One Thousand and One Nights

One Thousand and One Nights

Richard Burton

Richard Burton

The exotic tales of the Arabian Nights have charmed and delighted readers across the world for almost a millennia. The collection features hundreds of magical Middle Eastern and Indian stories, including the famous first appearances of Aladdin, Ali Baba and Sindbad the Sailor.  This eBook presents a comprehensive collection of translations of 'One Thousand and One Nights', with numerous illustrations, rare texts, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)Beautifully illustrated with images relating to 'One Thousand and One Nights'Concise introductions to the translations5 different translations, with individual contents tablesFeatures Burton's seminal 16 volume translationExcellent formatting of the textsSome tales are illustrated with their original artworkFeatures Edward William Lane's guide to ARABIAN SOCIETY IN THE MIDDLE AGES – the perfect accompaniment to reading 'One Thousand...
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A Strong Song Tows Us

A Strong Song Tows Us

Richard Burton

Richard Burton

A Strong Song Tows Us tells a captivating tale of action, adventure and lasting friendships. We meet some of the finest writers of the last century, including Yeats, Pound, T. S. Eliot, William Carlos Williams and Louis Zukofsky. And at the heart of Bunting's remarkable life lies one of the greatest love stories of the twentieth century.
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Godsent

Godsent

Richard Burton

Richard Burton

Kate Skylar is an ordinary seventeen-year-old with an extraordinary destiny. A virgin, Kate suddenly finds herself pregnant with what she believes is the Son of God. But the Catholic Church is convinced Kate is carrying the Antichrist and, assisted by an artificial intelligence known as Grand Inquisitor, will stop at nothing to kill Ethan, her son. Ethan's only protection is Conversatio, a secret organization dedicated to the Second Coming—which may have its own dark agenda. As Ethan grows up in anonymity, ignorant of his true identity and not knowing whom to trust, he must come to terms with his miraculous abilities and make a fateful choice that will determine the future of all mankind. And for Kate, an equally difficult struggle looms, as well as a mother's devastating choice. Godsent is a wild religious thriller, a page-turner that keeps you guessing until the very last page. Burton, in his fiction debut, crafts a tightly-wound narrative with a...
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The Richard Burton Diaries

