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Andrew Lang (1) [1844–1912]

This page covers the author of The Blue Fairy Book.

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Andrew Lang was born at Selkirk in Scotland on March 31, 1844. He was a historian, poet, novelist, journalist, translator, and anthropologist, in connection with his work on literary texts. He was educated at Edinburgh Academy, St. Andrews University, and Balliol College, Oxford University, becoming a fellow at Merton College. His poetry includes Ballads and Lyrics of Old France (1872), Ballades in Blue China (1880--81), and Grass of Parnassus (1888--92). His anthropology and his defense of the value of folklore as the basis of religion is expressed in his works Custom and Myth (1884), Myth, Ritual and Religion (1887), and The Making of Religion (1898). He also translated Homer and critiqued James G. Frazer's views of mythology as expressed in The Golden Bough. He was considered a good historian, with a readable narrative style and knowledge of the original sources including his works A History of Scotland (1900-7), James VI and the Gowrie Mystery (1902), and Sir George Mackenzie (1909). He was one of the most important collectors of folk and fairy tales. His collections of Fairy books, including The Blue Fairy Book, preserved and handed down many of the better-known folk tales from the time. He died of angina pectoris on July 20, 1912. (Bowker Author Biography)
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The Blue Fairy Book (Editor) 3,061 copies, 17 reviews
The Red Fairy Book 1,664 copies, 8 reviews
The Green Fairy Book 1,311 copies, 6 reviews
The Yellow Fairy Book 1,117 copies, 3 reviews
The Pink Fairy Book 869 copies, 5 reviews
The Crimson Fairy Book 749 copies, 5 reviews
The Violet Fairy Book 743 copies, 6 reviews
The Brown Fairy Book 735 copies, 2 reviews
The Lilac Fairy Book 711 copies, 1 review
The Orange Fairy Book 676 copies, 3 reviews
The Grey Fairy Book 670 copies, 3 reviews
The Olive Fairy Book 646 copies, 2 reviews
The Arabian Nights (Editor) 631 copies, 9 reviews
Tales from the Arabian Nights (Translator) 575 copies, 8 reviews
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The World's Desire 196 copies, 4 reviews
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A Short History of Scotland 61 copies, 1 review
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Books and Bookmen 56 copies, 2 reviews
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In Fairyland 43 copies
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Anthology of Best Loved Poems 27 copies, 1 review
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A Monk of Fife 15 copies
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The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns, and Fairies (Introduction, some editions) 361 copies, 2 reviews
Aucassin and Nicolette (Translator, some editions) 313 copies, 6 reviews
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Extraordinary Tales (Contributor) 227 copies, 6 reviews
Arthurian Legends (Contributor) 174 copies
Montezuma's Daughter (some editions) 167 copies, 5 reviews
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Delphi Complete Works of Charles Dickens (Illustrated) (Contributor, some editions) 69 copies
Victorian Fairy Tales (Oxford World's Classics) (Contributor) 66 copies, 4 reviews
Scottish Ghost Stories (Contributor) 63 copies
Young Folks' Library 04: Tales of Fantasy (Contributor) 63 copies, 1 review
Poems and Essays (Introduction, some editions) 58 copies
The Werewolf Pack (Contributor) 41 copies
A Golden Land (Contributor) 36 copies
Witches, Witches, Witches (Contributor) 28 copies
The Red Book of Heroes (Editor) 21 copies
The Lock and Key Library (Volume 10: Real Life) (Contributor) 17 copies, 1 review
Dragons, Dragons, Dragons (Contributor) 17 copies
The Pleasures of Literature and the Solace of Books (Introduction, some editions) 7 copies
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Kipling and the Critics (Contributor) 6 copies
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Andrew Lang FBA (31 March 1844 – 20 July 1912) was a Scottish poet, novelist, literary critic, and contributor to the field of anthropology. He is best known as a collector of folk and fairy tales. The Andrew Lang lectures at the University of St Andrews are named after him.

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