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Andrew Lang: The Goblin And The Grocer

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. This story is a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen about a goblin who must choose between poetry or a Christmas treat from a grocer. Andrew Lang included the story in "The Pink Fairy Book". One student lived in an attic; a grocer lived on the first floor with a house goblin. Goblin belonged to the grocer. One day, the student came to the grocer to buy some cheese and candles. He discovered that his cheese was wrapped in a page from a book. This paper changed his life… What happened next? Read the story to know! 

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