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George MacDonald's Victorian fairy tales transformed the genre of fantasy. His work also shaped the next generation of children's literature: C.S. Lewis regarded MacDonald as a major influence, and writers as diverse as G.K. Chesterton and W.H. Auden acknowledged his significance. His best known story for children, The Princess and the Goblin, tells the story of a lonely child princess and her friend, a brave miner boy, in their battle with subterranean monsters. But MacDonald engages readers with more than the plot: enigmatic narrative asides and simple, but strikingly poetic language show why his work was an inspiration for modernist writers as well as those in fantasy and children's literature. Along with The Princess and the Goblin, this edition includes four other major fairy stories by MacDonald, as well as a selection of historical documents on the works' composition and reception, Victorian fairy tales, and MacDonald's other literary criticism.
|Publication date:||30th November 2014|
|Publisher:||Broadview Press Ltd|
|Format:||Paperback / softback|
George MacDonald (1824-1905) was a Scottish poet and writer of fiction. Shelley King is Professor and Head of the Department of English at Queen's University. John Pierce is Professor of English at Queen's University.More About George MacDonald
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