Andrew Lang (1844-1912) was a brilliant Scottish scholar, man of letters, and serious student of folklore. His series of "fairy books" is generally regarded as among the richest collections in the English language. Gathered from around the world -- from Norse and Icelandic sources, from the Far East, Mideast, Europe, Africa, Australia, and many other areas -- these books not only introduced generations of youngsters to the enchanting world of fairyland but gave adults an opportunity to return to the wonderful realm of make-believe.This delightful selection of six popular tales from Lang's Blue Fairy Book includes charming versions of "Cinderella," "The Bronze Ring," "Felicia and the Pot of Pinks," "The White Cat," "The Story of Pretty Goldilocks," and "Snow-white and Rose-red." New illustrations by Marty Noble capture all the romance and magic of these time-honored tales.Reset in large, easy-to-read type, these perennial favorites will delight today's young audiences just as they enthralled readers when first published over a century ago.
Andrew Lang is known for being a poet, novelist, literary critic, and student of anthropology. He is most famous for his folk stories and fairy tales. "Poetry begins, as Aristotle says, in improvisation. <P> <P> Every man is his own poet, and, in moments of strong motion, expresses himself in song. " Lang goes on to say that poetry was once looked at only in a local sense but now poetry from all over the world is compared and studied. Ballard may evolve into fairy tales and from there into a more advanced literary work. The ballads in this collection were chosen for their romantic charm and for the Border raids they record. A few of the ballads in this work include. Sir Patrick Spens -- Battle Of Otterbourne -- Tam Lin -- Thomas The Rhymer -- "Sir Hugh; Or The Jew's Daughter" -- Son Davie! Son Davie! -- The Wife Of Usher's Well -- The Twa Corbies -- The Bonnie Earl Moray -- Clerk Saunders - and Waly, Waly.
Here are the best-loved legends of the Round Table, recounted by one of the world's great storytellers: how the young Arthur pulled the sword from the stone to become king, how he acquired the sword Excalibur, the beginnings of the Round Table, the passing of Merlin, and many more. 28 black-and-white illustrations.
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