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Lang, Andrew. Andrew Lang was born at Selkirk in 1844, and was educated at Edinburgh Academy, at St. Andrews University, and at Balliol College, Oxford, where he took a classical first-class, and was elected Fellow of Merton College in 1868. Choosing a literary career, or marked by literature for her own, he soon became one of the busiest as well as the brightest writers in the world of London journalism, and one of the most versatile and many-sided of English bookmen. He treats the most varied subjects with the same light, humorous touch, and he touches nothing which he does not adorn. He often expounds very serious and heart-felt convictions in a sprightly, airy, or even paradoxical manner, and in controversy contrives playfully to deal quick and deft and heavy strokes. He took a foremost part in the long debate with Professor Max Müller and his school about the interpretation of mythology and folk-tales, and it may safely be said that to his brilliant polemic fell most of the honours of the field. He was made LL.D. of St Andrews in 1885, and in 1888 was elected the first Gifford lecturer at that university. His poetical work included Ballads and Lyrics of Old France (1872), Ballades in Blue China (1880), Helen of Troy (1882), Rhymes a. la Mode (1884), Grass of Parnassus (1888; largely a new edition of Ballads and Lyrics), and Ballades of Books (1888).

The Pink Fairy Book

The Pink Fairy Book – Andrew Lang

With „The Pink Fairy Book“ Mr. Lang has exhausted the primary colors without coming to an end of his store of fairytales. This time he has gone further afield, though without finding much that is new. Japan yields a few; and other sources which we do not remember in the earlier books have been drawn upon. Generally, however, it is from the folklore of European nations, and from that most admirable of story-tellers, Hans Christian Andersen, that we get the best things. It is true that, as Mr. Lang remarks, Andersen “ wants to ‚ point a moral‘ as well as „adorn a tale,“ whereas the true fairy-story should not have any more intelligible moral than that it is a great virtue to be the youngest son of three, and a still greater to be the youngest of seven. Not the less, however, is it true that, on the whole, these stories are on the side of goodness and kindness. It is difficult to make a choice among these good things. But perhaps, “ How the Hermit Helped to Win the King’s Daughter,“ is as good as any. Among the few outlandish stories, „Wischimataro and the Turtle “ may be mentioned. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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The Crimson Fairy Book

The Crimson Fairy Book – Andrew Lang

A storyteller’s night without one of Mr. Andrew Lang’s books of fairy tales would be but a dull affair. This one is “ The Crimson Fairy Book „, made up of some three dozen tales chosen, as in previous collections, from the folk-lore of all nations, and adapted and translated mainly by Mrs. Lang.

The Crimson Fairy Book

The Crimson Fairy Book

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The Crimson Fairy Book.

ISBN: 9783849673024.

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Andrew Lang’s Fairy Books (from Wikipedia):

Andrew Lang’s Fairy Books are a series of twenty-five collections of true and fictional stories for children, published between 1889 and 1913. The best known books of the series are the twelve collections of fairy tales, known as Andrew Lang’s „Coloured“ Fairy Books or Andrew Lang’s Fairy Books of Many Colors. In all, the volumes feature 798 stories, besides the 153 poems in The Blue Poetry Book.

Andrew Lang (1844–1912) was a Scots poet, novelist, and literary critic. As acknowledged in the prefaces, although Lang himself made most of the selections, his wife and other translators did a large portion of the translating and retelling of the actual stories. Four of the later volumes (from 1908 to 1912) were published as by „Mrs. Lang“. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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The Animal Story Book

The Animal Story Book – Andrew Lang

If anyone believes that style does not appeal to the young readers, let him open Mr. Andrew Langs „The Animal Story Book“, and read to any intelligent child of nine years Dumas‘ description of Mysouf I., Mysouf II., and Pritchard, and note how soon Dumas becomes a living personality to the child. Then let him turn and read, out of the same book, the account of “ Cowper and his Hares.“ Bess and Puss and Tiney were doubtless as interesting in their way as the dogs and cats and monkeys owned by Dumas; but the child does not care for them – he begs you to read more from Dumas. Young as the child is, Dumas has cast a spell around him – the spell of a sparkling and animated style. Mr. Lang’s “ Animal Story Book “ ought to delight both old and young, as one may find therein pen-portraits of most of the remarkable animals that have interested the world since primitive times. And because authors are, as a class, peculiarly fond of animals, the reader of this charming book is brought into intimate relations with Pliny, Théophile Gautier, and many other remarkable men. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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The World Of Homer

