Lang, Andrew, 1844-1912

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Birth 1844-03-31
Death 1912-07-20

Biographical notes:

Scottish man of letters.

From the description of Enchanted cigarettes : [n.p.] : autograph essay signed, [ca. 1891]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270598917

Author and scholar Andrew Lang was born in Scotland, and educated at St. Andrews, Glasgow, and Oxford. He resolved to be a journalist, and wrote articles and columns for various publications, but eventually this versatile and prolific author produced poetry, fiction, essays on various topics, history, literary criticism, biography, translations, mythology, and other non-fiction. An exceedingly popular and influential writer in his day, he is probably best remembered for his collections of fairy tales, published as The Blue Fairy Book, The Red Fairy Book, etc.

From the description of Andrew Lang letters, 1874-1911. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 67710304

Andrew Lang was a Scot and an important man of letters. He was one of the most versatile scholars of his age and published in the areas of poetry, fairy tales, folklore, and anthropology.

From the description of On being lifted up, [ca. 1885]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122604855

Scottish poet, novelist, and literary critic.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : St. Andrews, to an unidentified man, 18-- [year unknown] Jan. 22. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 593915125

English scholar, journalist, and writer.

From the description of Autograph letters signed : 1 Marloe's Road, Kensington, W., London, to Arthur Sullivan, 1884 Aug. 1 and [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270125347

Andrew Lang, a poet and scholar, was educated at St. Andrews, Glasgowand Balliol College, Oxford. Lang worked as a journalist in London, but is best known for his poetry and study of folk tales. His published work includes "Helen of Troy," a six volume narrative poem.

From the description of Letter, 1888, January 1. (Temple University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 122468228

Scottish poet, novelist and teller of folk tales.

From the description of [Letter] Jun. 3, 7, Marloes Road, Kensington, W. [to] Dear Sir / A. Lang. [between 1880 and 1890?] (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 244387607

Scottish scholar and man of letters who is noted for his collection of fairy tales and translations of Homer.

From the description of Letters, 1908-1926. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122699540

From the guide to the Andrew Lang letters, 1908-1926, (L. Tom Perry Special Collections)

Previous owner: Bookplate of William Harris Arnold.

From the description of Mrs. Thrale, ca. 1891 / A. L. (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 71428960

Scottish historian and poet.

From the description of Letters, [18--?]. (University of Iowa Libraries). WorldCat record id: 233121117

Andrew Lang. Scots poet, novelist, and literary critic, known as collector of fairy tales.

From the description of Andrew Lang letters and photographs [manuscript], (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 225135751

From the description of Andrew Lang letters and photographs [manuscript], (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 648011056

The writer Andrew Lang was born on 31 March 1844. He was educated at Edinburgh Academy and he studied at St. Andrews University and Balliol College, Oxford. He was an Honorary Fellow of Merton College, Oxford. He became a Fellow of the Royal British Academy in 1906. His publications over nearly forty years included Ballads and lyrics of old France (1872), Life, letters, and diaries of Sir Stafford Northcote (1890), Homer and the epic (1893), The making of religion (1898), The mystery of Mary Stuart (1901), and A defence of Sir Walter Scot and the Border minstrelsy (1910). Andrew Lang died on 20 July 1912.

From the guide to the Papers of Andrew Lang (1844-1912), 1890-1910, (Edinburgh University Library)

Epithet: of Add MS 39268

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001197.0x0000b9

Lang was a Scottish poet, folklorist and scholar.

From the description of Papers, 1811-1971. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 122609332

From the guide to the Andrew Lang papers, 1811-1971., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Papers relating to Andrew Lang (1844-1912), the well-known folklorist and author of five books of poetry and two novels as well as several children's books. He is an alumnus of the University of St Andrews (1861-63). He is remembered as a scholar for translations of Homer, as a historian, an anthropologist, biographer, editor and essayist.

He was the son of the Sheriff-Clerk of Selkirkshire. He was educated at Edinburgh Academy and the Universities of St Andrews and Glasgow. He won a Snell Exhibition to Balliol College, Oxford and graduated with a first in Greats in 1868, becoming a Fellow of Merton College, researching in anthropology there until 1874. At Oxford he was associated with the Rondelier group of poets.

He went to London in 1875 and lived there for most of his life, spending his winters in St Andrews in later years. He married Leonore Blanche Alleyne on 17 April 1875. He became one of the best-known journalists of his day, writing leaders for the Daily News and a column called "At the Sign of the Ship" for Longman's Magazine . His friends included Robert Louis Stevenson (whom he first met while they were both invalids on the Riviera) and WE Henley. As a critic he was hostile to the novels of Henry James (1843-1916) and Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), but was one of the first to recognise the talent of George Douglas Brown. He died in Banchory in July 1912.

From the guide to the Papers of Andrew Lang, ca. 1865-1912, (University of St Andrews)


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