Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang, 1844–1912, English scholar and man of letters, b. Scotland. His poetry, much of it written in the forms of ballades, triolets, and rondeaux, appeared in such volumes as his Ballads in Blue China (2 vol., 1880–81). Lang was one of the first to apply anthropological findings to the study of myth and folklore; his best work in this field was Myth, Literature, and Religion (1887, rev. ed. 1899). He is known for his prose translations of the Odyssey (with S. H. Butcher, 1879), and the Iliad (with Walter Leaf and Ernest Myers, 1883), and for his defense of the unity of Homer in The World of Homer (1910). With his wife, Leonora Blanche Lang, he translated and adapted traditional stories for children, published in his Blue Fairy Book (1889) and others. Lang also wrote literary and art criticism, a biography of J. G. Lockhart (1896), and several works on Scottish history, culminating in his History of Scotland (4 vol., 1900–1907). His poetical works were edited (1923) by his wife.

See biography by R. L. Green (1946, repr. 1973).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Andrew Lang: A Critical Biography with a Short-Title Bibliography of the Works of Andrew Lang
Roger Lancelyn Green.
Edmund Ward, 1946
FREE! Adventures among Books
Andrew Lang.
Longmans, Green, and Co., 1905
The Red Fairy Book
Andrew Lang; H. J. Ford; Lancelot Speed.
Longmans, Green, 1948 (Revised edition)
FREE! Yellow Fairy Book
Andrew Lang; H. J. Ford.
Longmans, Green, 1908
FREE! Old Friends: Essays in Epistolary Parody
Andrew Lang.
Longmans, Green, and Co., 1890
The Violet Fairy Book
Andrew Lang; Dorothy Lake Gregory.
Longmans, Green, 1946
FREE! Homer and the Epic
Andrew Lang.
Longmans Green, 1893
FREE! Letters on Literature
Andrew Lang.
Longmans Green, 1893
FREE! Letters to Dead Authors
Andrew Lang.
Charles Scribner's Sons, 1893
FREE! Essays in Little
Andrew Lang.
Charles Scribner's Sons, 1894
FREE! Aucassin and Nicolete
Andrew Lang.
T.B. Mosher, 1903
FREE! Shakespeare, Bacon, and the Great Unknown
Andrew Lang.
Longmans Green, 1912
FREE! The World of Homer
Andrew Lang.
Longmans Green, 1910
FREE! Ban and Arriere Ban: A Rally of Fugitive Rhymes
Andrew Lang.
Longmans, Green & Co., 1894
FREE! The Valet's Tragedy: And Other Studies
Andrew Lang.
Longmans, Green, and Co., 1903
FREE! New Collected Rhymes
Andrew Lang.
Longmans, 1905
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