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Winding Oak's Bookology Magazine

Lang, Andrew

Andrew Lang Olive Fairy Book
Violet Fairy Book Yellow Fairy Book

Andrew Lang, English scholar and a man of letters and poetry, was born on March 31st in 1844 in Selkirk, Scotland. Lang is best known for his “Fairies collection,” a series of European fairy tales for children titled by different colors, such as The Red Fairy Book and The Violet Fairy Book.

Andrew Lang wrote prose translations of the ancient Greek epic poems, the Odyssey, in 1879, with S. H. Butcher and the Iliad, in 1882, with E. J. Myers and Walter Leaf; both are considered to be among the best ever written. He died in 1912.

A quote from Andrew Lang’s The Library is, “A book is a friend whose face is constantly changing. If you read it when you are recovering from an illness, and return to it years after, it is changed surely, with the change in yourself.”

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