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This engaging volume presents the complete texts of three of the most important, and historically popular, examples of the Oriental tale genre. Supporting contextual material includes samples of Orientalist writing from The Spectator, Johnson's Rambler, Goldsmith's Citizen of the World, and Edgeworth's complete tale "Murad the Unlucky," as well as a selection of modern critical essays.
About This Series Introduction A Note on the Texts Literary Orientalism in Britain from the Arabian Nights to Byron: A Select Chronology I. The Tales Frances Sheridan, The History of Nourjahad William Beckford, Vathek William Beckford and Samuel Henley, Original Notes to Vathek George Gordon, Lord Byron, The Giaour George Gordon, Lord Byron, Original Notes to The Giaour II. Contexts: The Rise of Literary Orientalism From Arabian Nights Entertainments: "Preface"; "The Fourteenth Night" The Spectator No. 578 Samuel Johnson, The Rambler No. 120 Oliver Goldsmith, "Letter 33" Maria Edgeworth, "Murad the Unlucky" Francis Jeffrey, "[Review of The Giaour]" III. Recent Criticism Margaret Anne Doody, "Frances Sheridan: Morality and Annihilated Time" Felicity A. Nussbaum, "The Empire of Love" Adam Potkay, "Beckford's Heaven of Boys" Marilyn Butler, "The Orientalism of Byron's Giaour" Works Cited For Further Reading