A little-known and rarely reproduced tale from the Bulaq edition of Arabian Nights offers insight into storytelling conditions that are contemporaneous with the formation of the Nights. The tale describes various kinds of stories and functions as a manifesto concerning the social value of storytellers, while its content analysis confirms the place of the Nights within written transmission traditions.
Hawwas, Abd-El-Hameed. "A Prologue Tale as Manifesto Tale: Establishing a Narrative Literary Form and the Formation of Arabian Nights." Marvels & Tales 21.1 (2007). Web. <http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/marvels/vol21/iss1/4>.