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Red Fairy Book (Twelve-Point) Hardcover – September 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Series: Twelve-Point
  • Hardcover: 365 pages
  • Publisher: North Books (September 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582870632
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582870632
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,812,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andrew Lang (31 March 1844 – 20 July 1912) was a Scots poet, novelist, literary critic, and contributor to the field of anthropology. He is best known as a collector of folk and fairy tales. The Andrew Lang lectures at the University of St Andrews are named after him. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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All of Lang's fairy tale books are great even with the somewhat outmoded language.
Wendy Guion
With twelve of these books, with between 30 and 36 stories in each book, this gives one about 400 different stories.
B. Marold
Anyways I found it and started to read it, and I must say it is the best fairy tale book I own.
Karl Haikara

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Elena on July 25, 2001
Format: Paperback
The 'Red Fairy Book was one of my first fairy tale books I read and I loved it. It's full of imaginative and diffrent fairy tales from all over the world. Such as "The True History of Little Goldenhood " and "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" {my personal favorite}. This book contains thirty-seven tales that will keep you entranced and send you to new lands for days un-end of enjoyment. The numerous and beatiful pen and ink illustrations are done by Henry J. Ford and Lancelot Speed. The 'Red Fairy book' is only one of the numerous books Andrew Lang has put together. Such as the 'Yellow Fairy Book' and the 'Lilac Fairy Book'. Of what I discovered this book is the best one out of them. So if your trying to decide wich one to purchase I reccomend this one!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By B. Marold HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on August 29, 2009
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In the late 19th century, historian, scholar, and anthropologist, Andrew Lang, began publishing collections of fairy tales from around the world. The first volume was `The Blue Fairy Book' published in 1887. Lang was not a true ethnologist, like the German Brothers Grimm. He was far more the `translator' than collector of tales from the source, stories transcribed from being told by people to whom the tales were passed down by word of mouth. In fact, many stories in his first volume, such as Rumpelstiltskin; Snow White; Sleeping Beauty; Cinderella; and Hansel and Gretel were translated from Grimm's books of fairy tales. Some of his `fairy tales' were even `copied from relatively recent fantasy fiction, such as A Voyage to Lilliput, the first of the four episodes in Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels.
My inspiration for commenting Lang's series of fairy tale books is for the sheer quantity of tales, the wonderful woodcut illustrations, some few of which may have become almost as popular as the tales (although not quite in the same league as Sir John Tenniel's illustrations for Lewis Carroll's great fantasies), and the fact that I had these when I was young.
With twelve of these books, with between 30 and 36 stories in each book, this gives one about 400 different stories. If I were to recommend anything as standard equipment at a grandparents' house, it would be a complete set of these books.
Needless to say, there are a few `warnings' to accompany books assembled over 100 years ago. You will encounter a fair number of words with which even an adult may be unfamiliar, let alone a five year old. For example, on the second page of The Princess Mayblossom in The Red Fairy Book, a character puts sulfur in a witch's porridge. This requires at least three explanations.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 6, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book was handed down to my family when I was a very little girl in the early 60s. It was a time of a television explosion of cartoons and children's programming, but my favorite times were when my mom would read from the Red Fairy Book to me and my sisters. The book is comprised of approximately 20 short fairy tales from far northern Europe-Sweden, Germany, and Northern Britain. The stories always had good or evil family members, royalty, and of course monsters. But what lured us little girls to these stories was the style they were told in, wierd and twisted, from lands we knew nothing about. Trying to buy this book last year, all I ran across was a paperback version and it had been revised. Some stories were cut out and a couple new ones were put in. DOES ANYONE KNOW IF THIS VERSION IS THE ORIGINAL???? OURS WAS LOST.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is one of my favorites, and by far my favorite fairy tale book. It includes fairy tales from different countries, ones that are hard to find otherwise and are close to their original first telling. It shows that they truly researched and worked hard to come up with something so full of wonderful tales. The way in which they are written adds to the storytelling, and is hard to find anymore.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
When I was in third grade, my school had the Red, Blue, and Yellow Faerie books, and as I was an avid reader I read all 3 of them. The one I continued to check-out and reread over and over again however was The Red Fairy Book. I have fond memories of many hours spent turning the pages of this book, and admittedly, it could be that I am looking back thru rose colored spectacles, it made such an impression on me that I am now collecting the whole fairy book series.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Karl Haikara on July 4, 2002
Format: Paperback
I originally heard about the Red Fairy Book in the Annotated Hobbit, it was listed as one of J.R.R. Tolkiens influance's.
Anyways I found it and started to read it, and I must say it is the best fairy tale book I own. It's much more lush and interesting than Grimms, though Grimm is great, this book is so far my favorite.
Quite possibly the best fairy tale book ever written.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ran Bar Zik on January 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
As Tolkien's enthusiastic, I read The Red Fairy Book because I wanted to know about Tolkien's early influences.

Andrew Lang's books were the first books that Tolkien ever read, he owned The Red Fairy Book and even after long time he remembered it fondly.

If you are searching for Tolkien in this book you will not be disappointed. You will find there the source for the name of Pippin for instance, you will find in the stories grains of ideas and themes that later found themselves in LOTR.

But you will find there more than just LOTR references. You will find great stories, some of them a little naive for the cynical reader, but all of them interesting. Even if you are adult, this book will conquer you completely. This is a book for all the members of the family. You will love it and your children will love it. Some of the stories are suitable for very small children to read to them before bedtime.

If you are searching for so called "sophisticated" books, this book is not for you. It contained simple stories, some of them with moral and it is lacking complex motives and emotions, after all, it is fairy tales.
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