Richard Francis Burton


Born
in Torquay, Devon, England, The United Kingdom
March 19, 1821

Died
October 20, 1890

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Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton KCMG FRGS was a British geographer, explorer, translator, writer, soldier, orientalist, cartographer, ethnologist, spy, linguist, poet, fencer and diplomat. He was known for his travels and explorations within Asia, Africa and the Americas as well as his extraordinary knowledge of languages and cultures. According to one count, he spoke 29 European, Asian, and African languages.

Burton's best-known achievements include travelling in disguise to Mecca, an unexpurgated translation of One Thousand and One Nights (also commonly called The Arabian Nights in English after Andrew Lang's adaptation), bringing the Kama Sutra to publication in English, and journeying with John Hanning Speke as the first Europeans led
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The Arabian Nights

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First Footsteps in East Afr...

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Kasidah of Haji Abdu El-Yezdi

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The Lake Regions of Central...

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The City of the Saints and ...

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“Little islands are all large prisons; one cannot look at the sea without wishing for the wings of a swallow.”
Sir Richard Francis Burton

“The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshiped anything but himself.”
Richard Francis Burton, The Book of a Thousand Nights and One Night: 17 Volumes, Complete

“If you can’t laugh together in bed, the chances are you are incompatible, anyway. I’d rather hear a girl laugh well than try to turn me on with long, silent, soulful, secret looks. If you can laugh with a woman, everything else falls into place.”
Richard Burton

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