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The Edinburgh Critical Edition of the Selected Writings of Andrew Lang, Volume 1

Anthropology, Fairy Tale, Folklore, The Origins of Religion, Psychical Research

Andrew Lang
Edited by Andrew Teverson, Alexandra Warwick, Leigh Wilson

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Shortlisted for the Katharine Briggs Folklore Award 2015

This is the first critical edition of the works of Andrew Lang (1844-1912), the Scottish writer whose enormous output spanned the whole range of late-nineteenth century intellectual culture. Neglected since his death, partly because of the diversity of his interests and the volume of his writing, his cultural centrality and the interdisciplinary nature of his work make him a vital figure for contemporary scholars.

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General Introduction
Introduction to the Volume
Chronology of the Life and Major works of Andrew Lang
A Note on the Text
1: The Method of Folklore
2. Anthropology and Folklore
3. Fairy Tales
4. Anthropology, and the Origins of Religion
5. Anthropology and Physcial Research
6. Psychical Research
Appendix I: Names Frequently Cited by Lang
Appendix II: Ethnic Groups Cited by Lang
Explanatory Notes

About the Author

Andrew Teverson is ProfeAndrew Teverson is Professor of English Literature and Associate Dean for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Kingston University, London. His research centres on the use and meaning of fairy tales, and he has published both on the employment of them in contemporary writing and on the historical development of the form. He is the author of Fairy Tale (Routledge, 2013).

Alexandra Warwick is Professor of English Studies and Head of the Department of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies at the University of Westminster. Her research is on Victorian culture, in particular the fin de siècle.

Leigh Wilson is Reader in Modern Literature in the Department of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies at the University of Westminster. Her research focuses on modernism, on the place of supernatural and occult beliefs and practices in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and on the contemporary British novel. She is the author of Modernism and Magic: Experiments with Spiritualism, Theosophy and the Occult (EUP, 2013).


A superb scholarly resource for folklorists, in which Lang's role in the development of folkloristics from the second half of the nineteenth century receives critical appraisal. Excellent contextualisation of Lang’s folkloric writing amongst his other work on literature, together with helpful appendices and comprehensive explanatory notes.

- Shortlisted for the Katharine Briggs Folklore Award 2015
'The two Andrew Lang volumes are balanced, well-researched and as comprehensive as we are likely to get, given the range of Lang’s output. The Explanatory Notes are detailed, thorough and very helpful; the appendices on key names and ethnic groups referred to by Lang are particularly welcome. Overall, the editors have thoughtfully and helpfully catered for the great range of readers who will use these volumes.'
Professor William Gray, Director, Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy, University of Chichester
- Professor William Gray, University of Chichester

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