A son of a Scottish clergyman describes his childhood during the early 1900's. As an author, George MacDonald often wrote about himself, though he disguised his own thoughts and feelings and experiences by putting them into the lives of his fictional characters. Then he mixed in all sorts of made-up incidents in order to create a story, so you can hardly tell what actually happened to MacDonald and which things are pure fiction. This is an especially good example of what we might call "autobiographical fiction." Right from the first page MacDonald tells Ranald Bannerman's story through the voice of Ranald himself-in the first person. This adds to the sense the reader has throughout that the events recorded here are real. During this particular period of George MacDonald's life, when he was in his mid-forties and most of his eleven children were between five and nineteen years old, he did some of his finest writing for young people. I'm sure that's not by accident, for he was often thinking of his own sons and daughters, as well as his own boyhood, when telling stories on paper. Therefore, we can conclude that many of the incidents in this book, The Adventures of Ranald Bannerman, are things that probably happened. Not everything, of course-but much of it-because this is, after all, a story MacDonald told. And realizing this makes Ranald all the more a personal friend. Because in a way, he's a picture of young George MacDonald.
This anthology is a thorough introduction to classic literature for those who have not yet experienced these literary masterworks. For those who have known and loved these works in the past, this is an invitation to reunite with old friends in a fresh new format. From Shakespeare s finesse to Oscar Wilde s wit, this unique collection brings together works as diverse and influential as The Pilgrim s Progress and Othello. As an anthology that invites readers to immerse themselves in the masterpieces of the literary giants, it is must-have addition to any library.
George MacDonald occupied a major position in the intellectual life of his Victorian contemporaries. The Complete Fairy Tales brings together all eleven of his shorter fairy stories as well as his essay "The Fantastic Imagination. " The subjects are those of traditional fantasy: fairies good and wicked, and children journeying into unsettling dreamworlds or undertaking life-risking labours. But though they allude to familiar tales such as "Sleeping Beauty" and "Jack the Giant-Killer," MacDonald's stories are profoundly experimental and subversive. By questioning the concept that a childhood associated with purity innocence, and fairy-tale "wonder" ought to be segregated from adult skepticism and disbelief, they invite adult readers to adopt the same elasticity and open-mindedness that come so naturally to a child. Enlisting paradox, play, and nonsense much like Lewis Carroll's Alice books, these fictions challenge us to question and rethink our assumptions, and offer an elusive yet meaningful alternative order to dubious certitudes of everyday life. .
A novel of Scottish country life, in the dialect of Aberdeen. A story of humble life, centering in two saintly personalities, a dignified and pious Scottish peasant, and his daughter. A vein of mysticism runs through the story, and mesmerism and electro-biology are introduced.
Donal Grant is the story of Donal, a man who has just finished college and sets out on a journey to a nearby town. There, he finds a spiritual mentor and several of his family members. The story is filled with supernatural occurrences - ghosts, legends, and somnambulism. MacDonald, per usual, incorporates many "sermonettes" into the novel, and topics like evil and secrets and discussed with a religious bent. This is one of MacDonald's more challenging novels due to its 800 print page length and the realistic Scottish dialect he uses for dialogue, but the story is well worth the struggle. Fans of MacDonald will enjoy this less well-known work.
The young orphan, Belorba Whichcote, struggles to uncover the mysterious secret, which her uncle attempts to keep hidden from her
A princess is cursed to a life without gravity in George MacDonald's whimsical fairy tale After years of being childless, the king and queen finally welcome a beautiful daughter into the world. But at the young princess's christening, the king's wicked sister curses the girl to a life without gravity. Doomed to float above the ground, unable to bring her feet to earth, the princess grows up unlike any other child. Inspired by "Sleeping Beauty," The Light Princess is George MacDonald's "lightest" fairy tale, indulging in skillful wordplay and unrepentant puns--the kind of story made to charm children and delight adults. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.
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In Lilith the aptly named protagonist Mr. Vane follows a specter through a mirror in his haunted library into a fantasy land of the past where he meets Lilith, Adam and Eve, and a host of others. He explores the nature of original sin and redemption. An epic fantasy adventure that shows us what it means to be human.
