PARADISE AND THE PERI, TITLE PAGE, THOMAS MOORE. DESIGNED BY OWEN JONES. DAY AND SON, 1860. STATE LIBRARY OF VICTORIA – TAASA Review March 2012
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In the 19th century Paradise and the Peri was the most popular of the four tales recounted by the minstrel in Lalla Rookh.
It inspired paintings, a ballet, and whole books of watercolours and engravings; Schumann adapted it to opera.
Its appeal is not surprising...