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The Lilac Fairy Book   By: (1844-1912)

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THE LILAC FAIRY BOOK

THE FAIRY BOOK SERIES

EDITED BY ANDREW LANG

Crown 8vo. gilt edges

THE BLUE FAIRY BOOK. With 138 Illustrations. $2.00. THE RED FAIRY BOOK. With 100 Illustrations. $2.00. THE GREEN FAIRY BOOK. With 101 Illustrations. $2.00. THE GREY FAIRY BOOK. With 65 Illustrations. $2.00. THE YELLOW FAIRY BOOK. With 104 Illustrations. $2.00. THE PINK FAIRY BOOK. With 67 Illustrations. $2.00. THE BLUE POETRY BOOK. With 100 Illustrations. $2.00. THE TRUE STORY BOOK. With 66 Illustrations. $2.00. THE RED TRUE STORY BOOK. With 100 Illustrations. $2.00. THE ANIMAL STORY BOOK. With 67 Illustrations. $2.00. THE RED BOOK OF ANIMAL STORIES. With 65 Illustrations. $2.00. THE ARABIAN NIGHTS ENTERTAINMENTS. With 66 Illustrations. $2.00. THE VIOLET FAIRY BOOK. With 8 Coloured Plates and 54 other Illustrations. Net $1.60. By mail $1.75. THE CRIMSON FAIRY BOOK. With 8 Coloured Plates and 43 other Illustrations. Net $1.60. By mail $1.75. THE BROWN FAIRY BOOK. With 8 Coloured Plates and 42 other Illustrations. Net $1.60. By mail $1.75. THE OLIVE FAIRY BOOK. With 8 Coloured Plates and 43 other Illustrations. Net $1.60. By mail $1.75. THE ORANGE FAIRY BOOK. With 8 Coloured Plates and 50 other Illustrations. Net $1.60. By mail $1.75. THE BOOK OF ROMANCE. With 8 Coloured Plates and 44 other Illustrations. Net $1.60. By mail $1.75. THE RED ROMANCE BOOK. With 8 Coloured Plates and 44 other Illustrations. Net $1.60. By mail $1.75. THE BOOK OF PRINCES AND PRINCESSES. By Mrs. Lang. With 8 Coloured Plates and 43 other Illustrations. Net $1.60. By mail $1.75. THE RED BOOK OF HEROES. By Mrs. Lang. With 8 Coloured Plates and 40 other Illustrations. Net $1.60. By mail $1.75. THE LILAC FAIRY BOOK. With 6 Coloured Plates and 46 other Illustrations. Net $1.60. By mail $1.75.

TALES OF TROY AND GREECE. By Andrew Lang. With 17 Illustrations by H. J. Ford, and a Map. Crown 8vo. Net $1.50. By mail $1.62.

LONGMANS, GREEN, AND CO., NEW YORK

[Illustration: "How the King found the girl playing at ball in the orchard."]

THE

LILAC FAIRY BOOK

EDITED BY

ANDREW LANG

[Illustration]

WITH 6 COLOURED PLATES AND NUMEROUS ILLUSTRATIONS BY H. J. FORD

LONGMANS, GREEN, AND CO. FOURTH AVENUE & 30TH STREET, NEW YORK LONDON, BOMBAY AND CALCUTTA 1910

Copyright, 1910

BY

LONGMANS, GREEN, AND CO.

All rights reserved

THE PLIMPTON PRESS [W D O] NORWOOD MASS U S A

PREFACE

'WHAT cases are you engaged in at present?' 'Are you stopping many teeth just now?' 'What people have you converted lately?' Do ladies put these questions to the men lawyers, dentists, clergymen, and so forth who happen to sit next them at dinner parties?

I do not know whether ladies thus indicate their interest in the occupations of their casual neighbours at the hospitable board. But if they do not know me, or do not know me well, they generally ask 'Are you writing anything now?' (as if they should ask a painter 'Are you painting anything now?' or a lawyer 'Have you any cases at present?'). Sometimes they are more definite and inquire 'What are you writing now?' as if I must be writing something which, indeed, is the case, though I dislike being reminded of it. It is an awkward question, because the fair being does not care a bawbee what I am writing; nor would she be much enlightened if I replied 'Madam, I am engaged on a treatise intended to prove that Normal is prior to Conceptional Totemism' though that answer would be as true in fact as obscure in significance. The best plan seems to be to answer that I have entirely abandoned mere literature, and am contemplating a book on 'The Causes of Early Blight in the Potato,' a melancholy circumstance which threatens to deprive us of our chief esculent root... Continue reading book >>




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