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).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Andrew Lang: Selected full-text books and articles

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