The Nursery Rhyme Book

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Courier Corporation, 1972 - Juvenile Fiction - 288 pages
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Nursery rhymes are the cornerstone of poetry and perhaps of wisdom itself, and the three hundred gems in this Andrew Lang collection are some of the best ever assembled. Rhymes about King Arthur, an old woman and her pig, Hector Protector, and more are grouped by Historical, Literal, Proverbs, Songs, Riddles, and other categories.

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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.

Leonard Leslie Brooke was born on September 24, 1862 in Birkenhead, England. He became a leading illustrator and author of children's books with watercolors and pen-and-ink line drawings after illustrating a nursery rhyme book for author Andrew Lang. Brooke married Sybil Diana Brooke and they had two sons, one of whom became British Home Secretary. Leonard passed away in 1940, leaving a lasting legacy as one of the most skillful and prolific illustrators and authors, of more than two dozen books.

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