The Richard Burton Diaries

Richard Burton

Richard Burton

Irresistibly magnetic on stage, mesmerizing in movies, seven times an Academy Award nominee, Richard Burton rose from humble beginnings in Wales to become Hollywood's most highly paid actor and one of England's most admired Shakespearean performers. His epic romance with Elizabeth Taylor, his legendary drinking and story-telling, his dazzling purchases (enormous diamonds, a jet, homes on several continents), and his enormous talent kept him constantly in the public eye. Yet the man behind the celebrity façade carried a surprising burden of insecurity and struggled with the peculiar challenges of a life lived largely in the spotlight.This volume publishes Burton's extensive personal diaries in their entirety for the first time. His writings encompass many years—from 1939, when he was still a teenager, to 1983, the year before his death—and they reveal him in his most private moments, pondering his triumphs and demons, his loves and his heartbreaks. The diary entries appear in their original sequence, with annotations to clarify people, places, books, and events Burton mentions.From these hand-written pages emerges a multi-dimensional man, no mere flashy celebrity. While Burton touched shoulders with shining lights—among them Olivia de Havilland, John Gielgud, Claire Bloom, Laurence Olivier, John Huston, Dylan Thomas, and Edward Albee—he also played the real-life roles of supportive family man, father, husband, and highly intelligent observer. His diaries offer a rare and fresh perspective on his own life and career, and on the glamorous decades of the mid-twentieth century.Review"Diaries? Autobiography? Time will tell, and may surprise."—Emlyn Williams, at Richard Burton's Memorial Service, London, August 1984(Emplyn Williams )"Full of surprises and revelations."—The Bookseller(The Bookseller 20120713)“Fun, fascinating, and sad.”—Liz Smith(Liz Smith Newyorksocialdiary.com )"The inspiring, salacious, sad, materialistic, insecure, arrogant, hilarious and dull ruminations of a most gifted actor. . . . A text that thrums with life and assures the rest is not silence."—Kirkus Review, starred review(Kirkus Reviews )"The words reveal someone who is reflective and thoughtful and someone who engaged intellectually with the world around him. It's not just the ale-and-women kind of image… His diaries reveal a man who thought deeply about the world - past, present and future. Richard Burton was in search of 'what it all meant', but found little comfort in the lessons of history… In 1970 he wrote: 'I love the world but if I take it too seriously I shall go mad.'"—Simon de Bruxelles, The Times (London)(Simon de Bruxelles The Times 20120815)"Richard Burton's private diaries are being published for the first time, including passionate descriptions of Elizabeth Taylor as 'a wildly exciting lover-mistress' and 'beautiful beyond the dreams of pornography.'"—Sam Marsden, Daily Mail (London)(Sam Marsden Daily Mail 20120815)"Richard Burton diaries reveal actor's passion and shame. He was the boy from the Welsh valleys whose rugged looks and voice of gold made him a star of stage and screen… He is frank about his drinking, his ambivalent feelings towards his own talent and the career that brought him such success."—londonwired.co.uk(londonwired.co.uk 20120815)"Stand back! Sally Burton just lit a literary firecracker and tossed it into the room. The widow of Britain's greatest film actor is presiding over the long-awaited publication of her late husband's diaries and they are beyond explosive."—Christopher Wilson, Daily Telegraph (London)(Christopher Wilson Daily Telegraph )“One might well suppose that Mr. Burton had no interests other than gossip, money, drink and sex. In fact, there's quite a bit more to ‘The Richard Burton Diaries’ than that. Among other things, Mr. Burton turns out to have been an exceedingly literate man who had shrewd opinions about the many books that he read.”—Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal(Terry Teachout Wall Street Journal 20120928)“I have to say that, even in this culture when we seem to get too much information on celebrities, there’s something about the words on these pages that’s really fascinating.”—Matt Lauer, NBC TODAY(Matt Lauer NBC Today 20121015)“How many other working actors, epic drinkers and chronicled jet-setters would have offhandedly used the word “sanguicolus” (living in the blood) in a diary? Here in what is, hands down, one of the great entertainment books of 2012, you’ve got the enthralling results of more than two years of hard labor by editor Chris Williams melding the on-again, off-again diary of his era’s most fascinating failure, a man almost universally lamented by peers for never fulfilling his extraordinary gifts, simultaneously a genuinely poetic intellectual and just as genuine vulgarian.”—Jeff Simon, Buffalo News (Editors Pick)(Jeff Simon Buffalo News )"So many lurid and appalling books have been written about Burton and Taylor that it’s hard to see them plain. The Richard Burton Diaries is, however, true to why tabloid writers flocked to them: It’s a love story so robust you can nearly warm your hands on its flames."—Dwight Garner, The New York Times(Dwight Garner New York Times )"Come to this volume for the love story, stay for the lit talk."—Dwight Garner, The New York Times (Dwight Garner The New York TImes )“Burton’s diaries, published now for the first time, are filled with . . . pocket-size delights. . . But I admired this complicated and fairly remarkable book for its deeper and more insinuating qualities as well.”—Dwight Garner, The New York Times(Dwight Garner The New York TImes )“Unpretentious and aphoristic.”—Dwight Garner, The New York Times (Dwight Garner The New York TImes )“It’s hard to imagine a midcareer actor working today whose diaries will be half as literate or lemony.”—Dwight Garner, The New York Times(Dwight Garner The New York TImes )“Burton kept a private journal for four decades; the entries show him to be smart, kind, slyly funny—and utterly besotted with costar and wife (twice) Liz Taylor.”—Good Housekeeping, December Book Pick(Good Housekeeping )“[Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor] made ‘a lovely charming decadent hopeless couple,’ as Burton notes, in a characteristically wry and graceful phrase. . . . A captivating story of misplaced success: Burton was a voracious and astute reader who nurtured unfulfilled literary ambitions. Even his greatest acting triumphs were a blow, representing ‘the indignity and the boredom of having to learn the writings of another man.’”—The New Yorker (New Yorker )"The Richard Burton Diaries. Just great fun, and written out of an engaging, often comical bewilderment: How did a poor Welshman become not only a star, but a player on the world stage that was Elizabeth Taylor’s fame? As a kind of celebrity Pilgrim’s Progress, it is very tender without missing the fact that show business is hard."—Hilton Als, NewYorker.com (Hilton Als NewYorker.com )“Of real interest is that Burton was almost as good a writer as an actor, read as many as three books a day, haunted bookstores in every city he set foot in, bought countless books on every conceivable subject and evaluated them rather shrewdly. . . Apt writing abounds. . . His love of language is also displayed dazzlingly in the recurrent loving tributes to Elizabeth. True, he also records their fights, but these are quickly forgotten by him after a good walk, and by both of them after a night’s sleep. Much more frequent and pertinent are the love declarations.” —John Simon, The New York Times Book Review (John Simon The New York Times Book Review )"The broody Burton was ambivalent about acting and really wanted to be a writer. He was.” —Judith Stone, More magazine(Judith Stone More magazine )“A natural storyteller who didn’t care much for getting dates or punctuation exactly right, [Burton] offers a heartfelt inside view of the glamour and tumult that was Liz and Dick.” —People magazine (People magazine )“He left just this partial, riveting diary, one of the great book left behind by anyone in the acting profession, and piercing evidence that the very famous, the very rich, the men with jewels and yachts may be haunted outcasts who recognize their own type.”—David Thomson, The New Republic (David Thomson The New Republic )“His diaries are not those of a man afraid to take a harsh look at himself . . . he is much more likely, in dealing with his fights with Taylor, to record his own bad behavior than hers. Conversely, the diaries are remarkably free of self-congratulation, either for his achievements as an actor or for his great generosity with money.” —Fintan O’Toole, The New York Review of Books (Fintan O'Toole The New York Review of Books )"What was [Burton] thinking, this man widely considered his generation's pre-eminent interpreter of Shakespeare? His thoughts come alive in The Richard Burton Diaries, an epic of erudition;” —Carrie Rickey, The San Francisco Chronicle (Carrie Rickey The San Francisco Chronicle )“The Richard Burton who emerges from these diaries is a far better man than even his wildest fan might have expected. He’s so sensitive, intelligent, deeply well-read and supremely well-informed that you can almost kid yourself he’d have been fun to have to dinner. It would be absurd, of course, to call his a model life. But nobody who has read this book could call it a wasted one.” —Christopher Bray, The Wall Street Journal (Christopher Bray The Wall Street Journal )“These diaries offer a delightfully unvarnished glimpse at the actor's life, from his reading habits and jet-setting to his tumultuous relationship with Elizabeth Taylor.” —The Los Angeles Times (The Los Angeles Times )"Burton's charisma comes across clearly in The Richard Burton Diaries, a lively collection of the star's diary entries written between 1939 and 1983 and compiled by Chris Williams. . . . The daily musings of Taylor's hubby Nos. 5 and 6 also reveal a profound thinker who read as heartily as he drank, was devoted to his family and loved politics.” —Daniel Bubbeo, Newsday (Daniel Bubbeo Newsday )“This mammoth, unsanitized, and handsomely presented collection of Burton’s innermost thoughts, along with the fascinating minutiae of a huge star’s day-to-day existence, should restore his reputation as one of the most original Hollywood stars of all time.” —Booklist, Starred Review (Booklist ) About the AuthorChris Williams is professor of Welsh history, director of the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities, and deputy director of the College of Arts and Humanities, Swansea University. He was formerly director of the Richard Burton Centre for the Study of Wales. He lives in Swansea, Wales.
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Employees Gone Wild