The classic fantasy about a young man who travels through a mystical reflecting glass into a hidden world Mr. Vane spots the mysterious old man while reading in his family's expansive library. His interest piqued, he follows the man up to the attic, where he finds a tall and dusty mirror. In its rather unremarkable glass, the reflection of the world behind him slowly melts away to reveal a sweeping country of moors and hills framed by the tops of faraway mountains. Enchanted by the sight, Vane steps through the mirror and is transported to a dreamlike land where myriad perils and adventures await. With the old man, Mr. Raven, as his guide, Vane travels through the Evil Wood, where innocent children frolic in the day and dead men battle at night. He visits the ominous city Bulika, whose people live in silent fear of a menace roaming the streets. Each chapter building on the last, Lilith follows Vane to a final and universal truth in a stunning allegory of life, death, and redemption. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.
A wise woman kidnaps a spoiled Princess. As a result the Princess and her parents learn what is truly important. A story that asks whose fault is it when a child grows up to be selfish adult.
George MacDonald was a Scottish author, poet, and Christian minister who was a pioneering figure in the field of fantasy literature. The mentor of fellow writer Lewis Carroll, his writings have been cited as a major literary influence by authors including W. H. Auden, C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Walter de la Mare, E. Nesbit and Madeleine L'Engle. This collection contains six of his finest fairy tales, including 'The Princess and the Goblin,' 'The Princess and Curdie,' 'The Light Princess,' 'Phantastes,' 'The Giant's Heart,' and 'The Golden Key.'
Phantastes: A Faerie Romance for Men and Women was the first work of fiction by MacDonald. Phantastes exerted a strong influence on fantasy authors of later generations: for example, C. S. Lewis claimed that his imagination had been baptized by reading it. The story concerns a young man, Anodos, who is pulled into a dreamlike world and there hunts for his ideal of female beauty, embodied by the Marble Lady. Anodos lives through many adventures and temptations while in the other world, until he is finally ready to give up his ideals, and only then does he learn the truth about what he has been searching for.
The Princess and Curdie are back in this sequel to The Princess and the Goblin. Princess Irene and Curdie are a year or two older, and must overthrow a set of corrupt ministers who are poisoning Irene's father, the king. Irene's grandmother is also back and she gives Curdie a strange gift and a monster called Lina to help him on his quest. A wonderful tale of adventure and courage.
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.
The Princess and the Goblin is a beloved children's classic written by George MacDonald. C. S. Lewis sites Macdonald as one of his inspirations. This gentle story takes us to a simpler time and place where Princess Irene and her best friend Curdie must save the kingdom from a evil Goblin plot. Join them as they outwit the Goblins and save the day.
The classic tale of a young princess and a miner boy who outwit a colony of goblins in an exciting adventure set in a maze of underground caverns. When Princess Irene discovers a secret staircase at the top of the castle, she enters a world so mysterious she doesn't know whether to believe it is real. For, hidden in the highest tower, is a beautiful old lady who lives among the pigeons, spinning magic thread beside a fire made of roses. But when strange cat-like creatures are found prowling the palace gardens, and Curdie the miner boy encounters a band of embittered goblins plotting revenge on the royal household, the princess must place her trust in the old lady if they are to save the palace from destruction.
Collected here in one omnibus edition are all four of George MacDonald's princess stories. These wonderful fantasy stories have captivated children for more than a generation. Included here are The Princess and the Goblin, The Princess and Curdie, The Light Princess, and The Lost Princess: A Double Tale. These stories came before, and clearly influenced, today's popular princess stories. Wonderful children's stories from a kinder, more gentle time.
George MacDonald was a 19th century Scottish writer, poet and minister. He is best known for his fairy tales and fantasies. His most popular works are Phantastes, The Princess and the Goblin, At the Back of the North Wind, and Lilith. Gutta Percha is a plant that acts like a latex substance. It was used for cables, furniture and in dentistry. Willie's father gave him the nickname because, "In his Latin sentences he found the parts fit into each other like dove-tailing; finding the terms of equations, he said, was like inventing machines, and he soon grew clever at solving them. It was not from his manual abilities alone that his father had given him the name of Gutta-Percha Willie, but from the fact that his mind, once warmed to interest, could accommodate itself to the peculiarities of any science, just as the gutta-percha which is used for taking a mould fits itself to the outs and ins of any figure. "
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