Andrew Lang (March 31 1844 – July 20 1912) was a Scots poet, novelist, and literary critic, and contributor to anthropology. He now is best known as the collector of folk and fairy tales, including the works of Brothers Grimm, Charles Perrault and Hans Christian Andersen.
- Among the various forms of science which are reaching and affecting the new popular tradition, we have reckoned Anthropology. Pleasantly enough, Anthropology has herself but recently emerged from that limbo of the unrecognised in which Psychical Research is pining.
- * Andrew Lang (1900) "[ Anthropology and Religion]", In: The Making of Religion, (Chapter II), Longmans, Green, and C°, London, New York and Bombay, 1900, pp. 39–64.
Ballades in Blue China (1880)
Source: Ballades in Blue China (1880), reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
- There’s a joy without canker or cark,
There’s a pleasure eternally new,
’T is to gloat on the glaze and the mark
Of china that’s ancient and blue.
- Here’s a pot with a cot in a park
In a park where the peach-blossoms blew,
Where the lovers eloped in the dark,
Lived, died and were changed into two
Bright birds that eternally flew
Through the boughs of the may, as they sang;
’T is a tale was undoubtedly true
In the reign of the Emperor Hwang.
Ballade of Autumn
Source: Ballade of Autumn, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
- The windy lights of Autumn flare;
I watch the moonlit sails go by;
I marvel how men toil and fare,
The weary business that they play!
Their voyaging is vanity,
And fairy gold is all their gain,
And all the winds of winter cry,
“My Love returns no more again.”
- He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp posts — for support rather than illumination.
- Widely attributed to Lang (e.g. in Elizabeth M. Knowles, The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, Oxford University Press; and in Robert Andrews, The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations, Columbia University Press) but the original source has not been found.
- Works by Andrew Lang at Project Gutenberg
- [ Works by Andrew Lang] at Internet Archive
- [ Andrew Lang Fairy Tale Books]
- [ A Monk of Fife Complete Book Online]
- [ Custom and Myth] - full text HTML of original work.
- Andrew Lang, [ Crystal visions, savage and civilised], The Making of Religion, Chapter V, Longmans, Green, and C°, London, New York and Bombay, 1900, pp. 83–104.
- Andrew Lang, [ The Poltergeist and his explainers], The Making of Religion, (Appendix B), Longmans, Green, and C°, London, New York and Bombay, 1900, pp. 324–339.
- Andrew Lang, [ Letters to Dead Authors], transcribed from the 1886 Longman's edition.