Well for one, some of them were women. 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. Whilst other folklorists collected stories directly from source, Lang set about gathering those stories which had already been recorded. She and other translators did a large portion of the translating and retelling of the actual stories, as acknowledged in the prefaces. There are twelve books in the series, and once you have one you will want to collect them all.
Please join our mailing list for exclusive news and offers. Slight wear to gilt on front cover. The collections were specifically intended for children and were , as Lang explained in his prefaces. Or perhaps, Lang's pose is a kind of subterfuge. Spine small splits, bumped, rubbed to ends. I especially liked the Romanian, Serbian, and Japanese stories.
The ending is not a restoration, only a reminder. The series proved of great influence in children's literature, increasing the popularity of fairy tales over tales of real life. I marvelled at how uniquely told all of the tales within this collection are, some are known and others much more obscure. Others are stories about pets, or remarkable wild animals, or about hunting expeditions. But anything which might happen indoors, or any bit of news which her husband might bring in when he had been anywhere, had to be told at once to the whole village, and these tales were repeated and altered till it often happened that much mischief was made, and the old man's back paid for it.
This is possibly my favourite from the Andrew Lang Fairy Books. Some of the colour plates are missing or loose. Moving to London at the age of 31, already a published poet, he started working as a journalist. Possibly because the surroundings weren't properly described in some stories. Each volume is distinguished by its own color.
Andrew selected the tales for the first four books, while Nora took over the series thereafter. Gilt illustration to front cover. The Langs did not collect any fairy tales from , yet only they and 1651—1705 have collected tales from such a large variety of sources. . The beauty of the cherry blossom is in the ephemerality of the thing; so too, the impermanence of filial duty that touches the sentimental nerve The Prince Who Wanted to See the World Portuguese and The Grateful Prince Estonian, Kreutzwald features the more tradition style of transformation chase. I find out where the stories are, and advise, and, in short, superintend.
Lang's urge to gather and publish fairy tales was rooted in his own experience with the folk and fairy tales of his home territory along the English-Scottish border. Two filial versions appear here. I just really was looking forward to some consistency and good weird. The farm under the ground is essentially an uncanny reflection of the upper world, and so the impossible tasks set before the hero are only harder versions of normal farm chores feeding a horse, milking a cow, stacking the hay. However, as literary critic Anita Silvey noted, 'The irony of Lang's life and work is that although he wrote for a profession.
Somehow, I noticed it was quite easier for me to get drawn in and read the Violet Fairy Book without having to work at it, than it was for me to really get into the Red and I wonder if that had anything to do with when the works were written? The books captured the imagination of British children, and later became worldwide bestsellers in the 1880s and 1890s. Inscription and date inside with small picture of Andrew Lang. Many of the stories feature female heroines who are as capable of battling dragons and other monsters as any handsome prince. With numerous illustrations by H. Colour frontispiece with tissue guard, 7 colour plates, 25 full-page engraved plates, illustrations within the text. Between 1889 and 1910 they published twelve collections of fairy tales, each with a different coloured binding, with a total of 437 stories collected, edited and translated. Series Title: Responsibility: edited by Andrew Lang ; with numerous ill.
An exceptional set bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. Original lavish gilt pictorial cloth. Perhaps, in his dreams, a man may see a creature which has what it has not got, and has not got what it has. Ford The Violet Fairy Book — Illustrated by H. The book assembled a wide range of tales, with seven from the Brothers Grimm, five from Madame d'Aulnoy, three from the , and four , among other sources. 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.
As such, Lang's authorial erasure, and continued insistence then that these stories are suitable only for children may be an attempted neutralization of their social aims. Spine ends lightly bumped, faint marking to rear cover, else a very good, bright copy in the dust jacket, small chips at extremities, spine panel a little darkened, short tear at head of rear fold, a few faint soiling patches. The Fairy Books 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 travelled through France and Italy hearing local legends. His dry sense of humour, 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. I don't care what time period it was set it. However, many fairy tale collectors include tales with no strictly marvelous elements. A little bumping and wear to corners.
As usual with Lang's Fairy Books, this was a very enjoyable collection of fairy tales from around the world. Summary: A collection of 35 fairy tales, including The Three Princes And Their Beasts; The Story Of Three Wonderful Beggars; The Nine Pea-Hens And The Golden Apples; The History Of Dwarf Long Nose; The Story Of A Gazelle; The Finest Liar In The World; The Monkey And The Jelly-Fish; The Young Man Who Would Have His Eyes Opened; The Prince Who Wanted To See The World; The Maiden With The Wooden Helmet, and many more. Splits, frayed to front, and rear folds. The Blue Fairy Book was the first volume in the series, and so it contains some of the best known tales, taken from a variety of sources. The stories themselves weren't stellar, though like any collection there are a few you'll really enjoy and some you really won't. I love the diverse sources and the pretty illustrations. For one, the Fairy Books frequently contain adaptations of tales of a very well known literary origin see those from Marie d'Aulnoy or Hans Christian Andersen.