Andrew Lang's Fairy Books: Background information when reading Enchanted

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Andrew Lang's Fairy Books

As readers enjoy Enchanted, they're exposed to dozens of fairy tale-inspired plot points, some of which are instantly recognizable while others are less familiar. For readers who are inspired to go back to the source of these stories, there are few better resources for fairy tales of all sorts than Andrew Lang's famous Fairy Books.

Crimson Fairy Book Andrew Lang was a novelist, critic, and anthropologist born in Scotland in 1844 and is now chiefly known for his Fairy Books. Twelve of these books - each of which is known by the color of its jacket - were published between 1889 and 1910, collecting 437 stories altogether. Grey Fairy Book Some of the volumes, such as the Blue Fairy Book and Red Fairy Book, include familiar favorites from Grimm, Andersen, and Perrault such as "Rumplestiltskin" and "The Twelve Dancing Princesses." Others included tales that were translated specifically for the Lang collections, more obscure tales that had never previously appeared in English.

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