Fairy Land we cannot expect to find a second Perrault. But there are good stories enough left, and it is hoped that some in the Red Fairy Book may have the attraction of being less familiar than many of the old friends. The tales have been translated, or, in the case of those from Madame d Aumoy slong stories, adapted, by Mrs. Hunt from the Norse, by Miss Minnie Wright from Madame d Aulnoy, by Mrs. Lang and Miss Bruce from other French sources, by Miss May Sellar, Miss Farquharson, and Miss Blackley from the German, while the story of Sigurd is condensed by the Editor from Mr. William Morris sprose version of the Volsunga Saga. The Editor has to thank his friend, M. Charles Marelles, for permission to reproduce his versions of the Pied Piper, of Drakestail, and of Little Golden Hood from the French, and M. Henri Carnoy for the same privilege in regard to The Six Sillies from La Tradition. Lady Frances Balfour has kindly copied an old version of Jack and the Beanstalk, and Messrs. Smith and Elder have permitted the publication of two of Mr. Balston sversions from the Russian. A. L.
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Lang was born in Selkirk. He was the eldest of the eight children born to John Lang, the town clerk of Selkirk, and his wife Jane Plenderleath Sellar, who was the daughter of Patrick Sellar, factor to the first duke of Sutherland. On 17 April 1875, he married Leonora Blanche Alleyne, youngest daughter of C. T. Alleyne of Clifton and Barbados. She was (or should have been) variously credited as author, collaborator, or translator of Lang's Color/Rainbow Fairy Books which he edited.
He was educated at Selkirk Grammar School, Loretto, and at the Edinburgh Academy, St Andrews University and at Balliol College, Oxford, where he took a first class in the final classical schools in 1868, becoming a fellow and subsequently honorary fellow of Merton College. He soon made a reputation as one of the most able and versatile writers of the day as a journalist, poet, critic, and historian. In 1906, he was elected FBA.
He died of angina pectoris at the Tor-na-Coille Hotel in Banchory, Banchory, survived by his wife. He was buried in the cathedral precincts at St Andrews.
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Book Description Fine Communications, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1567310605
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