The World Of Homer – Andrew Lang

In the perpetual running fight about the Homeric Homer, Mr. Andrew Lang has been for some years a most prominent champion. In his latest return to the fray, “ The World of Homer “ (Jazzybee Publishing), he lays about him in a very joyous and triumphant mood. His foemen are all those who hold, in some form or other, that “ the Iliad is a mosaic produced by a long series of Ionian additions to an Achaean ‚ kernel.‘ “ Against them he maintains that “ the Iliad is, in the main, the work of a single poet, as is shown by the unity of thought, temper, character and ethos “ ; that it is “ a work of one brief period, because it bears all the notes of one age, and is absolutely free from the most marked traits of religion, rites, society, and superstition that characterise the preceding Aegean, and the later ‚ Dipylon,‘ Ionian, Archaic, and historic periods in Greek life and art“ Homer is an Achaean poet, composing for Achaean auditors at a time when „the glow of Aegean (late Minoan, Mycenean) culture still flushed the sky.“ In support of his contention he writes nearly three hundred pages under such captions as „The Homeric World in War,“ „Homer and Ionia“ „Bronze and Iron,“ „Burial and the Future Life,“ and „The Great Discrepancies.“ It goes without saying that the argumentation is serious. Some historians have long been in accord with Mr. Lang’s principal views, while differing from him about many details ; but from friend and foe alike the book deserves attention. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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The Violet Fairy Book

The Violet Fairy Book – Andrew Lang

There are still unused colors in the spectrum, and Mr. Andrew Lang’s „The Violet Fairy Book“ has the merits of its predecessors, with some of its own added. Doubtless the stories suitable for inclusion in these volumes are innumerable, but the later books show the tendency to go farther and farther afield. Many of those in this book are from African and Romanian sources, and of much interest and worth.

The Violet Fairy Book

The Violet Fairy Book

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The Violet Fairy Book.

ISBN: 9783849673192.

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Andrew Lang’s Fairy Books (from Wikipedia):

Andrew Lang’s Fairy Books are a series of twenty-five collections of true and fictional stories for children, published between 1889 and 1913. The best known books of the series are the twelve collections of fairy tales, known as Andrew Lang’s „Coloured“ Fairy Books or Andrew Lang’s Fairy Books of Many Colors. In all, the volumes feature 798 stories, besides the 153 poems in The Blue Poetry Book. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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The Book Of Saints And Heroes

The Book Of Saints And Heroes – Andrew Lang

A noted non-Catholic writer on pedagogical subjects stated some time ago that if his own religious body had the wealth of story contained in the lives of the saints of the Catholic Church, it would be abundantly supplied with religious literature for children. It is true that the lives of the saints are an inexhaustible treasure-house for all that will interest and stimulate children; and that the same treasure-house is too seldom drawn upon. Its riches are, comparatively speaking, little known to our children or, indeed, to our older folks. A book that taps this vein of Catholic inheritance is: The Book of Saints and Heroes, by Mrs. Lang, and edited by the late Andrew Lang. Needless to say the work is admirably well written, and no child, even though tired, would think of sleep while the story of Jerome and the Lion, or Francis and the Wolf of Agobio, was being read. Here is all that will arouse the imagination, fascinate the mind, and instill that romantic love of heroic deeds which, in turn, is so powerful a stimulus to virtue. The book is most richly and tastefully illustrated with page drawings, many of them beautifully colored. The author has combined legend and history, and has sought to give us an interesting story book. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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The Book Of Dreams And Ghosts

The Book Of Dreams And Ghosts – Andrew Lang

It has been known for some time that Mr. Lang has added ghosts to his hobbies. In the volume before us, “ The Book of Dreams and Ghosts,“ Mr. Lang offers a large collection of ghost stories old and new, and his opinions on „appearances.“ As far as we can gather Mr. Lang’s attitude from these pages, which have much of the vagueness of expression that goes with memoirs of the supernatural, he disbelieves in traditional ghosts, the ghosts that do things-but wishes it were otherwise. Like all persons of poetical or romantic temperament, he would prefer to believe in them. They would make life so much more interesting and exciting.

