Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890) was a British 19th century Renaissance man, noted for his achievements as an explorer, translator, writer, soldier, orientalist, ethnologist, linguist, poet, hypnotist, fencer and diplomat. Burton was a world traveler who visited Mecca on Hajj in disguise in the 1850s (as an infidel he would have been killed had he been discovered) and is credited as the first European to see Lake Tanganyika in Africa. According to one count, he spoke 29 European, Asian, and African languages. In addition to translating the ARABIAN NIGHTS into English, Burton also translated the KAMASUTRA.
The Arabian Nights by Richard Burton (Part 1)by Sir Richard F. Burton
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THE NIGHT OF A THOUSAND NIGHTS AND A NIGHT (commonly referred to as THE ARABIAN NIGHTS) is Part 1 of 3 (Volumes 1-5) of the complete, unabridged translation by Sir Richard F. Burton. THE ARABIAN NIGHTS is a collection of Middle Eastern and South Asian stories and folk tales compiled in Arabic during the Islamic Golden Age. Some of the best-known stories of The Nights include "Aladdin's Wonderful Lamp", "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" and "The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor."
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