The Lilac Fairy Book

The Lilac Fairy Book

by Andrew Lang

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Overview

33 tales from Portugal, Ireland, Wales and points East and West, among them 'The Brown Bear of Norway,' 'The Enchanted Deer,' 'The Story of a Very Bad Boy,' and 'The Brownie of the Lake.' Six color plates. 51 illustrations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781727679854
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/07/2018
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author





Andrew Gabriel Lang was a prolific Scots man of letters. He was a poet, novelist, and literary critic, and a contributor to anthropology. He now is best known as a collector of folk and fairy tales.




A gifted student and avid reader, Lang went to the prestigious St Andrews University (now holding a lecture series in his honour every few years) and then to Balliol College, Oxford. He would later write about the city in Oxford: Brief Historical and Descriptive Notes, published in 1880.




Moving to London at the age of 31, already a published poet, he started working as a journalist. His dry sense of humor, writing style and huge array of interests made him a popular editor and columnist and he was soon writing for The Daily Post, Time magazine and Fortnightly Review. It was whilst working in London that he met and married his wife Leonore Blanche Alleyne.




Amongst the most famous of Andrew Lang books are The Rainbow Fairy Books, growing from Lang's interest in myths and folklore which continued to grow as he and Leonore traveled through France and Italy hearing local legends. In the late 19th century, interest in the native fairy tales of Britain had declined and there were very few books recounting them for young readers. In fact, fairy tales and magical stories, in general, were being attacked by some educationalists as being harmful to children. It was to challenge this notion that Lang first began collecting fairy stories for the first of his colored fairy books, The Blue Fairy Book.




Whilst other folklorists collected stories directly from source, Lang set about gathering those stories which had already been recorded. This gave him time to collect a much greater breadth of fairy tales from all over the world, most from well-known writers such as the Brothers Grimm, Madame d'Aulnoy and others from less well-known sources. Whilst Lang also worked as the editor for his work and is often credited as its sole creator, the support of his wife, who transcribed and organized the translation of the text, was essential to the work's success.




The last Andrew Lang book, Highways and Byways of the Border remained unfinished after his death on 20th July 1912.

Table of Contents

The Shifty Lad
The False Prince an the True
The Jogi's Punishment
The Heart of a Monkey
The Fairy Nurse
A Lost Paradise
How Brave Walter Hunted Wolves
The King of the Waterfalls
A French Puck
The Three Crowns
The Story of a Very Bad Boy
The Brown Bear of Norway
Little Lasse
Moti'
The Enchanted Deer
A Fish Story
The Wonderful Tune
The Rich Brother and the Poor Brother
The One-Handed Girl
The Bones of Djulung
The Sea King's Gift
The Raspberry Worm
The Stones of Plouhinec
The Castle of Kerglas
The Battle of the Birds
The Lady of the Fountain
The Four Gifts
The Groac'h of the Isle of Lok
The Escape of the Mouse
The Believing Husbands
The Hoodie Crow
The Brownie of the Lake
The Winning of Olwen

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In this book, Andrew Lang managed to gather fairy tales from all over the world and bring them to a young audience so all could be enjoyed. Some are familiar, some aren't and some are similar to other tales from other parts of the world - but that's good because it shows how all people think in the same manner, to a degree, when it comes to something important. A must-read for all children.