Lang, Andrew (1844 - 1912)

Biography: 

Born March 31, 1844, in Selkirk, Scotland, Andrew Lang was educated at Selkirk Grammar School, Edinburgh Academy, the University of St. Andrews, the University of Glasgow, and Balliol College, Oxford, from which he graduated with a B.A. (honours) in 1866. He took up a fellowship at Merton College in Oxford from 1868 to 1875, in which year he married Lenora Blanche Alleyne. Over his lifetime, Lang brought out nine books of verse, beginning with Ballads and Lyrics of Old France (1872), as well as translations of Homer and other classical poets. His writing career, however, expanded into journalism once he settled in London at his marriage. He wrote as anthropologist, historian, fairy story teller, literary historian, sportsman, novelist, and biographer and had a prolific output. Honours came his way readily: he received doctorates from St. Andrews University in 1888 and Oxford University in 1904, was a fellow in the British Academy, and presided over the Society for Psychical Research. Lang died, without children, of angina pectoris, July 20, 1912, in Aberdeen.

  • Demoor, Marysa. Friends over the ocean: Andrew Lang's American correspondents, 1881-1912. Gent: Rijksuniversiteit Gent, 1989. PR 4877 .A4 1989 Robarts Library
  • G., S. G. ""Lang, Andrew." Dictionary of National Biography 1912-21. 319-23.
  • Green, Roger Lancelyn. Andrew Lang, a critical biography, with a short-title bibliography of the works of Andrew Lang. Leicester: E. Ward, 1946. PR 4877 .G68. Robarts Library
  • Homer. The Homeric Hymns. Trans. Andrew Lang. London: Allen, 1899. PA 4025 .H8L3 1899. Robarts Library
  • --. The Iliad. Trans. Andrew Lang, Walter Leaf, and Ernest Myers. London: Macmillan, 1883. PA 4025 .A2L3 Institute of Mediaeval Studies
  • --. The Odyssey. Trans. Andrew Lang and Samuel Henry Butcher. London: Macmillan, 1887. PA 4205 .A5B8 1887 St. Michael's College
  • Lang, Andrew. Ballads and Lyrics of Old France, with Other Poems. London: Longmans, Green, 1872. PR 4876 .B29 1872. Robarts Library
  • --. Ballades and Verses Vain. New York: Scribner, 1884.
  • --. Ban and Arrière Ban: A Rally of Fugitive Rhymes. 2dn edn. London: Longmans, Green, 1894. PR 4876 .B3 1894 Robarts Library. Also Project Gutenberg.
  • --. Grass of Parnassus: Rhymes Old and New. London: Longmans, Green, 1888. PR 4876 .G7 1888. Robarts Library
  • --. Helen of Troy. New York: Scribner, 1882. PR 4876 .H4 1882. Robarts Library
  • --. New Collected Rhymes. London: Longmans, Green, 1905. PR 4876 .N48 1905 Robarts Library
  • --. Rhymes à la Mode. London: Kegan Paul, 1885. PR 4876 .R5 Robarts Library
  • --. XXII Ballades in Blue China. London: Kegan Paul, 1880. PR 4876 .T5 1885 Robarts Library
  • --. XXII and X: XXXII Ballades in Blue China. 1881. London K. Paul, Trench, 1883. PR 4876 .T5 1883 Robarts Library
  • Langstaff, Eleanor De Selms. Andrew Lang. Boston: Twayne, 1978.
  • Ormerod, James. The Poetry of Andrew Lang. Philadelphia: R. West, 1978.
  • Webster, A. Blyth. Andrew Lang's poetry. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1937. Pamph LE L Robarts Library
Given Name: 
Andrew
Family Name: 
Lang
Birth Date: 
March 31, 1844
Death Date: 
July 20, 1912
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Family Relations: 
father : John Lang
mother : Jane Plenderleath Lang
wife : Leonora Blanche Lang (from 1875)
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First RPO Edition: 
2001