Andrew Lang’s Fairy Books — also known as Andrew Lang’s “Coloured” Fairy Books or Andrew Lang’s Fairy Books of Many Colors — are 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 (1844–1912) was a Scots poet, novelist, and literary critic. Although he did not collect the stories himself from oral primary sources, only he and Madame d’Aulnoy (1651–1705) have collected tales from such a large variety of sources. These collections have been 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.
- The Blue Fairy Book – Book #1
- The Brown Fairy Book – Book #9
- The Crimson Fairy Book – Book #8
- The Green Fairy Book – Book #3
- The Grey Fairy Book – Book #6
- The Lilac Fairy Book – Book #12
- The Olive Fairy Book – Book #11
- The Orange Fairy Book – Book #10
- The Pink Fairy Book – Book #5
- The Red Fairy Book – Book #2
- The Violet Fairy Book – Book #7
- The Yellow Fairy Book – Book #4