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.
"The Ratcatcher" is a famous fairy tale by Andrew Lang. The story is about a ratcatcher. Once the town of Hamel in Germany was invaded by bands of rats, the like of which had never been seen before nor will ever be again. The government asked the ratcatcher to help and save the town. Will the ratcatcher either go to the rescue or not? Read this gripping story in order to know the end!