The Pink Fairy Book

Andrew Lang
Illustrated by Debra McFarlane
Introduced by A. S. Byatt

In these tales third-born sons seek their fortunes, lovely princesses are blown away by gusts of wind, cunning tricksters steal treasures from dragons, wicked wizards chase after their apprentices, and wise animals help their friends.

Andrew Lang was famous for his Rainbow Fairy Books and generations of children, including our introducer, 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).

Bound in blocked cloth
Set in Founder's Caslon
352 pages
Frontispiece and 12 colour illustrations, and several black & white tailpieces
Coloured top
Printed endpapers
Plain slipcase
10˝ × 7½˝

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