The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
Andrew Lang was famous for his ‘Rainbow Fairy Books’ and generations of children including our introducer, the novelist A. S. Byatt, grew up reading these enchanting, and occasionally disturbing, stories. For The Pink Fairy Book, Lang drew upon a range of cultures and traditions, bringing together 41 stories from Japan, Scandinavia, Africa, Sicily and Catalonia, as well as enduring favourites including ‘The Snow Queen’ by Hans Christian Andersen and ‘The House in the Wood’ by the Brothers Grimm. Many had never appeared in any English collection before and Lang had them translated and sympathetically retold. Here, gruesome stories (a princess possessed by a demon devours her guards) have their place alongside unashamedly comic ones (three merry wives play tricks on their husbands to determine which is the most stupid) and an occasional tragic tale (the little, much-loved snow child melts away in the fire’s heat). In these tales third-born sons seek their fortunes, lovely princesses are blown away by gusts of wind, cunning tricksters steal treasures from dragons, wicked wizards chase after their apprentices, and wise animals help their friends.
A feature of The Folio Society editions of Lang’s fairy books are their superb illustrations, harking back to Arthur Rackham and the golden age of children’s illustration.
- Folio Society First Impression
- Publisher Folio Society, London; 2007
- Pink Cloth Hardback, 352 pp
- Illustrations by Debra McFarlane.
- Size 255 x 190mm, 1.8kg
Condition: Fine – Superb Unmarked Copy
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