The Book of Romance

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Andrew Lang
Kessinger Publishing, May 1, 2004 - Fiction - 416 pages
1927. While best known for his translations of classical literature and as a collector of folk and fairy tales, Lang also wrote poetry, biographies, histories, novels, literary criticisms and even children's books. Contents: The Drawing of the Sword; The Questing Beast; The Sword Excalibur; The Story of Sir Balin; How the Round Table began; The Passing of Merlin; How Morgan Le Fay tried to kill King Arthur; What Beaumains asked of the King; The Quest of the Holy Graal; The Fight for the Queen; The Fair Maid of Astolat; Lancelot and Guenevere; The End of it All; The Battle of Roncevalles; The Pursuit of Diarmid; Some Adventures of William Short Nose; Wayland the Smith; The Story of Robin Hood; and The Story of Grettir the Strong. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.

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About the author (2004)

Andrew Lang's activities extended far beyond folklore. He was a historian, poet, journalist, translator, and anthropologist, in connection with his work on literary texts. Lang was born at Selkirk in Scotland and 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---his most influential work---is expressed in 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 (e.g., History of Scotland [1900--7], James VI and the Gowrie Mystery [1902], and Sir George Mackenzie [1909]). In addition, he wrote some novels, not well thought of today; however, his critiques of contemporary novels are still highly regarded. Lang's popularity was established with his collections of "Fairy" books, which were always titled with a color, such as The Blue Fairy Book. These books preserved and handed down many of the better-known folk tales from the time; however, his use of the term "fairy" to cover all kinds of folk tales continues to plague scholars, who generally distinguish between the terms "fairy" and "folk," judging fairy tales to be more of a fanciful creation and less grounded in cultural experiences, customs, and beliefs.

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