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The Princess and the Goblin by  George MacDonald

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The Princess and the Goblin
by George MacDonald
A marvelous tale of how the princess and Curdie, with the help of the great-great-grandmother, overcome the wicked goblins of the mountain. In the sphere of fantasy, author George MacDonald has few equals, and his rare touch of many aspects of life invariably gives to his stories a deeper meaning of the highest value. A contemporary writes of The Princess and the Goblin: "It is a graceful story, full of romance and adventure, with a deep meaning underlying the beauty of the surface, which gives it the life and mystery which forms the subtle charm MacDonald weaves into all his works, especially those for the young. Faith in that which is invisible, and the courage of that which we believe, are what he tries to teach. He speaks with a tender, earnest eloquence which draws a response from the reader, like music from the harp of a master minstrel."  Ages 7-10
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PUBLISHERS' NOTE

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EW writers have enjoyed wider popularity than George Macdonald, whose novels and children's stories have furnished amusement, and mental and moral stimulus, to thousands of readers.

He was born in Scotland in 1824, and was educated there and in England. He became an Independent clergyman in England, but ill health drove him to Algiers and to literary work. He published many volumes of fiction, poetry, sermons, and other forms of literature, and is widely known by such novels as "Annals of a Quiet Neighborhood," "Robert Falconer," "David Elginbrod," and "Sir Gibbie." By reason of continued ill-health he made his home mainly on the Italian Riviera. He died in England on September 18, 1905.

Not the least of his fame rests on his writings for children, which in their own line have never been surpassed. His success in this field is attributable to the fact that throughout his career he retained the heart of a child, a charac- [6] teristic shared in common with his lamented countryman, Robert Louis Stevenson.

Perhaps the most popular of his books for children is "The Princess and the Goblin," which was first published in 1871, and which has been reprinted time and again, on both sides of the Atlantic.

The increased interest in the story manifested since the author's recent death has encouraged the publishers to issue a new edition in such a style as its popularity merits.

A particular charm has always been added to the story by the excellent wood engravings after the drawings of Arthur Hughes, whose work belongs in the same class with that of Sir John Tenniel, the original illustrator of "Alice in Wonderland." These original engravings have been retained in the new edition, and Miss Kirk has contributed a new artistic interest by the series of exceedingly attractive colored illustrations embodying the spirit and atmosphere of the story.

In presenting this edition to the public, the publishers trust that in its new and handsomer form the story will keep the place in the affections of the children of to-day that it has always held.





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