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: The Blue Fairy Book is a part of series by Andrew Lang, a Scotish poet, novelist, and literary critic. Lang contributed to the fields of history, anthropology, and folklore scholarship, and wore a luxurious mustache like a push-broom. But it is for his fairy tales that he is remembered today. This volume is the first in his series of color-coded fairy books, and likely the best. It contains familiar tales such as Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, and so on. That said, this collection was edited (not "written") by Andrew Lang. He didn't even collect them himself from the oral tradition. His masterful feat, however, was to put the hundreds of folk stories into one large collection, packaging them up into a beautiful twelve-book series. The first edition consisted of 5000 copies, which sold for 6 shillings each. The book assembled a wide range of tales, with seven from the Brothers Grimm, five from Madame d'Aulnoy, three from the Arabian Nights, and four Norwegian fairytales, among other sources. The Blue Fairy Book was the first volume in the series and so it contains some of the best known tales, taken from a variety of sources.