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Andrew Lang: How The Dragon Was Tricked

Language:
English
Genres:
Childrens Fiction, Travel & Adventure

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. "How the Dragon was Tricked" is a Greek fairy tale. The elder brother was jealous of his younger brother. One day tied him to a tree to be rid of him. An old, humpback shepherd saw him and asked him why; the younger brother said it was to straighten out his back, and persuaded the shepherd to be tied there in his place. Then he drove off the sheep. He persuaded a horse boy and a driver of oxen to come with him… What happened next? Read the story to know! 

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