Preface to the First Edition

THIS is neither a translation nor an adaptation of Sunthorn Phu's Phra Abhai Mani, one of the best-loved stories in all Thai Literature.

It is merely intended as an introduction to great work, for the benefit of those who are unable to read the origi-nal. In its summarised form, it necessarily lacks some of the finer qualities of the masterpiece. But it should serve its purpose until the complete work is translated.

The well-known artist, Hem Vejakorn, has designed the front cover specially for this edition, and is also responsible for the other illustrations, reproduced by courtesy of Mr. Udom Chatabutra.


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