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The Red Fairy Bookby Andrew Lang
Synopses & Reviews
Experience great adventures in the company of Kings and Queens, talking animals and magical creatures in the fourth stunning volume
A cat had made acquaintance with a mouse, and had spoken so much of the great love and friendship she felt for her, that at last the Mouse consented to live in the same house with her, and to go shares in the housekeeping. 'But we must provide for the winter or else we shall suffer hunger,' said the Cat. 'You, little Mouse, cannot venture everywhere in case you run at last into a trap.'
First published in 1894, this extensive fairy tale anthology was edited by Andrew Lang, a pioneering author and critic. By bringing together folk tales from all over the world and having them translated into English, many for the first time, he was able to create rich and varied collections of stories, opening readers' eyes to a whole world of magical possibility overseas. Adults and children alike will enjoy the old favorites in this collection such as "The Emperor's New Clothes" along with the unsung gems such as "The Snow-Daughter and The Fire-Son" and "In the Land of Souls". The stories come from as far afield as Iceland and Greece and from such differing sources as Native American oral tradition and the Brothers Grimm.
Heroes and villains, monsters and spirits adorn the pages of Andrew Lang's third collection of fairy tales
There was once upon a time a castle in the middle of a thick wood where lived an old woman quite alone, for she was an enchantress. In the daytime she changed herself into a cat or a night-owl, but in the evening she became like an ordinary woman again. She could entice animals and birds to come to her, and then she would kill and cook them. If a pretty girl came within her boundary, the old enchantress changed her into a bird, and shut her up in a wicker cage. She had quite seven thousand of such cages in the castle with very rare birds in them.
Andrew Lang's famous legacy of fairy books is here continued with the publication of the third title. Purchased and read all over the world, Langs books proved tremendously popular when first published and the spellbinding stories resonate to this day. This beautiful volume features renditions of old favorites such as "The Story of the Three Bears," "The Three Little Pigs," "The Magic Swan," and "The Story of the Fisherman and His Wife" along with some perhaps less well-known titles such as "The Enchanted Snake" and "Jack my Hedgehog."
Dancing princesses, golden eggs, and evil knights are found in this second volume of Andrew Lang's fairy tales gathered in the late 19th century
Once upon a time, in the middle of winter when the snow-flakes were falling like feathers on the earth, a Queen sat at a window framed in black ebony and sewed. And as she sewed and gazed out to the white landscape, she pricked her finger with the needle, and three drops of blood fell on the snow outside…
Andrew Lang began gathering fairy tales with the aim of conserving "the old stories that have pleased so many generations." This bold and eclectic anthology contains wonderful renditions of old favorites such as Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel, as well as some little-known stories like The Death of Koschei the Deathless and The Nettle Spinner. Be transported to a land full of marvels and magic: a world of enchanted forests and isolated castles; of giants, fairies, and trolls; of treasure, music, and promise. Andrew Lang's fairy books helped to lay the foundation for our continuing fascination with fairy tales as entertainment and cultural objects. The book is republished here with a stunning red jacket, accompanied throughout by the original illustrations.
About the Author
Andrew Lang (1844-1912) was a novelist, journalist, poet, and literary critic best known for his collections of fairy tales known as The Fairy Books.
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