Princess and the Goblin

by George MacDonald

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From the man that influenced the minds of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Madeleine L’Engle, comes a children’s book about courage and overcoming evil. The story follows young Princess Irene and her friend Curdie as they work to fight the wicked goblins. George MacDonald’s writing may seem simple enough in this book, but the messages he sends are incredibly deep and thought provoking. While The Princess and the Goblin is best known as a children’s story, it can be appreciated by people of all ages.

Luke Getz
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About George MacDonald
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Born: December 10, 1824, Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Died: September 18, 1905, Ashtead , England
Related topics: Criticism, interpretation, etc., Fairy tales, Fantasy fiction, English, Fiction, Juvenile works
Basic information: George MacDonald (10 December 1824 – 18 September 1905) was a Scottish author, poet, and Christian minister. Known particularly for his poignant fairy tales and fantasy novels, George MacDonald inspired many authors, such as W. H. Auden, J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, E. Nesbit and Madeleine L'Engle. It was C. S. Lewis who wrote that he regarded MacDonald as his "master": "Picking up a copy of Phantastes one day at a train-station bookstall, I began to read.
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