scholar and man of letters, born in Selkirk, and educated
at the universities of Saint Andrews and Oxford. Among his
poetic works are Ballads and Lyrics of Old France (1872),
the narrative poem Helen of Troy (1882), and Grass of Parnassus
extensive anthropological research in the folklore of many
peoples, embodied in such works as Custom and Myth (1884),
Myth, Literature, and Religion (2 volumes, 1887), and The
Making of Religion (1898).
adapted fairy tales for
children that were published in the Blue Fairy Book (1889)
and other volumes titled by color.
historian Lang is best known for his History of Scotland (4
volumes, 1900-1907). Lang was also an eminent classical scholar.
His prose translations of the ancient Greek epic poems, the
Odyssey, in 1879, with S. H. Butcher and the Iliad, in 1882,
with E. J. Myers and Walter Leaf, are among the best ever
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