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The Blue Fairy Book

By: Andrew Lang

Published in 1889, The Blue Fairy Book is the first book in the series of story collections known as Andrew Lang's “Coloured” Fairy Books, which bring to life the classic fairytales by Grimm, Madame d'Aulnoy and Perrault among other folklore sources. Most captivating is the fact that the collection features the stories in pristine an unaltered conditions, therefore they contain a darker side than the polished versions most are familiar with from childhood memories.

Featuring 37 tales, The Blue Fairy Book includes many well-known childhood classics such as “Little Red Riding Hood”, “Cinderella”, “Hansel and Gretel” and many more enchanting tales with a bit more zest than their successors. Not only is Lang’s collection a great awe for children, but it also offers a more action-packed and thrilling journey into enchanted territory where fairies are not necessarily kind, ogres are not who they seem to be, and most importantly not everyone gets a happy ending.

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Andrew Lang was a Scottish poet, novelist, literary critic, and contributor to the field of anthropology. He is best known as a collector of folk and fairy tales. The Andrew Lang lectures at the Unive...

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