Andrew Lang


Born
in Selkirk, The Borders, Scotland
March 31, 1844

Died
July 20, 1912

Genre

Influences


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.

The Young Scholar and Journalist
Andrew Gabriel Lang grew up in Selkirk in the Scottish Borders, the son of the town clerk and the eldest of eight children. The wild and beautiful landscape of his childhood had a great effect on the young Lang and inspired in him not only a life-long love of the outdoors but a fascination with local folklore and history. The Borders is an area rich in history and he grew up surrounded by tales of Bonnie Prince Charlie and Robert the Bruce. Amongst his many later literary achievements was his Short History of Scotl
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“He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts... for support rather than illumination.”
Andrew Lang

“Young men, especially in America, write to me and ask me to recommend “a course of reading.” Distrust a course of reading! People who really care for books read all of them. There is no other course.”
Andrew Lang, Adventures Among Books

“You can cover a great deal of country in books. ”
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September 2016 Juvenile Genre BOM: Myths, Fables, & Fairy Tales

At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald
At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald
Published in 1871
A Victorian fairy tale that has enchanted readers for more than a hundred years: the magical story of Diamond, the son of a poor coachman, who is swept away by the North Wind -- a radiant, maternal spirit with long, flowing hair -- and whose life is transformed by a brief glimpse of the beautiful country -- at the back of the north wind. It combines a Dickensian regard for the working class of mid-19th-century England with the invention of an ethereal landscape.

 
  3 votes, 60.0%

The Red Fairy Book (Fairy Books) by Andrew Lang
The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
Published in 1890
Dancing princesses, golden eggs, and evil knights are found in this second volume of Andrew Lang's fairy tales gathered in the late 19th century
Once upon a time, in the middle of winter when the snow-flakes were falling like feathers on the earth, a Queen sat at a window framed in black ebony and sewed. And as she sewed and gazed out to the white landscape, she pricked her finger with the needle, and three drops of blood fell on the snow outside…
Andrew Lang began gathering fairy tales with the aim of conserving "the old stories that have pleased so many generations." This bold and eclectic anthology contains wonderful renditions of old favorites such as Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel, as well as some little-known stories like The Death of Koschei the Deathless and The Nettle Spinner. Be transported to a land full of marvels and magic: a world of enchanted forests and isolated castles; of giants, fairies, and trolls; of treasure, music, and promise. Andrew Lang's fairy books helped to lay the foundation for our continuing fascination with fairy tales as entertainment and cultural objects.

 
  2 votes, 40.0%

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