The Complete Fairy Tales

The Complete Fairy Tales

by George MacDonald

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The works of George MacDonald, the Scottish author, poet, and minister, have influenced the likes of W. H. Auden, J. R. R. Tolkien, Madeleine L’Engle, C. S. Lewis, and Mark Twain. MacDonald wrote some of the first popular fantasy novels and is best known for his enduring stories, such as “Phantastes”, “The Princess and the Goblin”, “Lilith”, and “At the Back of the North Wind”. Macdonald said of his work that he wrote “not for children, but for the child-like, whether they be of five, or fifty, or seventy-five.” “The Complete Fairy Tales” brings together all of MacDonald’s shorter fairy stories, as well as an essay on fantasy writing titled “The Fantastic Imagination”. This collection includes some of his most memorable and enduring tales, such as “The Light Princess” and “The Wise Woman”. The stories contain many of the elements often associated with fairy tales: children undertaking dangerous and deadly adventures, fairies both wicked and kind, and strange, dream-like lands. MacDonald’s stories are unexpected and experimental, however, and contradict the tradition of children’s tales. Readers young and old alike will be captivated and entertained by these unique fairy tales that manage to be both dark and hopeful, enchanting, and full of practical wisdom. This edition is printed on premium acid-free paper.

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ISBN-13: 9781420969078
Publisher: Publishing
Publication date: 05/31/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

George MacDonald (1824-1905) was a minister who was rejected by his congregation, and struggled thereafter to support his family of eleven children by writing. In his own day he was celebrated as poet, preacher, and lecturer, and as the author of numerous novels. He is best known today for his vivid children's stories. U. C. Knoepflmacher has published widely on children's literature and the Victorian period.

Table of Contents

Suggestions for Further Reading
A Note on the Texts
The Fantastic ImaginationFrom ADELA CATHCARTThe Light Princess
The Shadows
The Giant's Heart
The Golden Key
Nanny's Dream
Diamond's Dream
The Wise Woman, or The Lost Princess: A Double Story
The History of Photogen and Nycteris: A Day and Night Mährchen
Explanatory Notes

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