The True Annals of Fairyland in the Reign of King Cole

The True Annals of Fairyland in the Reign of King Cole

by John Murray Gibson, J. M. Dent

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True fairy stories are always better than fairy stories that are made up, and real kings are greater than those who never lived at all, so that the true stories told here at the real court of Old King Cole are surely

worth your while to read. Where his kingdom lay is difficult to tell, because nearly all the travellers and ambassadors who went there found so much pleasure at the court that they nearly always forgot to come away. To walk into Old King Cole's country was easy enough, but to walk out again was a very different thing. You felt so happy at such a court that it was difficult to tear yourself away.

These stories are true stories told by real people at a real court. Some of them may have been heard by you before, but that proves all the more that the stories are true, for they wouldn't have been told since if they had been found out to be false. Some, indeed, of these stories have been told by dear old Hans Anderson, and some by the brothers Grimm, while others are to be found in the Arabian Nights' Entertainments and in the Fairy Mythology of Keightley, and Dean Swift more than a hundred years ago told the tale of the Brobdingnag giants, and Mary and Charles Lamb re-told the story of Prospero and Miranda,

" Is Old King Cole still alive ? " you ask.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012189639
Publisher: Ernest Marsh
Publication date: 03/15/2011
Series: The true annals of fairyland , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

John Murray Gibbon (12 April 1875 - 2 July 1952) was a Scottish Canadian writer and cultural promoter. He was born in Ceylon and educated at Aberdeen, Oxford and Göttingen universities. Gibbon emigrated to Canada in 1913 to work for the Canadian Pacific Railway. In 1921, he became founding president of the Canadian Authors Association.

A long-time enthusiast of folk culture, Gibbon organized a series of folk and crafts festivals over the years. With Sir Ernest MacMillan, he published the four-volume French Canadian Folk Songs (1928). Histories he wrote included Scots in Canada (1911), Steel of Empire: The Romantic History of the Canadian Pacific (1935), Canadian Mosaic (1938) and two histories of nursing. He also wrote several novels.

Gibbon's work was to have a major impact on the creation of a bilingual, multicultural, national culture. Canadian Mosaic influenced the adoption of the concept of a "cultural mosaic" in the Canadian government's multiculturalism policies. He died at Montreal.

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