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CSF Publishing's Classic Literature Collection includes title's carefully updated and corrected from the original text, and features new enhancements such as the author's complete biography and bibliography, story description, list of characters and their role in the story, and illustrations from antique editions. ABOUT THE BOOK: A mysterious silver-haired woman and a brave young miner help prevent a mischievous pack of subterranean creatures from kidnapping a little princess and flooding the passageways of a ...
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The Princess and the Goblin

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Overview

CSF Publishing's Classic Literature Collection includes title's carefully updated and corrected from the original text, and features new enhancements such as the author's complete biography and bibliography, story description, list of characters and their role in the story, and illustrations from antique editions. ABOUT THE BOOK: A mysterious silver-haired woman and a brave young miner help prevent a mischievous pack of subterranean creatures from kidnapping a little princess and flooding the passageways of a mine. An unabridged classic of juvenile fiction from a master storyteller offers youngsters thrill-packed entertainment along with valuable lessons about bravery and loyalty.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013849280
  • Publisher: CSF Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/16/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

George MacDonald, December 10, 1824 - September 18. 1905 George MacDonald was born on December 10, 1824 in Huntley, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. He attended University in Aberdeen in 1840 and then went on to Highbury College in 1848 where he studied to be a Congregational Minister, receiving his M. A. His first appointment was in Arundel, but he was forced to resign form the position in 1853. He became a lecturer in English Literature at Kings College in London before finally focusing all of his attention on writing and living off the charity of friends and pupils. In 1955, MacDonald wrote his first important original work, a long religious poem entitled "Within and Without." Three years later in 1858, he wrote "Phantastes," his first contribution to the fantasy genre. It was influenced by both the English and Germanic Romantic writers and religious poets of the Renaissance. MacDonald is perhaps best known for his fantasy children's books, although he wrote fantasy books for adults as well. His most well known children's book is "At the Back of the North Wind," which was surprisingly a favorite of Mark Twain's children. In 1863, MacDonald published "David Eiginbrod, the first of a dozen novels that were set in Scotland and based on the lives of rural Scots. It was these series of novels that gained MacDonald worldwide fame and brought money to the foundering MacDonald family. MacDonald was a friend and confident of Lewis Carroll and John Ruskin. He exchanged letters with Mark Twain, and met Walt Whitman and many other American writers on his trips to America. MacDonald also inspired his later compatriots, such as C. S. Lewis, with his blend of fantasy and Christianity. George MacDonald died in Ashtead, Surrey, England, on September 18. 1905. His body is buried in Bordighea, Italy, a place he spent most of his later years in.
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  • Posted January 5, 2012

    Enchanting!

    Please read this book! It was absolutely charming. I used to love the cartoon when I was really young, so I wanted to read the book. I remember loving how Irene found a mysterious area of her house where she met her great-great-grandmother, and this book definitely captured that same feeling, only it was about a million times better.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

    One of the greatest fairy tales ever!

    When I was a baby my parents bought this Colliers collection of books that had a ton of different stories and poems. A lot of those books were lost by the time I was five or six. The Fairy Tales and Legends book wasn't lost and I read it from cover to cover when I was in third grade. One of my favorite stories was the first chapter of The Princess and the Goblin. It was enchanting. I didn't realize back then that it was only the first chapter of a wonderful book.
    A couple years later I discovered MacDonald's The Light Princess and I loved it just as much, not realizing that both tales were written by the same author.
    It wasn't until I started working at a university library many years later and had a hankering for reading The Light Princess again that I connected the two stories. I thumbed through The Princess and the Goblin and realized it was the story of Princess Irene.
    George MacDonald was a brilliant writer. He has a soothing omnipotent grandfatherly voice that shines through his stories. You know that Princess Irene and Curdy will be okay in their adventures. The stories are well written and fun to read. I think they're timeless and if I had chosen to have children, they would be well acquainted with George MacDonald's fairy tales. If you're looking for a fairy tale that hasn't been Disneyfied and told too often, check out The Princess and the Goblin or The Light Princess. Curdy also has his own adventures and they're every bit as delightful as the other books.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 14, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    One of George MacDonald's Most Popular Works

    This book is typical of the fantasy writer George MacDonald.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2012

