The Olive Fairy Book
Reprint of the first 1906 edition
The Olive Fairy Book includes unusual stories from Turkey, India, Denmark, Armenia, the Sudan, and the pen of Anatole France. But all of the stories are told in the common language of the fairy tale, and their heroes – the Green Knight who is saved by a soup made from nine snakes, the lovely Dorani who flies every night to fairyland, the king who understands the language of the animals – will be welcome to children and grown-ups alike.
All in all, this collection contains 29 stories, all narrated in clear lively prose. Not only are Lang’s collections generally considered to contain the best English versions of the standard stories; they are the richest and widest in range.
“Admirable series of photographic reprints of the first editions. Altogether very good value.” – New York Review of Books.
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About the Author
Andrew Lang (1844–1912) was a Scottish poet, novelist, anthropologist, historian, literary critic, and noted collector of folklore and fairy tales. Educated at the prestigious University of St. Andrews and Balliol College, Oxford, Lang became a published poet, editor, and journalist by the time he was thirty-one. He was fascinated by folklore, myths, local legends, and fairy tales throughout his entire life. Lang’s debut work, The Blue Fairy Book, was the first of twenty-five collections of stories for children.