Employees Gone Wild

Richard Burton

Richard Burton

Hilarious and hair-rising true tales of office debauchery from the lawyer who gets paid to clean up the mess.Try to imagine the following workplace scenarios: two employees having hot and heavy sex in an open cubicle in full view of their coworkers. A boss conducting a business meeting while wearing nothing but a strategically-placed towel. Employees using Craigslist to arrange sexual trysts with hookers on company time. Breast-flashing. Oral sex solicitation via office e-mail.Impossible? Unbelievable?Richard Burton has tales you won't believe actually happened over his decades spent as the attorney hired by companies to protect them when their employees act out. Employees Gone Wild collects some of the most outrageous and absolutely-true stories (names changed to protect the guilty of course) from Burton's years on the job, along with his indispensible practical advice on how companies and the people that work for them can avoid the same...
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Arabian Nights

Arabian Nights

Richard Burton

Richard Burton

Probably one of the original 'story within a story' books, Arabian nights is a selection of stories told by a young girl on her wedding night to a prince who has sworn to kill any girl who marries him. Her clever stories serve as 'cliff-hangers' and keep him from murdering her night after night. This collection is where classic fairy tales such as Aladdin and Ali Baba and the Forty Theives come from as well as well-known moral tales and metaphors.The use of djiins, magic and an evocation of Oriental splendour makes Arabian Nights dazzle. A 'must read' book and the perfect counter point to western fairy tales such as Hans Christian Anderson and the Brothers Grimm.
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