The Book Of Dreams And Ghosts

The Book Of Dreams And Ghosts

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The Book Of Dreams And Ghosts.

ISBN: 9783849673987.

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Short biography of Andrew Lang (from Wikipedia):

Lang was born in Selkirk. He was the eldest of the eight children born to John Lang, the town clerk of Selkirk, and his wife Jane Plenderleath Sellar, who was the daughter of Patrick Sellar, factor to the first duke of Sutherland. On 17 April 1875, he married Leonora Blanche Alleyne, youngest daughter of C. T. Alleyne of Clifton and Barbados. She was (or should have been) variously credited as author, collaborator, or translator of Lang’s Color/Rainbow Fairy Books which he edited. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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Historical Mysteries

Historical Mysteries – Andrew Lang

A collection of 12 essays on historical mysteries. Contents:

The Case Of Elizabeth Canning
The Murder Of Escovedo
The Campden Mystery
The Case Of Allan Breck
The Cardinal’s Necklace
The Mystery Of Kaspar Hauser
The Gowrie Conspiracy
… and more …

Historical Mysteries

Historical Mysteries

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Historical Mysteries.

ISBN: 9783849674267.

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Short biography of Andrew Lang (from Wikipedia):

Lang was born in Selkirk. He was the eldest of the eight children born to John Lang, the town clerk of Selkirk, and his wife Jane Plenderleath Sellar, who was the daughter of Patrick Sellar, factor to the first duke of Sutherland. On 17 April 1875, he married Leonora Blanche Alleyne, youngest daughter of C. T. Alleyne of Clifton and Barbados. She was (or should have been) variously credited as author, collaborator, or translator of Lang’s Color/Rainbow Fairy Books which he edited.

He was educated at Selkirk Grammar School, Loretto, and at the Edinburgh Academy, St Andrews University and at Balliol College, Oxford, where he took a first class in the final classical schools in 1868, becoming a fellow and subsequently honorary fellow of Merton College. He soon made a reputation as one of the most able and versatile writers of the day as a journalist, poet, critic, and historian. In 1906, he was elected FBA. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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The Iliad Of Homer

The Iliad Of Homer – Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang, assisted by Walter Leaf and Ernest Myers, has put the old Greek epos into contemporary English prose. The subject of the Iliad, as the first line proclaims, is the “anger of Achilles.” The manner in which this subject is worked out will appear from the following summary in which we distinguish (1) the plot, i.e. the story of the quarrel, (2) the main course of the war, which forms a sort of underplot, and (3) subordinate episodes.

The Iliad Of Homer

The Iliad Of Homer

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The Iliad Of Homer.

ISBN: 9783849675158.

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Short biography of Andrew Lang (from Wikipedia):

Lang was born in Selkirk. He was the eldest of the eight children born to John Lang, the town clerk of Selkirk, and his wife Jane Plenderleath Sellar, who was the daughter of Patrick Sellar, factor to the first duke of Sutherland. On 17 April 1875, he married Leonora Blanche Alleyne, youngest daughter of C. T. Alleyne of Clifton and Barbados. She was (or should have been) variously credited as author, collaborator, or translator of Lang’s Color/Rainbow Fairy Books which he edited. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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The Mystery Of Mary Stuart

The Mystery Of Mary Stuart – Andrew Lang

Mr. Lang does not claim to have said the lastword in the tragedy of Mary Stuart. She and Marie Antoinette will probably continue to furnish „copy“ for ages to come. As long as the „copy‘ is given to us in the manner of this book it will continue to be welcome. Pictures of the dramatis persona; of the Mystery give a brilliant impression of the ethics of the period following the Reformation in Scotland. The examination of much new material and the careful investigation of all documents bearing on the case add historic value to the book. Mr. Lang forms no conclusions; the „Mystery“ is not unveiled, but the fascinating Queen stands before us in all the charm of her beauty and misfortune, surrounded by her treacherous and unruly nobles, and on finishing the book we feel that we have sat at the trial by an impartial court of justice, that was never accorded her in her lifetime, and can act as judge and jury for ourselves, resting assured that we have heard all the evidence in the case. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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