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: Andrew Lang's Fairy Booksâalso known as Andrew Lang's "Coloured" Fairy Books or Andrew Lang's Fairy Books of Many Colorsâare a series of twelve collections of fairy tales, published between 1889 and 1910. Each volume is distinguished by its own color. In all, 437 tales from a broad range of cultures and countries are presented. Andrew Lang (1844â1912) was a Scots poet, novelist, and literary critic. Although he did not collect the stories himself from oral primary sources only Madame d'Aulnoy and Lang had collected tales from such a large variety of sources, which made the collections immensely influential. Lang gave many of the tales their first appearance in English. As acknowledged in the prefaces, although Lang himself made most of the selections, his wife and other translators did a large portion of the translating and retelling of the actual stories. According to Anita Silvey, "The irony of Lang's life and work is that although he wrote for a professionâliterary criticism; fiction; poems; books and articles on anthropology, mythology, history, and travelâ¦he is best recognized for the works he did not write."