|Description: A red hard covered book entitled "Tales of Troy and Greece." The front design shows three columns in black with the title in gold. There is a stamp on the inside page from the University of Toronto. |
Andrew Lang (March 31, 1844 - July 20, 1912) was a prolific Scots man of letters. He was a poet, novelist, and literary critic, and contributor to anthropology. He is best known as the collector of folk and fairy tales. He studied at the Edinburgh Academy, St. Andrews University and Balliol College, Oxford and became an honorary fellow of Merton College. As a journalist, poet, critic and historian, he soon made a reputation as one of the ablest and most versatile writers of the day. The earliest of his publications is 'Custom and Myth' (1884). In Myth, Ritual and Religion (1887) he explained the 'irrational' elements of mythology as survivals from more primitive forms. Lang's 'Making of Religion' was heavily influenced by the 18th century idea of the 'noble savage': in it, he maintained the existence of high spiritual ideas among so-called 'savage' races, drawing parallels with the contemporary interest in occult phenomena in England. His 'Blue Fairy Book' (1889) was a beautifully produced and illustrated edition of fairy tales that has become a classic. This was followed by many other collections of fairy tales, collectively known as Andrew Lang's Fairy Books. Lang examined the origins of totemism in 'Social Origins' (1903). He was also interested in psychic research and wrote many papers and books in this field as well as in classical scholarship and history. REF: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Lang and http://www.online-literature.com/andrew_lang/ visited Jan. 9, 2008.