The Grey Fairy Book includes many strange, exotic stories from Lithuania, Africa, Germany, Greece and France. But they are all told in the common language of the fairy tale, and their events will be familiar to children and grown-ups alike. The donkey who turns into a price, a spinning wheel that turns moss into silk, revengeful fairies, and ogre-like fathers of lovely daughters strike responsive chords in readers, even when they appear in new circumstances.
All in all, this collection contains 35 stories, all narrated in the lively, clear prose for which Lang was famous. Not only are Lang's generally conceded to be the best English versions of standard stories, his collections are the richest and widest in range. His position as one of England's foremost folklorists as well as his first-rate literary abilities make his collections unmatchable in the English language.
All in all, this collection contains forty-two stories, all narrated in the clear, lively prose for which Lang was famous. Not only are Lang's translations generally conceded to be the best English versions of standard stories, his collections are the richest and widest in range. His position as one of England's foremost folklorists as well as his first-rate literary abilities make his collections unmatchable in the English language.
Lang was the son of the Sheriff-Clerk of Selkirkshire, and was born in Selkirk on March 31, 1844. He was educated at Edinburgh Academy and the Universities of St Andrews and Glasgow, and won a Snell Exhibition to Balliol College, Oxford. He graduated in 1868 and became a Fellow of Merton College, researching in anthropology there until 1874. At Oxford he was associated with the Rondelier group of poets.
He went to London in 1875 and lived there for most of his life, spending his winters in St Andrews in later years. He married Leonore Blanche Alleyne on April 17, 1875. He spent much of his writing life in London,. However, his considerable knowledge of Scotland and deep understanding of the Scottish character remained pervasive in his work. Lang died July 20, 1912.
Although Lang’s work may not be as well known as that of his contemporaries, he was a significant literary figure. He became one of the best-known journalists of his day, writing leaders for the Daily News and a column called "At the Sign of the Ship" for Longman's Magazine. His column did much to form literary opinion in the late nineteenth century. His contemporaries included Robert Louis Stevenson, whom he often encouraged and almost collaborated with, and George Douglas Brown whom he brought to public notice. Lang's interests were diverse and his expertise considerable.
He quickly became famous for his critical articles in The Daily News and other papers. He displayed talent as a poet in Ballads and Lyrics of Old France, a translation (1872), four subsequent poetry collections, and as a novelist with The Mark of Cain (1886) and The Disentanglers (1902). He earned special praise for his 12-volume collection of fairy tales, the first volume of which was The Blue Fairy Book (1889) and the last The Lilac Fairy Book (1910). His own fairy tales, The Gold of Fairnilee (1888), Prince Prigio (1889), and Prince Ricardo of Pantouflia (1893) became children's classics.
Lang created pioneering anthropological work in such volumes as Custom and Myth (1884) and Myth, Ritual and Religion (1887). Later, Lang turned to history and historical mysteries, notably Pickle the Spy (1897), A History of Scotland from the Roman Occupation, 4 vol. (1900-07), Historical Mysteries (1904), and The Maid of France (1908).
Lang was also an eminent classical scholar. He had a lifelong devotion to Homer. His prose translations of the ancient Greek epic poems, The Odyssey, in 1879, with S. H. Butcher and The Iliad, in 1882, with E. J. Myers and Walter Leaf, are among the best ever made and are still read today.
Lang’s intellect and his wit can perhaps be best appreciated in his poetry. Of his poems “Waitin' for the Glasgow Train” and “The Fairy Minister” are the best known. Lang chose to liken his poetry to the grass of Parnassus- wild flowers at the foot of the mountain. His poetical work is at times wild and natural yet also elegant and timeless.
May you delight in discovering the poetry of Andrew Lang.
The enchanting stories of childhood every girl and boy—and their parents—cherish are collected in this first volume of Andrew Lang’s renowned Fairy Books. Originally published in 1889, this treasure trove of timeless tales of action and adventure, enchanted forests and fantastic creatures, and monsters and magic has thrilled readers all over the world for generations.
The thirty-seven stories in this collection—including such favorites as “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Cinderella,” “Rumpelstiltskin,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Hansel and Gretel,” “Puss in Boots,” “Aladdin,” and “Jack the Giant-Killer”—are more than just fairy tales; they are a priceless keepsake of childhood memories that will stand the test of time now and forever.
