The Green Fairy Book

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Andrew Lang
The Floating Press, May 1, 2009 - Fiction - 566 pages
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The Fairy Books, or "Coloured" Fairy Books is a collection of fairy tales divided into twelve books, each associated with a different colour. Collected together by Andrew Land they are sourced from a number of different countries and were translated by Lang's wife and other translators who also retold many of the tales. The collection has been incalculably important and, although he did not source the stories himself direct from the oral tradition he can make claim to the first English translation of many. First published in 1892, The Green Fairy Bookis the 3rd volume in this series.
 

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I fondly remember borrowing this from the library as a child. It's still fun to read as an adult. Appreciate the preface and the appendixes, etc, much more now. Read full review

Contents

To the Friendly Reader
7
The Blue Bird
11
The HalfChick
54
The Story of Caliph Stork
62
The Enchanted Watch
81
Rosanella
90
Sylvain and Jocosa
99
Fairy Gifts
110
Puddocky from the German
351
The Story of Hok Lee and the Dwarfs
361
The Story of the Three Bears
370
Prince Vivien and the Princess Placida
377
Little OneEye Little TwoEyes and Little ThreeEyes
414
Jorinde and Joringel
426
Allerleirauh Or the ManyFurred Creature
431
The Twelve Huntsmen
440

Prince Narcissus and the Princess Potentilla
117
Prince Featherhead and the Princess Celandine
141
The Three Little Pigs
164
Heart of Ice
173
The Enchanted Ring
217
The SnuffBox
230
The Golden Blackbird
238
The Little Soldier
248
The Magic Swan
279
The Dirty Shepherdess
287
The Enchanted Snake
294
The Biter Bit
308
King Kojata from the Russian
322
Prince Fickle and Fair Helena from the German
342
Spindle Shuttle and Needle
446
The Crystal Coffin
452
The Three SnakeLeaves
462
The Riddle
468
Jack My Hedgehog
474
The Golden Lads
484
The White Snake
494
The Story of a Clever Tailor
502
The Golden Mermaid
508
The War of the Wolf and the Fox
522
The Story of the Fisherman and His Wife
530
The Three Musicians
547
The Three Dogs
558
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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.

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