Review of “The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade” (1845)


Edgar Allan Poe (writer).

Read in 2022.

In an addendum to One Thousand and One Nights (1704), Scheherazade paraphrases a plotless catalogue of the wonders of the real world, with footnotes. Wonders include Babbage’s proto-computer and astronomical distances relative to the speed of light.

The concept is strong, the execution weak like “Diddling” (1843).

References here: “Some Words with a Mummy” (1845).

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