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, Andrew 1844–1912.


British writer and anthropologist known for his fairy tales, including The Blue Fairy Book (1889).

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Scottish historian and folklore scholar. His writings include historical works; anthropological studies, such as Myth, Ritual and Religion (1887) and The Making of Religion (1898), which involved him in controversy with the anthropologist James G Frazer; novels; and the series of children's books which he inspired and edited, beginning with The Blue Fairy Book (1889). He was born in Selkirk and was educated at Edinburgh Academy, St Andrews and Glasgow universities, and Balliol College, Oxford; he was a fellow of Merton College from 1868–74. His earliest published work was a volume of graceful verse, The Ballads and Lyrics of Old France (1872), which was followed by other similar volumes. In the realm of folklore and anthropology, Lang produced Custom and Myth (1884), Magic and Religion (1901),...    Continue Reading
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