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Andrew Lang (March, 31, 1844 July 20, 1912) was a Scottish writer and literary critic who is best known as a collector of folk and fairy tales. Lang s academic interests extended beyond the literary and he was a noted contributor to the fields of anthropology, folklore, psychical research, history, and classic scholarship, as well as the inspiration for the University of St. Andrew s Andrew Lang Lectures. A prolific author, Lang published more than 100 works during his career, including twelve fairy books, in which he compiled folk and fairy tales from around the world. Lang s Lilac Fairy and Red Fairy books are credited with influencing J. R. R. Tolkien, who commented on the importance of fairy stories in the modern world in his 1939 Andrew Lang Lecture On Fairy-Stories. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (November 20, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440470057
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440470059
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,671,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Heidi Anne Heiner VINE VOICE on April 6, 2000
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Andrew Lang was one of the first editors to collect multicultural fairy tales into one volume for readers. The Crimson Fairy Book offers tales from many lands. Included tales are How to find out a True Friend, The Language of Beasts, The Ambitious Tailor, Clever Maria, The Colony of Cats, How the Beggar Boy turned into Count Piro, and many others. The Blue Fairy Book is still the most popular with the best known tales, but look here for lesser known tales.
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I'd heard a lot about this series, but I wasn't sure if the language would be too antiquated for my kids, so I downloaded a few of them at google, fell madly in love, and bought some...I won't be happy till I've got the whole series in my collection, because each one of the "color fairy" books is more fabulous than the one before it!

Really, if you love traditional fairy tales and fables, you'll love these. By the way, did you know that "SNOW WHITE" had a name change? She was originally called "SnowDrop". Theres all sorts of lovely details like that in these books, and I love being able to tell my children some of the original charming details of stories that they know and love. We don't have much in the way of "oral traditions" in our society, but these are a step in the right direction. Originally, these were all collected from oral fables from all over the world, and like "brothers Grimm", Lang introduced America to some now beloved stories for the first time.

And the illustrations by H.J. Ford (his "Thumbelina" drawings are some of my alltime fave illustrations!) are GORGEOUS ink w ornate victorian styling. Really bring the stories to life with princesses and fairy coaches pulled by doves, funny ogres and bewitched royals hexed into all manner of beasts. Really worth it, and the whole series of "Color Fairy" books are a fantastic addition to library of kidlets and adults with a whimsical side...and a MUST for any artist!

Don't miss out on adding these to your library. If you've only ever seen modern versions of these tales, you're really missing out! Plus, there are many stories here that I'd never heard before...they're all but lost to history. Check out the pdf forms at google if you'd like to see some more illustrations, or even read some text.
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The Crimson Fairy book is just another superb fairy tale book edited by Andrew Lang. Unlike most of the Fairy books edited by Lang this one has color illustrations as well as black and white. This book contains 45 black and white, and 8 color illustrations. Along with the illustrations are the stories, ranging in length from a couple pages to almost twenty. There are 36 stories including: The Story of the Seven Simons, The Boy Who Could Keep a Secret, Tiidu the Piper,Paperarello, The Cottager and his Cat, Eisenkopf, The Three Robes, Shepherd Paul, The Magic Kettle, and more.
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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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This Andrew Lang fairy tales came recommended by a prominent writer, at a recent workshop.

In a series of fairy tales first published in 1890, Andrew Lang, as editor, reveals fairy tales from around the world. Some of these seem familiar, and are not the politically correct stories you might read elsewhere.

Instead, they offer metaphors where the hero and heroine might undergo tremendous ordeals, yet somehow, their character find the resilience, and resources for ultimate success.

As such you might find these stories very useful, if telling them to a child. You may also find them useful to you as an adult. I certainly enjoy them.

If you boogle online, you can read and print some of these stories at a myth folklore site. This also lists complete contents of the various books to help you with your choice.

If you are confused about which book to buy first, the most familiar stories are in the blue book.

In the Crimson, I enjoyed the various stories I have read so far, such as: Ilonka, Lucky Luck, and Gifts of the Magician.

If you're like me, the difficulty you may encounter is not with the book, but with the publisher. I highly recommend the books on AMAZON by Boomer Books. These have slightly larger print, which I am more comfortable reading, as I wear bifocals. You can add the word boomer to your search.

The blue book I purchased is slightly smaller print which I find more difficult to read.
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