By Peter L. Caracciolo
A suite of essays which makes an attempt to chart the impression of Arabian tales on English literature seeing that Chaucer's day. within the stories of Scheherezade, the members declare, lie a few of the origins of genres resembling the unconventional and detective and technology fiction. The authors coated in those experiences comprise Wordsworth, Coleridge, Scott, Austen, De Quincey, Dickens, Thackeray, Gaskell, the Brontes, Wilkie Collins, Le Fanu, Stevenson, Meredith, Darwin, Keats, Huxley, Henry James, Chesterton, Wells, Conrad, Joyce, W.B.Yeats, Kipling, Freud, the Woolfs, Herbert learn etc.
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But in the Grecian temple all parts harmonize together, and compose one simple and magnificent WHOLE. The same kind of Saracenic masonry, more fashionable in Spenser's days than in ours, is discoverable in his Fairy Queen. It constitutes a different order of poetic architecture from that of the classical Epic; and its inferiority must be allowed, though it possesses some peculiar and appropriate beauties. (pp. 17-18) However, Scott has significantly extended the implications of the architectural simile by the subtle changes he has made in the terms of the comparison.
A race of real children' (436) liable to be swamped by a flood of dehumanising educational reforms are not the sole object of Wordsworth's concern: Burke's reference to the deluge of the French Revolution also reminds us of the political implications of Prelude v _32 Either way, the role of this 'Arab of the desert ... 124, 142) seems to be that of preserving culture amid a deluge of ignorance. It is therefore more than just suggestive that exactly such a metaphor is used by Hole of Islam's achievement when Europe was plunged into the Dark Ages.
Introduction 3 with engravings, and in the 1790s the General Magazine and the Lady's Magazine published extracts serially. Such serialisation, R. D. Mayo observes, 'presumably would have been welcomed by a new audience', many of whom were still unfamiliar with what we now regard as the classics of prose fiction, let alone the Greek and Latin epics. ' 10 In 1720 a similarly hostile response was elicited from Bishop Atterbury by the gift of two volumes of Arabian tales from Pope. Suspecting the tales were 'the product of some Womans Imagination', the Bishop concedes that 'they may furnish the mind with some new images: but I think the Purchase is made at too great an Expense'.
The Arabian Nights in English Literature: Studies in the Reception of The Thousand and One Nights into British Culture by Peter L. Caracciolo