Great Victorian polymath,
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This review is from: Delphi Collected Works of Andrew Lang and the Complete Fairy Books (Illustrated) (Kindle Edition)
The writing of Andrew Lang must have acquired many more readers through the arrival of ebooks. Being out of copyright his works can be supplied in electronic form for little or no cost where before much of his writing was out of print and virtually unattainable. His most popular and enduring books are his many collections of fairy tales. They are all here in this wonderful compilation with the added bonus of the many original illustrations. These illustrations have a lovely Art Nouveau quality about them and this collection is worth buying just for them. But Lang, like many Victorian writers, spread himself over many areas of writing and browsing through the contents of his works here will keep any booklover happy for hours on end. I particularly like his angling essays and his collection of Border Ballads (unfortunately printed here without his informative notes; maybe the fine team at Delphi could amend that in a future edition). And there is a poem of Lang's that always sticks in my mind, a hilarious cricketing spoof on a poem by Emerson: "I am the batsman and the bat,/I am the bowler and the ball;/ The umpire, the pavilion cat,/ The roller, pitch and stumps and all." Maybe we could have done with him in Australia this winter! Wholeheartedly recommended; there must be something here for everyone.