The Blue Fairy Book also includes “The Bronze Ring,” “Prince Hyacinth and the Dear Little Princess,” “East of the Sun and West of the Moon,” “The Yellow Dwarf,” “The Tale of a Youth Who Set Out to Learn What Fear Was,” “The Master-Maid,” “Why the Sea Is Salt,” “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,” “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 Black Bull of Norroway,” and “The Red Etin.”
* the complete Fairy Books, all fully-illustrated with their original Victorian artwork – first time in digital print
* special contents table for the Fairy Books
* ALL the novels, with contents tables
* images of how the books first appeared, giving your eReader a taste of the Victorian texts
* many short story collections, with beautiful illustrations
* ARABIAN NIGHTS fully illustrated – first time in digital print
* 13 poetry collections, with contents tables and illustrations
* special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the poetry – find that special poem quickly and easily!
* features 29 non-fiction books, each with contents tables
* includes two biographical essays on Lang – explore the writer’s literary life!
* many images relating to Lang’s life and works
* scholarly ordering of texts in chronological order and literary genres, allowing easy navigation around Lang’s immense oeuvre
The Fairy Books
THE BLUE FAIRY BOOK
THE RED FAIRY BOOK
THE GREEN FAIRY BOOK
THE YELLOW FAIRY BOOK
THE PINK FAIRY BOOK
THE GREY FAIRY BOOK
THE VIOLET FAIRY BOOK
THE CRIMSON FAIRY BOOK
THE BROWN FAIRY BOOK
THE ORANGE FAIRY BOOK
THE OLIVE FAIRY BOOK
THE LILAC FAIRY BOOK
The Fairy Tales
LIST OF THE TALES IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF THE TALES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
Other Story Collections
MUCH DARKER DAYS
IN THE WRONG PARADISE AND OTHER STORIES
THE GOLD OF FAIRNILEE
THE TRUE STORY BOOK
PRINCE RICARDO OF PANTOUFLIA
THE BOOK OF DREAMS AND GHOSTS
THE RED TRUE STORY BOOK
TALES OF TROY AND GREECE
THE ANIMAL STORY BOOK
THE BOOK OF ROMANCE
THE RED ROMANCE BOOK
THE RED BOOK OF HEROES by Mrs. Lang
TALES OF ROMANCE
THE STRANGE STORY BOOK by Mrs. Lang
THE MARK OF CAIN
THE WORLD’S DESIRE
The Poetry Collections
BALLADS, LYRICS, AND POEMS OF OLD FRANCE
THEOCRITUS BION AND MOSCHUS
BALLADS IN BLUE CHINA
HELEN OF TROY
RHYMES A LA MODE
AUCASSIN AND NICOLETE
A COLLECTION OF BALLADS
GRASS OF PARNASSUS
BAN AND ARRIERE BAN
THE NURSERY RHYME BOOK
NEW COLLECTED RHYMES
LIST OF POEMS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF POEMS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
and many more - too many to list
ANDREW LANG by Edmund Gosse
SPENCER WALPOLE AND ANDREW LANG by Horace G. Hutchinson
THE SIX SWANS
THE DRAGON OF THE NORTH(2)
STORY OF THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES(4)
THE GOLDEN CRAB(5)
THE IRON STOVE(7)
THE DRAGON AND HIS GRANDMOTHER
HOW SIX MEN TRAVELLED THROUGH THE WIDE WORLD
THE GLASS MOUNTAIN(16)
THE DEAD WIFE(20)
IN THE LAND OF SOULS (21)
THE WHITE DUCK
THE WITCH AND HER SERVANTS(22)
THE MAGIC RING
THE FLOWER QUEEN'S DAUGHTER(23)
THE FLYING SHIP(24)
THE SNOW-DAUGHTER AND THE FIRE-SON(25)
THE STORY OF KING FROST (26)
THE DEATH OF THE SUN-HERO (27)
THE WITCH (28)
THE HAZEL-NUT CHILD (29)
THE STORY OF BIG KLAUS AND LITTLE KLAUS
PRINCE RING (30)
HOW TO TELL A TRUE PRINCESS
THE BLUE MOUNTAINS
THE WITCH IN THE STONE BOAT(31)
HERMOD AND HADVOR (32)
THE STEADFAST TIN-SOLDIER
A STORY ABOUT A DARNING-NEEDLE