The Selected Writings of Andrew Lang: Volume I: Folklore, Mythology, Anthropology; General and Theoretical, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Selected Writings of Andrew Lang

Volume I: Folklore, Mythology, Anthropology; General and Theoretical, 1st Edition

Edited by Tom Hubbard


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A novelist, poet, literary critic and anthropologist, Andrew Lang is best known for his publications on folklore, mythology and religion; many have grown up with the ‘colour’ Fairy Books which he compiled between 1889 and 1910. This three volume set presents a selection of his work in these areas. The first volume covers the general and theoretical aspects of Lang’s work on folklore, mythology and anthropology along with the tools and concepts which he used in his often combative contributions to these inter-related disciplines.

Collectively, the General Introduction to the set and the Introductions to the individual volumes offer a thorough overview of Lang’s work in an astonishing variety of fields, including his translation work on Homer and his contributions to historiography (particularly Scottish). Headnotes to the individual items are of varying length and provide more detail on specific topics, and explanatory notes supply unique intellectual comment rather than merely factual information.

Table of Contents

Volume I: Folklore, Mythology, Anthropology (General and Theoretical)




General Introduction


Note on the Texts


Introduction to Volume I


‘Mythology and Fairy Tales’, Fortnightly Review, May 1873


‘Mr. Max Müller’s Philosophy of Mythology’, Fraser’s Magazine, August 1881


‘Mythology’, Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th ed., 1911, revised from 1884


‘The Method of Folklore’, in his Custom and Myth, 1884, 1885


‘The Romance of the First Radical’, in his In the Wrong Paradise and other stories, 1886


[The Two Moods], in his Myth, Ritual and Religion, 1887, rev. 1899


‘The President’s [i.e. Lang’s] Address’, Papers and Transactions: International Folklore Congress, 1891, 1892


‘Savage Spiritualism’, in his Cock-Lane and Common Sense, 1894


‘The Ghost Theory of the Origin of Religion’, in his Cock-Lane and Common Sense, 1894


‘Literary Fairy-Tales’, Introduction to Little Johannes, 1894


[On William Morris and Samuel Butler; literary treatment of myth; Homer], Cosmopolis (Paris), 1898


[On J.G. Frazer, Archibald Sayce, and Flinders Petrie], Cosmopolis, 1898


[On J.G. Frazer’s The Golden Bough], Folk-lore, 1901


‘Mr. Tyler’s Theory of Borrowing’, in his Magic and Religion, 1901


[On Émile Durkheim’s theory of the origin of society], Longman’s Magazine, 1904

‘The Comparative Study of Early Epics’, in his Homer and His Age, 1906


‘Method and the Study of Totemism’, The American Anthropologist, 1912

‘The Origin of Belief in a God’, The Athenaeum, 1912

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY COLLECTIONS / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 19th Century