The Tale of the Rose and the Nightingale (And What Came of It)


  • First publication
    • Arabesques, ed. Susan Shwartz, 1988
  • Wolfe collection(s)
  • Other anthologies
    • The Year's Best Fantasy: Second Annual Collection, 1989


An Arabian Nights adventure in which a poor boy accompanies two tricksters on a quest for magical treasure.


  • The inner story is adapted from The Nightingale and the Rose by Oscar Wilde, which is available online.

Unresolved Questions

  • Was it A or was it B, or was it X or Z?
  • Was it he or was it she, or was it you or me?
  • Who dunnit?
  • Did the Star Child really start WWIII at the end of 2001?

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