    Eight-year-old Princess Irene resides in a remote castle with he

    Eight-year-old Princess Irene resides in a remote castle with her nurse
    Lootie and several other servants while her papa-king travels all over
    his kingdom. The reason that the Princess lives in seclusion is that
    the goblins who dwell under the mountain have sworn revenge on the
    king’s family. In addition, she has a mysterious and magical
    great-great-grandmother who is watching over her but who is seen by
    nobody else besides her. Also, she becomes friends with a
    twelve-year-old boy named Curdie who is the son of a local miner. When
    Irene and Lootie get lost after dark while on a walk in the mountains
    and are chased by goblins, they first meet Curdie who protects them from
    the goblins and helps to get them home safely. He pledges himself to
    guard the Princess. The goblins have hatched a double plot in which
    they plan to steal Irene to become the wife of their Prince Harelip and
    to use the mines to flood the castle. While working in the mines,
    Curdie overhears part of their plans but is captured and imprisoned by
    the goblins. However, Irene’s grandmother gives her a special thread by
    which she is led to rescue Curdie and get both of them back home again.
    Curdie sneaks onto the castle grounds one night to see if he can learn
    more about the goblins’ plans but is mistaken for a prowler by the
    king’s guards and shot with an arrow. He not only is imprisoned but
    also becomes quite sick with a fever. It is during this very time that
    the goblins mount their attack. Will they be successful? Will the
    Princess be saved or will she become the bride of Harelip? And what
    will happen to Curdie? Scottish-born author George MacDonald
    (1824-1905), though theologically considered a heretic, was a masterful
    storyteller who is often credited with inventing the genre of children’s
    fantasy literature and influenced such later youth fantasy writers as J.
    R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and Madeline L’Engle. MacDonald began his
    literary career by telling fairy stories to his eleven children and then
    putting onplays for the poor in his neighborhood with his large family
    as the cast. His first such novel was At the Back of the North Wind
    published in 1871. The Princess and the Goblin was serialized in a
    journal called Good Words for the Young between 1870 and 1871 and then
    published in book form the following year. To be honest, this is one of
    the most fascinating and enjoyable books that I have ever read. The
    story of the Princess Irene and her friend Curdie continues in a sequel,
    The Princess and Curdie. I guess that I’ll just have to read it too.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2012

    Great story, not well formatted. Incomplete text.

    I don't believe this is the complete text. I purchased another digital version (very inexpensively) and -- right from the top -- there is additional text that doesn't appear here. Also, there are several formatting errors in this e-book which are very annoying.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Love it.

    I adoreeeee.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 8, 2011

    An Interesting Tale

    I thought it would be neat to read a fairy tale written in 1872 and found both the tale and manner of speech delightful. The author writes as if he is addressing a live audience and the tale, while slow in parts, is interesting enough to want to hear more. I look forward to reading more about the main characters in "The Princess and Curdie." It's a chance to see how fairy tales were written 150 years ago, how different they were, and how little some things have changed. (I also like the Nook feature that lets me look up a word on the spot - this story has more than a few unfamiliar words.)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 9, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    A Timeless and Enchanting Tale For Generations!

    The Princess and the Goblin is an enchanting tale about the most delightful little girl to spark our imaginations! The only pitty is that the character isn't real! Of all the C.S. Lewis books that I enjoyed, including his Chronicles of Narnia series, I have to say that The Princess and the Goblin captured my heart the most, and that George Macdonald is the great father and originator of litterary fantasy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2008

    An Amazing Adventure

    This is one of my favorite books. I couldn't put it down after I started it. Anybody who enjoys fantasy or fairy tales will love this book. It is an amazing adventure that you can't wait to read more of. Anybody who reads this should then read The Princess and Curdie.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2014

    A decidedly delightful fairy tale, of honor, bravery, and peril!

    A decidedly delightful fairy tale, of honor, bravery, and peril!

    This is my first of George MacDonald's, and I can honestly say I enjoyed this little fantasy adventure. I so enjoyed following the Princess, as she has now become a favorite literary character of mine, the way she so sweetly handles her royal privileges.

    I'm now looking forward to the sequel!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2013

    Love this book

    I recemend ages 7 to 12 but age dose'nt mater what maters is that you enjoy the book and when i say enjoy i mean slowley read the book so enjoy the book.

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    Posted May 17, 2013

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    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    Love it

    Love it great book definetly recomend it

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2012

    A-ok!

    Very good. I would definantly reccomend this

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2012

    Great story, complete text, well formatted.

    A great story. This Barnes and Noble version contains the complete text and the formatting of the e-book is excellent.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 3, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2012

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    Favorite!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Amazing!!!!!

    This book is my favorite book by far!!! I can't believe how much you can see the picture when you read it!!! I love how adventureous the story is. When you read the first couple chapters of this book you imediently want to read more and before you know it, your at the end of the book because you were so in to it. I think if anyone read this book they would want to read it again and again! I loved this book and I'm sure you would love it to if you read it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 24, 2011

    Super

    Read when 7 it is addicting.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2011

    A childhood favorite

    Great bok

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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