There are twelve books of fairy tales I came across while searching for something different to read. They were compiled researched, translated and compiled by Andrew Lang (1844-1912) and his wife, Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang. The books were illustrated by Henry J. Ford. Andrew Lang, a Scotsman, was a literary critic, novelist, poet, and a contributor to the field of anthropology.
Each book, published between 1889-1910, is a color: “The Pink Fairy Book, “The Violet Fair Book,” “The Olive Fairy Book,” and so on. The colors do not coincide with the stories, but rather, they are just the colors of the book covers.
The sources for the tales came from traditions all over the world: German, French, Italian, Sicilian, Rhodesian, Japanese, and many more. Included are such favorites as “Snowflake,” “The Snow-queen,” “Jack and the Beanstalk,” “The Blue Bird,” “Rapunzel,” plus many more you’ve heard of and not heard of. These are the refreshingly original versions, in all their straightforward, and sometimes brutal, gory glory. (Don’t think Disney!) Some are easy to read and some are difficult due to some archaic language. Each book has an average of thirty stories. Multiply that by twelve, and that’s a lot of fairy tales!
All in all, I do recommend these books for literary and psychological research and analysis, and just for the fun of it, if you are so motivate.
All of the books are available on Amazon Kindle.
The Colored Fairy Books
By Andrew Lang
Years published: 1889-1910
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