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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 marvellous delicacy of three queens, and more. This obscure, delightful work is a fascinating look at both Indian mythology and Victorian cultural anthropology.