Here are five incredible tales of fairies and fantasy by George MacDonald, the 19th century Scottish author whose works influenced and were admired by such literary greats as C.S. Lewis, W.H. Auden, C.K. Chesterton and J.R.R. Tolkien. Reprinted from a rare 1867 edition, this work contains stories that are not only wonderful tales on their own, but ones that also convey important messages and lessons to the reader -- be it through the gravity defying princess in The Light Princess; or by way of Tricksey-Wee and Buffy-Bob in The Giant s Heart; or through the mysterious creatures and their king in The Shadows; or from the tale of Alice and Richard and their journey in fairyland in Cross Purposes; or, finally, by way of the magic and mystery of Tangle and Mossy s journey in The Golden Key. While most fairy tales are written specifically for children, these were not. Instead, wrote the author, they were written for the child-like, whether they be of five, or fifty, or seventy-five. For this edition there are six new illustrations drawn by Kathy Harestad -- one full-color illustration, which you see on the cover and five wonderful black and white drawings, each drawn specifically for a chapter in the book.
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George MacDonald (December 10, 1824 September 18, 1905) was a Scottish author, poet, and Christian minister. Though no longer a household name, his works (particularly his fairy tales and fantasy novels) have inspired deep admiration in such notables as W. H. Auden, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Madeleine L'Engle. C. S. Lewis wrote that he regarded MacDonald as his "master". Picking up a copy of Phantastes one day in a train station, he began to read; "a few hours later," said Lewis, "I knew I had crossed a great frontier." G. K. Chesterton cited The Princess and the Goblin as a book that had "made a difference to my whole existence". Elizabeth Yates wrote of Sir Gibbie that "[i]t moved me the way books did when as a child ... Now and then a book is read as a friend, and after it life is not the same ... Sir Gibbie did this to me." Even Mark Twain, who initially despised MacDonald, became friends with him upon their meeting for the first time, and there is some evidence that Twain was influenced by MacDonald (see links below for an article on the subject).
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Book Description Murdock Publishing Company, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Kathy Harestad (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M0974335983
Book Description Murdock Publishing Company, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 144 pages. 8.80x6.00x0.50 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 0974335983
Book Description Murdock Publishing Company, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110974335983