Andrew Lang 1844—1912

Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang (Banchory, Kincardineshire) was a prolific Scots man of letters. He was a poet, novelist, and literary critic, and contributor to anthropology. He is now best known as one of the most important collectors of folk and fairy tales. The Andrew Lang lectures at the University of St Andrews are named for him.

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Ballads and Verses Vain (1884)

Selected by Austin Dobson from Ballads and Lyrics of Old France, Ballades in Blue China, and from verses previously unprinted or not collected.

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Helen of Troy (1882)

In Greek mythology, Helen, better known as Helen of Sparta or Helen of Troy, was daughter of Zeus and Leda, wife of king Menelaus of Sparta and sister o...read more »

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Modern Mythology (1897)

This influential work on comparative mythology takes on a scholarly controversy that raged at the time over the origin of mythology. Is myth “a disease ...read more »

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Myth, Ritual and Religion - Vol. 1 (1887)

This early work of comparative mythology remains a vital resource to students and devotees of ethnography, history, and world legends. Lang’s stunningly...read more »

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Myth, Ritual and Religion - Vol. 2 (1887)

Lang’s stunningly comprehensive overview of pre-scientific thinking provides an important perspective on the worldviews that molded and continue to infl...read more »

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Tales of Troy and Greece (1907)

Andrew Lang draws on his classical learning to recount the Homeric legend of the wars between the Greeks and the Trojans. Paris, Helen of Troy, Achilles...read more »

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The Blue Fairy Book (1889)

It is almost impossible to envision what childhood would be like without the enchanting world of fairyland. Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, giants a...read more »

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The Book of Dreams and Ghosts (1897)

The Book of Dreams and Ghosts is an entertaining horror fiction composed of short stories. The narrations play with reader’s psychology and drag it to i...read more »

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The Brown Fairy Book (1904)

The stories in this Fairy Book come from all quarters of the world. For example, the adventures of ‘Ball-Carrier and the Bad One’ are told by Red Indian...read more »

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The Crimson Fairy Book (1903)

Each Fairy Book demands a preface from the Editor, and these introductions are inevitably both mono-tonous and unavailing. A sense of literary honesty c...read more »

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The Green Fairy Book (1892)

The Green Fairy Book, the third in Andrew Lang’s Coloured Fairy Book series, was originally published in 1892. The collections were specifically intende...read more »

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The Grey Fairy Book (1900)

The tales in the Grey Fairy Book are derived from many countries – Lithuania, various parts of Africa, Germany, France, Greece, and other regions of the...read more »

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The Homeric Hymns (1899)

The Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite, which tells of the seduction of the shepherd Anchises by the love-goddess Aphrodite, has long been recognized as a master...read more »

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The Lilac Fairy Book (1910)

The twelfth in Andrew Lang’s Fairy Book series containing 33 tales from Portugal, Ireland, Wales and points East and West, among them “The Brown Bear of...read more »

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The Olive Fairy Book (1907)

The Olive Fairy Book contains eight Punjabi tales, five from Armenia, 16 other stories from Turkey, Denmark, the Sudan, and more. An enchanting world of...read more »

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The Orange Fairy Book (1906)

In this volume there are stories from the natives of Rhodesia, collected by Mr. Fairbridge, who speaks the native language, and one is brought by Mr. Cr...read more »

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The Pink Fairy Book (1897)

For this collection, Andrew Lang gathered Danish, Swedish, Sicilian, African, Catalan, Japanese, German, and French stories. While the stories may not b...read more »

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The Red Fairy Book (1890)

In a second gleaning of the fields of Fairy Land we cannot expect to find a second Perrault. But there are good stories enough left, and it is hoped tha...read more »

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The Violet Fairy Book (1901)

For this collection, Andrew Lang gathered African, Scandinavian, Egyptian and even Babylonian stoires. While they may not be familiar to you, they are ...read more »

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The Yellow Fairy Book (1894)

A collection of traditional fairy tales from the folklore of Russia, Germany, France, Iceland, and America. Includes original 138 black-and-white illust...read more »