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    Andrew Lang

    Scottish author & scholar
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    Andrew Lang (1844 - 1912). Lang's vast output included five books of poetry (eg "Helen of Troy") and two novels ("The Mark of Cain" and "The Disentanglers"), as well as several children's books (eg "My Own Fairy Book"), but he is remembered as a scholar (eg translations of Homer), historian (eg "History of Scotland"), anthropologist (eg "Myth, Ritual and Religion"), biographer (eg of Lockhart), editor (eg of Scott), essayist and belletrist (eg "Adventures Among Books"). More ...

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    Biography of Andrew Lang

    Andrew Lang (1844 - 1912). Lang's vast output included five books of poetry (eg "Helen of Troy") and two novels ("The Mark of Cain" and "The Disentanglers"), as well as several children's books (eg "My Own Fairy Book"), but he is remembered as a scholar (eg translations of Homer), historian (eg "History of Scotland"), anthropologist (eg "Myth, Ritual and Religion"), biographer (eg of Lockhart), editor (eg of Scott), essayist and belletrist (eg "Adventures Among Books").

    He was the son of the Sheriff-Clerk of Selkirkshire, and was born in Selkirk on 31 March 1844. He was educated at Edinburgh Academy and the Univerisites of St Andrews and Glasgow, and won a Snell Exhibition to Balliol College, Oxford. He graduated with a first in Greats in 1868 and became a Fellow of Merton College, researching in anthropology there until 1874. At Oxford he was associated with the Rondelier group of poets.

    He went to London in 1875 and lived there for most of his life, spending his winters in St Andrews in later years. He married Leonore Blanche Alleyne on 17 April 1875. He became one of the best-known journalists of his day, writing leaders for the Daily News and a column called "At the Sign of the Ship" for Longman's Magazine. His friends included Robert Louis Stevenson (whom he first met while they were both invalids on the Riviera) and W. E. Henley, who called him "the divine amateur". As a critic he was hostile to the novels of Henry James (1843-1916) and Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), but was one of the first to recognise the talent of George Douglas Brown. He died on 20 July 1912.
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