The Yellow Fairy Book

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Courier Dover Publications, 1966 - Juvenile Fiction - 321 pages
19 Reviews
The Yellow Fairy Book is a wonderful collection of tales from all over the world. There are such familiar old favorites as the "Story of the Emperor's New Clothes," "The Tinder-box," "How to Tell a True Princess," and "The Nightingale." There are less familiar tales by Madame d'Aulnoy and from the collections of Andersen and Grimm. Many tales come from Hungary, Poland, and Russia, and there are German, French, and English stories, too. There are traditional tales of the American Indians, and three others come from Iceland. All in all, this collection contains 48 stories, all narrated in the clear, lively prose for which Lang was famous. Not only are Lang's generally conceded to be the best English versions of standard stories, his collections are the richest and widest in range.
  

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Review: The Yellow Fairy Book (Coloured Fairy Books #4)

User Review  - Josh Parr - Goodreads

All the Lang books are required reading. Pre- Joseph Campbell panoramas of history's imagination. Great illustrations and grittier lessons than any Disney wants to teach. Read full review

Review: The Yellow Fairy Book (Coloured Fairy Books #4)

User Review  - Sara - Goodreads

Just read this recently, as an adult, and have to admit I was disappointed. Still great resource but found the stories redundant and oddly boring... Read full review

Contents

The Cat and the Mouse in The Dead Wife
149
The Six Swans 4 The White Duck
155
The Dragon of the North 9 The Witch and her Servants
161
Story of the Emperors New The Magic Ring
178
The Golden Crab 26 ter
192
The Iron Stoce 82 The Flying Ship
198
The Dragon and his Grand The Snowdaughter and
206
The Little Green Frog 50 The Death of the Sunhero
213
How Six Men travelled The Swineherd
249
The Wizard King 100 The Blue Mountains
256
The Nixy 108 The Tinderbox
265
The Glass Mountain Ill The Witch in the Stone Boat
274
Alphege or the Green Thumbelina
279
Hcrmod and Hadvor
301
The Three Brothers 134 The Steadfast Tinsoldier
308
The Glass Axe 141 needle
319

The Grateful Beasts 64 The Hazelnut Child
222
The Crow 92 Prince King
237

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About the author (1966)

Andrew Lang was born at Selkirk in Scotland on March 31, 1844. He was a historian, poet, novelist, journalist, translator, and anthropologist, in connection with his work on literary texts. He was educated at Edinburgh Academy, St. Andrews University, and Balliol College, Oxford University, becoming a fellow at Merton College. His poetry includes Ballads and Lyrics of Old France (1872), Ballades in Blue China (1880--81), and Grass of Parnassus (1888--92). His anthropology and his defense of the value of folklore as the basis of religion is expressed in his works Custom and Myth (1884), Myth, Ritual and Religion (1887), and The Making of Religion (1898). He also translated Homer and critiqued James G. Frazer's views of mythology as expressed in The Golden Bough. He was considered a good historian, with a readable narrative style and knowledge of the original sources including his works A History of Scotland (1900-7), James VI and the Gowrie Mystery (1902), and Sir George Mackenzie (1909). He was one of the most important collectors of folk and fairy tales. His collections of Fairy books, including The Blue Fairy Book, preserved and handed down many of the better-known folk tales from the time. He died of angina pectoris on July 20, 1912.

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