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The Princess and the Goblin And Other Fairy Tales (1872)

Written by George MacDonald

The Princess and the Goblin And Other Fairy Tales (1872) Synopsis

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Princess and the Goblin, this edition includes four other major fairy stories by MacDonald, as well as a selection of historical documents on the works' composition and reception, Victorian fairy tales, and MacDonald's other literary criticism.

The Princess and the Goblin And Other Fairy Tales (1872) Press Reviews

A judicious, insightful introduction prepares us for a wonderfully attentive reading of MacDonald's work--an excellent opener for all, but for undergraduates in particular. Shelley King and John Pierce include MacDonald's two essays on imagination, as well as excerpts from contemporary literary fairy tales and responses to his work, giving an enriching historical and literary context in which to understand the stories. A balanced, illuminating volume. -- Deirdre Baker, University of Toronto The exciting strength of this edition lies in the editors' astutely researched introduction, which skillfully places MacDonald's fairy tales in their contemporary literary context. All readers of MacDonald's work will be delighted with this selection and feel a hearty gratitude for the help that King and Pierce offer. -- Rolland Hein, Wheaton College This excellent new scholarly edition of The Princess and the Goblin attempts to place George MacDonald's beloved children's classic fully within its Victorian context ... this is an invaluable edition, one which will hopefully reinvigorate intellectual and imaginative interest in this seminal work of Victorian children's literature. -- Daniel Gabelman, Journal of the Marion E. Wade Center

Book Information

ISBN: 9781554810079
Publication date: 30th November 2014
Author: George MacDonald
Publisher: Broadview Press Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 350 pages

About George MacDonald

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.

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