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The Pink Fairy Book


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The Pink Fairy Book


Title: The Pink Fairy Book

Author: Andrew Lang, Introduced by A. S. Byatt, Illustrated by Debra McFarlane

Publisher: The Folio Society

Condition: Hardcover, decorative cloth with slipcase. Brand new, sealed.

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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).

Classic stories included in this collection:

The Cats’ Elopement
How the Dragon Was Tricked
The Goblin and the Grocer
The House in the Wood
Uraschimataro and the Turtle
The Slaying of the Tanuki
The Flying Trunk
The Snow-Man
The Shirt-Collar
The Princess in the Chest
The Three Brothers
The Snow-Queen
The Fir-Tree
Hans, the Mermaid’s Son
Peter Bull
The Bird ‘Grip’
I Know What I Have Learned 
The Cunning Shoemaker
The King Who Would Have a Beautiful Wife 
Catherine and Her Destiny
How the Hermit Helped to Win the King’s Daughter 
The Water of Life
The Wounded Lion
The Man without a Heart
The Two Brothers
Master and Pupil
The Golden Lion
The Sprig of Rosemary
The White Dove
The Troll’s Daughter
Esben and the Witch
Princess Minon-Minette
Maiden Bright-Eye
The Merry Wives
King Lindorm
The Jackal, the Dove, and the Panther
The Little Hare
The Sparrow with the Slit Tongue
The Story of Ciccu
Don Giovanni de la Fortuna