The Complete Fairy Tales
EDITED WITH AN INTRODUCTION AND NOTES BY U. C. KNOEPFLMACHER
"I have never concealed the fact that I regarded [George MacDonald] as my master.... The quality that had enchanted me in his imaginative works turned out to be the quality of the real universe, the divine, magical, terrifying and ecstatic reality in which we all live". -- C. S. Lewis
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, children embarking on elaborate quests, journeys into unsettling dreamworlds, life-risking labors undertaken. 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 the dubious certitudes of everyday life.
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Book Description: Westminister, Maryland, U.S.A.: Random House Children's Books, 1977. Soft Cover. Very Good 2rd Printing. Trade Pbk. Clean and solid copy. Read full review
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Possibly the language and era in which the tales in this book was written effected my enjoyment of this book. There were some tales in it that I did like, for example, The History of Photogen and ... Read full review
THE FANTASTIC IMAGINATION
THE LIGHT PRINCESS
THE GIANTS HEART
THE GOLDEN KEY
A DOUBLE STORY
A DAY AND NIGHT MAHRCHEN