The Lilac Fairy Book (Golden Classics #69) (Paperback)

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By Success Oceo (Editor), Andrew Lang
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This is book number 69 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."

The Lilac Fairy Book contains stories from Portugal, Ireland, Wales, and points East and West.

The Shifty Lad

The False Prince and 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


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.

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: 9781544711478
ISBN-10: 1544711476
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: March 14th, 2017
Pages: 174
Language: English
Series: Golden Classics