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miranda



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2010 6:23 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

My neice had a copy of Donkey Skin when she was small.  It was in a collection.  She really liked it but I struggled to read it to her because of the incest.   And it was difficult to not let that come through to her.   Very odd story.



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kitsumehime



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember reading a lot of Andrew Lang's fairy tale books when I was younger.  There must have been at least a dozen, all with a color in the title. Some of the stories were pretty scary.


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Marita



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are quite a few of those Andrew Lang fairy tale books on Gutenberg.
http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/authors/l#a79

I saw two at a second hand bookshop here, but I found them too pricey at 25 Euro each.


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Mikeharvey



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a large number of 'Fairy Books' by Andrew Lang, and similar books of stories and poetry. I understand that, as the series became popular, a good deal of the work of collecting the material and writing was done by Mrs Lang, but Andrew's name is on the title page.  Some of the Fairy Books have recently been republished in beautiful editions with new illustrations by the Folio Society.
Second-hand copies of the books, and many similar, tend to be in poor condition because of having belonged to children.  I have a copy of a gorgeous Victorian edition of 'The Water Babies' illustrated by Linley Sambourne, with a marvellous pictorial cover, but it is very worn and well-thumbed.  Which means I suppose that it was well loved and often read.  I also have a beautiful Victorian copy of Eugene Field's 'Lullaby Land' which I have to admit is spoiled by having my own name and adress scrawled on the flyleaf in my childish handwriting.  
But I have a first edition copy of E Nesbit's 'Oswald Bastable and Others' which has some of the illustrations coloured in by its first owner about 1908.  Most carefully and neatly and delicately.



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