Tales from the 1001 Nights

Tales from the 1001 Nights


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Inspired by current cultural movements and the new wave of feminism, these releases of classic books feature strong female protagonists who must navigate difficult situations involving class and power, love and loss, sex and family, independence and societal norms, and more.

Every night King Shahryar visits a different virgin, and every morning he calls for her execution. But when the clever lady Sheherazade is chosen for the king, she saves herself by entertaining him a different way: with spellbinding tales of colorful worlds and imaginative characters, plus even more promised for the next night. Captivated, the king allows her to live one more day before the inevitable execution; then another day, and another, and another, to one thousand and one nights of magical adventure in mystical lands involving powerful jinnis, wicked thieves, strong sailors, and beautiful princesses.

Originally told in Arabic and then translated by Sir Richard Burton in 1885, Tales from the 1001 Nights collects Middle Eastern folklore and literature told over many centuries, including well-known stories of Aladdin and his magic lamp, Sinbad the Sailor, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, and many more. These fantasies of adventure, romance, faith, and justice have inspired adaptations across the world and continue to be treasured today.

Z Lit Classics revives some of the most beloved works in classic literature in a luxe, eye-catching paperback format to appeal to the Generation Z buyer, though these timeless stories will appeal to anyone interested in the female experience throughout history. Each book also comes with a tearaway bookmark hidden inside the back flap.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781513261607
Publisher: Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company
Publication date: 06/04/2019
Series: Z Lit Classics Series
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Sir Richard Francis Burton (1821–1890) was an English explorer, scholar, translator, and writer. A well-traveled man, he had a vast knowledge of world languages and cultures and spoke more than twenty languages. His translation of Tales from the 1001 Nights is the best known and most widely accepted version of the original Arabic story.

Graphic Arts Books is a book publisher based in Berkeley, CA, and brings exceptional books to both children and adult readers of fiction, cooking, history, memoir, nature and wildlife, photography, travel, and more, including the new Z Lit Classics series that presents favorite stories from classic literature repackaged in a luxe and beautiful design.


“Scheherazade had perused the books, annals and legends of preceding Kings, and the stories, examples and instances of bygone men and things; indeed it was said that she had collected a thousand books of histories relating to antique races and departed rulers. She had perused the works of the poets and knew them by heart; she had studied philosophy and the sciences, arts and accomplishments; and she was pleasant and polite, wise and witty, well read and well bred.” ―Richard Francis Burton (quote from 1001 Nights )

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