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The Complete Fairy Tales - George MacDonald

The Complete Fairy Tales

Paperback

Published: 3rd November 1999
For Ages: 18+ years old
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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 scepticism 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 the dubious certitudes of everyday life.

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.

Introduction
Suggestions for Further Reading
A Note on the Texts
The Fantastic Imaginationp. 1
The Light Princessp. 15
The Shadowsp. 54
The Giant's Heartp. 81
Cross Purposesp. 103
The Golden Keyp. 120
Little Daylightp. 149
Nanny's Dreamp. 165
Diamond's Dreamp. 177
The Carasoynp. 189
The Wise Woman, or The Lost Princess: A Double Storyp. 225
The History of Photogen and Nycteris: A Day and Night Mahrchenp. 304
Explanatory Notesp. 343
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ISBN: 9780140437379
ISBN-10: 0140437371
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 3rd November 1999
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 1