Notorious for the delight he took in tweaking the sexual taboos of the Victorian age-as well as the delight he took in the resulting shock of his bashful peers-British adventurer, linguist, and author CAPTAIN SIR RICHARD FRANCIS BURTON (1821-1890) is perhaps best remembered for his unexpurgated translation of the Eastern classic The One Thousand and One Nights, more famously known today as The Arabian Nights.
Originating in Persian, Indian, and Arabic sources as far back as the ninth century AD, this collection of bawdy tales-which Burton was the first to bring to English readers in uncensored form-has exerted incalculable influence on modern literature. It represents one of the earliest examples of a framing story, as young Shahrazad, under threat of execution by the King, postpones her death by regaling him with these wildly entertaining stories over the course of 1,001 nights. The stories themselves feature early instances of sexual humor, satire and parody, murder mystery, horror, and even science fiction.
Burton's annotated 16-volume collection, as infamous as it is important, was first published between 1885 and 1888, and remains an entertainingly naughty read.
Volume VI includes:
. "Sindbad the Seaman and Sinbad the Landsman"
. "The City of Brass"
. "The Craft and Malice of Woman"
. "The Rake's Trick Against the Chaste Wife"
. "The Lady and Her Two Lovers"
. "The Woman Who Made Her Husband Sift Dust"
. "The Enchanted Spring"
. "The Wife's Device to Cheat her Husband"
. "The Goldsmith and the Cashmere Singing-Girl"
. "The Lady and Her Five Suitors"
. "The Fox and the Folk"
. and many others.