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Folio Fairy Tale Books - What Constitutes a Complete Collection

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Nov 8, 10:50am Top

Hi all,

So now that Folio is republishing the Lang - Fairy Books, what do you consider to be the complete Fairy Tale Collection from Folio Society?

Would the 3-vol. Faerie Queene set be considered as part of the Folio's complete Fairy Tale collection?

Nov 8, 12:39pm Top

My 2 cents, for what it's worth: there is no such thing as 'the fairy tale collection'. The FS fairy tales are a genre, not a cohesive set of books.

There's the Lang set, and maybe the thematically loose set of other classics, but that one is all over the place (including Aesop's fables for instance, which is 2000+ years apart from the others). Including LEs into a non-LE set is never a good idea. I would not consider Cinderella/Sleeping Beauty or Hansel and Gretel (aOS) part of any set but rather as stand alone volumes within the genre.

Nov 8, 3:57pm Top

There's the Hans Christian Andersen collection. A gorgeous and large-sized two-book collection that doesn't get mentioned enough.

Nov 8, 7:17pm Top

>1 Emily_Jones51:

I don't think you can place The Faerie Queene in the same category as the fairy tales. It's completely different in scope, in literary form and in genre. The Lang fairy books are akin to Hans Christian Anderson, Perrault and Grimm, all published by Folio.

Nov 8, 8:02pm Top

>1 Emily_Jones51:

I think you will find the answers as to what is a complete collection in this thread http://www.librarything.com/topic/288021

Scroll down to Fairy Tales Classics and Andrew Lang's Fairy Books.

Nov 11, 9:37pm Top

Thank you so much Warwick! Always a sweetheart. I will take a gander right now while sipping my new peppermint tea I picked up at Tescos! :-D

xx Emily

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