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The Book of One Thousand and One Nights is an old cycle (or group) of stories that mostly come from Arabia and Persia, and a few also from India, Central Asia and China. All these stories were later collected together. There are different layers of the stories:
- Uppermost is the story of Queen Scheherazade who needs to entertain her husband, the Sultan or King Sheheryar, or she would be put to death.
- The next layer is made up of the actual stories, such as Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Aladdin and the Magic Lamp, etc.
- In those stories, there is often also a narrator who tells the story.
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- The Thousand Nights and a Night in several classic translations, including unexpurgated version by Sir Francis Burton, and John Payne translation, with additional material.
- Stories From One Thousand and One Nights, (Lane and Poole translation): Project Bartleby edition
- The Arabian Nights (includes Lang and (expurgated) Burton translations): Electronic Literature Foundation editions Archived 2007-01-06 at the Wayback Machine
- The Medieval Arabic Nights Archived 2005-10-31 at the Wayback Machine - a study
- Jonathan Scott translation of Arabian Nights
- Notes on the influences and context of the Thousand and One Nights Archived 2000-05-11 at the Wayback Machine
- 1001 Resources and Links for A Thousand and One Nights Archived 2006-02-19 at the Wayback Machine University of Houston
- The Book of the Thousand and One Nights Archived 2000-05-11 at the Wayback Machine by John Crocker
- (expurgated) Sir Burton's ~1885 translation, annotated for English study.
- Arabian Nights' Tales Archived 2005-12-25 at the Wayback Machine Dedicated site with just the stories of 1001 nights listed in order.