An early 1900s illustration of the genie in The Arabian Nights. Photo: Alamy

The surprising truth about Aladdin: how Frenchman’s lacklustre tale ended up in The Arabian Nights and became a gem

  • Frenchman translated tales from Arabic story collection A Thousand and One Nights, but ran out of tales to feed his 18th century readers’ appetite for more
  • He wrote Aladdin based, he claimed, on a tale heard from a traveller; his story was unexciting, though, and owes its fame to later versions, including Disney’s
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An early 1900s illustration of the genie in The Arabian Nights. Photo: Alamy
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