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These Letters were originally published in the Independent of New York. The idea of writing them occurred to the author after he had produced ÒLetters to Dead s.Ó That kind of Epistle was open to the objection that nobody would write so frankly to a correspondent about his own work, and yet it seemed that the form of Letters might be attempted again. The Lettres ˆ Emilie sur la Mythologie are a well-known model, but Emilie was not an imaginary correspondent. The persons addressed here, on the other hand, are all people of fancyÑthe name of Lady Violet Lebas is an invention of Mr. ThackerayÕs: gifted Hopkins is the minor poet in Dr. Oliver Wendell HolmesÕs ÒGuardian Angel.Ó The authorÕs object has been to discuss a few literary topics with more freedom and personal bias than might be permitted in a graver kind of essay. The Letter on Samuel Richardson is by a lady more frequently the authorÕs critic than his collaborator.
Thirty-seven of the most familiar fairy tales. The loveliest collection of fairy stories that was ever printed is here, edited by Andrew Lang. These fairy tales are the old standard ones that have pleased and enchanted the children for generations, and will be treasured as a classic of English literature. This book is fully illustrated and annotated with a rare extensive biographical sketch of the author, Andrew Lang, written by Sir Edmund Gosse, CB, a contemporary poet and writer. Contents: The Bronze Ring Prince Hyacinth And The Dear Little Princess East Of The Sun And West Of The Moon The Yellow Dwarf Little Red Riding Hood The Sleeping Beauty In The Wood Cinderella, Or The Little Glass Slipper Aladdin And The Wonderful Lamp The Tale Of A Youth Who Set Out To Learn What Fear Was Rumpelstiltzkin Beauty And The Beast The Master-Maid Why The Sea Is Salt The Master Cat; Or, Puss In Boots Felicia And The Pot Of Pinks The White Cat The Water-Lily. The Gold-Spinners The Terrible Head The Story Of Pretty Goldilocks The History Of Whittington The Wonderful Sheep Little Thumb The Forty Thieves Hansel And Grettel Snow-White And Rose-Red The Goose-Girl Toads And Diamonds Prince Darling Blue Beard Trusty John The Brave Little Tailor A Voyage To Lilliput The Princess On The Glass Hill The Story Of Prince Ahmed And The Fairy Paribanou The History Of Jack The Giant-Killer The Black Bull Of Norroway The Red Etin