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“This book is a string of fine pearls to be hung round the neck of human intelligence; a fragrant flower to be borne on the turband of mental wisdom; a jewel of pure gold, which becomes the brow of all supreme minds; and a handful of powdered rubies, whose tonic effects will appear palpably upon the mental digestion of every patient. Finally, that by aid of the lessons inculcated in the following pages, man will pass happily through this world into the state of absorption, where fables will be no longer required.”
Preface to the First (1870) Edition
THE VAMPIRE'S FIRST STORY.
In which a Man deceives a Woman
THE VAMPIRE'S SECOND STORY.
Of the Relative Villany of Men and Woman
THE VAMPIRE'S THIRD STORY.
Of a High-minded Family
THE VAMPIRE'S FOURTH STORY.
Of a Woman who told the Truth
THE VAMPIRE'S FIFTH STORY.
Of the Thief who Laughed and Wept
THE VAMPIRE'S SIXTH STORY.
In which Three Men dispute about a Woman
THE VAMPIRE'S SEVENTH STORY.
Showng the exceeding Folly of many wise Fools
THE VAMPIRE'S EIGHTH STORY.
Of the Use and Misuse of Magic Pills
THE VAMPIRE'S NINTH STORY.
Showing that a Man's Wife belongs not to his body but to his Head
THE VAMPIRE'S TENTH STORY.
Of the Marvellous Delicacy of Three Queens
THE VAMPIRE'S ELEVENTH STORY.
Which puzzles Raja Vikram
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Soldier, explorer, and adventurer, British author CAPTAIN SIR RICHARD FRANCIS BURTON (1821-1890) is perhaps best remembered for his notoriously unexpurgated translations of The Arabian Nights and the Kama Sutra, which scandalized-and titillated-Victorian readers. Lesser known, however, is his intriguing collection of classic Hindu tales of adventure, magic, and romance, first published in 1870. Enlivened by Burton's own imagination-he was the first to translate them from Sanskrit-these stories purport to demonstrate "the exceeding folly of many wise fools," "the use and misuse of magic pills," "that a man's wife belongs not to his body but to his head," "the marvelous delicacy of three queens," and more. This obscure, delightful work is a fascinating look at both Indian mythology and Victorian cultural anthropology.
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