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-  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.