The Grey Fairy Book (Golden Classics #63) (Paperback)

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By Success Oceo (Editor), Andrew Lang
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This is book number 63 in the Golden Classics series.


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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."

Thirty-five stories, many from oral traditions, and others from French, German and Italian collections.

Donkey Skin

The Goblin Pony

An Impossible Enchantment

The Story of Dschemil and Dschemila

Janni and the Draken

The Partnership of the Thief and the Liar

Fortunatus and his Purse

The Goat-faced Girl

What came of picking Flowers

The Story of Bensurdatu

The Magician's Horse

The Little Gray Man

Herr Lazarus and the Draken

The Story of the Queen of the Flowery Isles

Udea and her Seven Brothers

The White Wolf

Mohammed with the Magic Finger


The Dog and the Sparrow

The Story of the Three Sons of Hali

The Story of the Fair Circassians

The Jackal and the Spring

The Bear

The Sunchild

The Daughter of Buk Ettemsuch

Laughing Eye and Weeping Eye, or the Limping Fox

The Unlooked-for Prince

The Simpleton

The Street Musicians

The Twin Brothers


The Ogre

A Fairy's Blunder

Long, Broad, and Quickeye


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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781544708362
ISBN-10: 154470836X
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: March 14th, 2017
Pages: 170
Language: English
Series: Golden Classics