The Book of Dreams and Ghosts - AbeBooks - Andrew Lang:Great post - I really enjoyed it. I enjoy 'true' ghost stories very much too. I've based a few of my own stories on them. I love M R James, but I don't like too neat an explanation of a ghost. I once met a policeman who told me there was a street on his beat where, at night, a man was reguarly seen standing in a shop doorway. There was nothing notable about him: he was just an ordinary man in quite ordinary clothes. Everyone who walked that beat saw him I was told.
The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang
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Andrew Lang's activities extended far beyond folklore. He was a historian, poet, journalist, translator, and anthropologist, in connection with his work on literary texts. His anthropology and his defense of the value of folklore as the basis of religionhis most influential workis expressed in Custom and Myth , Myth, Ritual and Religion , and The Making of Religion He also translated Homer and critiqued James G. Frazer's views of mythology as expressed in The Golden Bough.
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Andrew Lang 31 March — 20 July 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 born in Selkirk. He was the eldest of the eight children born to John Lang, the town clerk of Selkirk, and his wife Jane Plenderleath Sellar, who was the daughter of Patrick Sellar, factor to the first duke of Sutherland. Alleyne of Clifton and Barbados. He was educated at Selkirk Grammar School, Loretto, and at the Edinburgh Academy, St Andrews University and at Balliol College, Oxford, where he took a first class in the final classical schools in , becoming a fellow and subsequently honorary fellow of Merton College. He soon made a reputation as one of the most able and versatile writers of the day as a journalist, poet, critic, and historian.