Andrew Lang (1844 – 1912) was a Scots poet, novelist, literary critic, and contributor to the field of anthropology. He is best known as a collector of folk and fairy tales. The Andrew Lang lectures at the University of St Andrews are named after him. Lang was also a prolific author of works both fiction and non-; he wrote his own fairy tales such as Prince Prigio and Prince Ricardo of Pantouflia , and wrote numerous historical texts.
This influential 1897 work on comparative mythology takes on a scholarly controversy that raged at the time over the origin of mythology. A fascinating treatise on the study of modern mythology the construction of myths so soon after an event. Andrew Lang was the foremost scholar in folklore and mythology of his time.