irwin dives into the history of the stories, explores life in the medieval Arab world, looks at storytelling techniques and more."
The Arabian Nights and Orientalism: Perspectives from East and West
The Arabian Nights and Orientalism: Perspectives from East and West
"Modern critical analysis focusing on how the Nights influenced Western and, interestingly, Japanese culture."
Nocturnal Poetics: The Arabian Nights in Comparative Context
Nocturnal Poetics: The Arabian Nights in Comparative Context
"Important literary criticism of the Nights, pays particular attention to its ongoing relationship with the storytelling tradition, including modern writers like Borges, John Barth"
Sheherazade Through the Looking Glass: The Metamorphosis of the 'Thousand and One Nights' (Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures)
Sheherazade Through the Looking Glass: The Metamorphosis of the 'Thousand and One Nights' (Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures)
"Another critical analysis exploring the evolution of the work and how it has influenced literary forms."
Story-Telling Techniques in the Arabian Nights (Studies in Arabic Literature, Vol 15)
Story-Telling Techniques in the Arabian Nights (Studies in Arabic Literature, Vol 15)
"Wonderful analysis that explores how early writers adapted ancient folktales into coherent stories, how the stories were made to relate to each other to illustrate larger themes"
The Thousand and One Nights in Arabic Literature and Society (Levi Della Vida Symposia)
The Thousand and One Nights in Arabic Literature and Society (Levi Della Vida Symposia)
"Looks at the larger role within Arabic culture, and the Nights' literary influences"
The Arabian Nights in Historical Context: Between East and West
The Arabian Nights in Historical Context: Between East and West
"Great collection of essays that cover everything from Orientalism to Rimsky-Korsakov's use of tales in his orchestral show-stopper, "Scheherezade.""
The Arabian Nights Reader (Series in Fairy-Tale Studies)
The Arabian Nights Reader (Series in Fairy-Tale Studies)
"Not only are the individual essays in this volume outstanding, they complement each other beautifully to give a rich, thorough understanding of the Nights."
The Arabian Nights in Transnational Perspective (Series in Fairy-Tale Studies)
The Arabian Nights in Transnational Perspective (Series in Fairy-Tale Studies)
"A collection of essays presented at an international conference on the Nights.  Not as coherent as the above book, but a wealth of fascinating ideas."
The Thief of Bagdad (The Criterion Collection)
The Thief of Bagdad (The Criterion Collection)
"Still considered one of the greatest fantasy movies made.  An absolute classic all around."
The Sinbad Collection (7th Voyage / Golden Voyage / Eye of the Tiger)
The Sinbad Collection (7th Voyage / Golden Voyage / Eye of the Tiger)
"Sinbad movies are a guilty pleasure.  Great fun!"
Aladdin (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Aladdin (Two-Disc Special Edition)
"Takes some (many) liberties with the story, but still an enjoyable magic carpet ride"
Arabian Nights
Arabian Nights
"A spectacular miniseries that pulls out all the stops.  Great acting, storytelling, visuals, everything.  Don't miss this."
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade / Capriccio Espagnol
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade / Capriccio Espagnol
"My favorite version of Rimsky-Korsakov's masterpiece.  It was so popular for awhile that the critics now look down on it, but dont believe them for a minute.  Great music, great performance."
Berlioz: Les Nuits D'ete / Ravel: Sheherazade / Debussy / Poulenc
Berlioz: Les Nuits D'ete / Ravel: Sheherazade / Debussy / Poulenc
"Crespin's treatment of Ravel's song cycle "ShĂ©hĂ©razade" is one of the greatest performances ever committed to disc.  Absolutely haunting."
Nielsen: Aladdin Suite / Cupid and the Poet / Saga Dream / Helios / Maskarade / Pan and Syrinx
Nielsen: Aladdin Suite / Cupid and the Poet / Saga Dream / Helios / Maskarade / Pan and Syrinx
"Nielsen's Aladdin Suite isn't as well known as it should be.  Fascinating score, very modern sounding yet very comfortable on the ear.  Love the chaos of the marketplace section!"
The Complete Short Stories Of Robert Louis Stevenson: With A Selection Of The Best Short Novels
The Complete Short Stories Of Robert Louis Stevenson: With A Selection Of The Best Short Novels
"Stevenson's New Arabian Nights is a playful homage to the old, with brilliant, colorful settings."
Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
"Poe was fascinated by the Nights, which colored most of his own fiction.  His 1,002nd Night of Scheherazade is a quirky satire on the legend."
Collected Fictions
Collected Fictions
"Borges's debt to the Nights cannot be overstated, particularly in the "Fictions" and "Universal History of Infamy""
Borges: Selected Non-Fictions
Borges: Selected Non-Fictions
"Authoritative examination of translations of the Nights, with his own ideas about translation in general."
Arabian Nights and Days: A Novel
Arabian Nights and Days: A Novel
"A sequel that takes a somewhat bitter and ironic look at “happily ever after” and has dark musing about contemporary society, written by the Middle East’s most celebrated writer"
The Tidewater Tales (Maryland Paperback Bookshelf)
The Tidewater Tales (Maryland Paperback Bookshelf)
"Odd, sometimes blowsy collision of the Nights and contemporary Maryland (as well as re-imagining of the Odyssey, Don Quioxte and lots more)"
Chimera
Chimera
"Barth's witty examination of the Nights, and storytelling's role in the modern world."
The Last Voyage of Somebody the Sailor
The Last Voyage of Somebody the Sailor
"A reverse Nights where a time travelling sailor entertains Baghdad with tales of contemporary life."
Misery
Misery
"Go with me.  King's work is a modern day adaptation of the frame story... the storyteller forced to spin out a new tale to stay alive."
Sandman, The: Fables & Reflections - Book VI (Sandman Collected Library)
Sandman, The: Fables & Reflections - Book VI (Sandman Collected Library)
"The haunting "Ramadan" (from the always thought-provoking series, "The Sandman") explores the devil's bargain of Caliph Harun al-Rashid of trying to hold onto a golden age forever."
1001 (Sanuel French Acting Edition)
1001 (Sanuel French Acting Edition)
"A great modern adaptation of the frame story set in NYC that's filled with contemporary and pop culture allusions."
The Road to Ubar: Finding the Atlantis of the Sands
The Road to Ubar: Finding the Atlantis of the Sands
"Amazing true story of the search for Ubar, the prototype for the Night's City of Brass, Iram and 'Ad."
The Arabian Nights: An Encyclopedia (Two Volume Set)
The Arabian Nights: An Encyclopedia (Two Volume Set)
"The big one, a massive encyclopedia on everything associated with the Nights.  Shouldn't you indulge?"