The Arabian Nights

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The stories in the Fairy Books have generally been such as old women in country places tell to their grandchildren. Nobody knows how old they are, or who told them first. The children of Ham, Shem and Japhet may have listened to them in the Ark, on wet days. Hector's little boy may have heard them in Troy Town, for it is certain that Homer knew them, and that some of them were written down in Egypt about the time of Moses.
People in different countries tell them differently, but...
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The stories in the Fairy Books have generally been such as old women in country places tell to their grandchildren. Nobody knows how old they are, or who told them first. The children of Ham, Shem and Japhet may have listened to them in the Ark, on wet days. Hector's little boy may have heard them in Troy Town, for it is certain that Homer knew them, and that some of them were written down in Egypt about the time of Moses.
People in different countries tell them differently, but they are always the same stories, really, whether among little Zulus, at the Cape, or little Eskimo, near the North Pole. The changes are only in matters of manners and customs; such as wearing clothes or not, meeting lions who talk in the warm countries, or talking bears in the cold countries. There are plenty of kings and queens in the fairy tales, just because long ago there were plenty of kings in the country. A gentleman who would be a squire now was a kind of king in Scotland in very old times, and the same in other places. These old stories, never forgotten, were taken down in writing in different ages, but mostly in this century, in all sorts of languages. These ancient stories are the contents of the Fairy books.[...]
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  • ISBN-13: 9781490913230
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 7/3/2013
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 704,921
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

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Andrew Lang was born on March 31, 1844 in Selkirk, Scotland, the eldest of eight children. He attended Selkirk Grammar School and eventually Balliol College at Oxford.
Lang was a noted historian, critic, poet, journalist and one of the most prolific and versatile authors of his time. Writing steadily from 1863 to 1912, he is principally known for writing folklore, mythology, religion and collecting his series of twelve fairy books from 1889 to 1910.
Andrew married Leonora Blanche Alleyne in 1875. He died from angina pectoris on July 20, 1912 in Banchory, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, at the age of 68 and is buried at St. Andrews.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2011

    Awesome Collection!

    Sinbad, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Alladin and his lamp, plust many more. It's hard to beat all these great stories in one collection. Read this one for sure!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    Don't buy

    Many misspelled words and a lot of awkward language ... glad i only wasted 99¿

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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