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Wonderlicious
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(8/19/07 3:49 pm)


Andrew Lang's Fairy Books
I hate to seem like all I do is ask questions, but I have yet another one...are the literary based fairy-tales collected by Andrew Lang in his Fairy Books generally rewritings or translations/groupings? I could understand that the likes of "Jack and the Beanstalk" and "The Three Little Pigs", which didn't have much literary background around the time of the Fairy Books, being original rewritings, but what about the tales of Perrault, Grimm, Andersen and others?

If you can help, thank you. :-D

MaryCatelli
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(8/19/07 9:16 pm)


Re: Andrew Lang's Fairy Books
Translations, mostly. If you read the introductions, he discusses who translated what.

Much of the books appear to have to been translated from German.

Rosemary Lake
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(8/21/07 2:43 am)


Lang's stories by source
Here's an index to all the stories in Lang's fairy books, sorted by source. The early books drew heavily from German and French sources, but as the series went on they used tales from a wider area and even other continents.

www.mythfolklore.net/andr...dexbib.htm

MaryCatelli
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(8/21/07 5:17 pm)


Re: Lang's stories by source
Note that many of them are second hand translations -- out of German, after being translated into German --

I think the Estonian tales are derived from a German translation of a specific Estonian collection, for instance.

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