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. Lang was also a prolific author of fiction works; he wrote his own fairy tales such as Prince Prigio (1889) and Prince Ricardo of Pantouflia (1893), and wrote numerous historical texts. Andrew Lang was great friends with Robert Louis Stevenson and H. Rider Haggard, with whom he wrote The World's Desire (1890). Preferring romance over realism, he admired their works as well as those of Alexandre Dumas Père, Henry Fielding, William Makepeace Thackeray, fellow Scot Robert Burns and many others.
Once upon a time there was the emperor, who had a goat’s ears. If anybody told him that he had a goat’s ears – the emperor ordered to torturers to kill the speaker. One day a young man came to the emperor to shave his beard. He saw that the emperor had goat’s ears, but he didn’t tell anything about it. The emperor was fond of the young man and ordered to give the shaver a lot of money… What happened next? Read the story to know!