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Andrew Lang: Fortune and the Wood-Cutter

Language:
English
Genres:
Childrens Fiction

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 (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. Little story about poor wood cutter who got tired of eternal life below the poverty line and tired of catching Fortune to make him rich and famous. He didn't want to work anymore and stayed lying in the bed while his wife was trying to encourage him go to the wood and earn a living. His neighbor took his mules for a short time but when mules came back. There were two big sacks on their backs with gold. How they got it and where Fortune met the wood cutter you will find out at the end of this little instructive story.

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