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"The Light Princess (George MacDonald Original Works) Hardcover – Facsimile, Sep 1993


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Johannesen Printing & Publishing; Facsimile of 1893 ed edition (Sept. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1881084167
  • ISBN-13: 978-1881084167
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14.6 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,594,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

U. C. Knoepflmacher has published widely on children's literature and the Victorian period.

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 April 2001
Format: Paperback
This new edition of MacDonald's fairytales is the first I've come across which aims to offer an accessible yet scholarly detailed edition of MacDonald's fairytales. Given that McGillis' editions of the children's novels are now out of print, I was delighted to discover that someone still sees the value of publishing his work in an affordable and student-friendly format. Knoepflmacher's introduction is excellent, and serves to locate MacDonald's fairytales within his own corpus as well as indicating their place with the tradition interest in the fairytales in the nineteenth-century, stemming from the Grimm Brother's first publication in 1812 and gaining ground throughout the intellectual revival via MacDonald, Ruskin and a number of other Victorian notables in the mid-century. Knoepflmacher's notes are also most intelligent, and he has a keen awareness of MacDonald's slightly uneasily innovative strain; I am particularly fond of the story of Ruskin's reaction to the swimming scenes in `The Light Princess'! This is a long-awaited addition to the growing MacDonald library, and I hope that perhaps in the not too distant future some of MacDonald's other writing `for the childlike' might be returned to us in a similar form.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Maureen Hunter on 12 Jun. 2010
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Intrigued by this interesting book, which I was completely unaware of until recently. It is certainly worth reading, because it has a charm of its own. It is equally interesting to read as an adult or for sharing with grandchildren I am really pleased that I found it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christian Gerritzen on 10 May 2014
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This is the most complete edition of MacDonald's shorter "fantasy" works and in so far it is a good thing. It contains the following tales: The Light Princess, The Shadows, The Giant's Heart, Cross Purposes, The Golden Key, Little Daylight, Nanny's Dream, Diamond's Dream, The Carasoyn, The Wise Woman, or The Lost Princess: A Double Story, The History of Photogen and Nycteris: A Day and Night Mährchen, plus a historical introduction, an essay by GMD and some not very important footnotes collected at the end of the book (instead of standing at the bottom of the page where they belong). The printing is not so good, however. It is blurred and not sharp because they printed it too wet on cheap paper. Furthermore, I have already come across two typos in the first story, which is unforgivable. Even the free ebook of "The Light Princess" has a better text. I am looking to find the original editions now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Zoll on 24 Nov. 2012
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i read two of these stories as a child and just recently tracked down the author by remembering the Maurice Sendak illustrations. (this isn't an illustrated edition). I've only read the first few of the stories but an essay by the author at the beginning on writing and the additional notes at the end were well worth the 2nd hand price of this book.
You can tell these stories were part of the fabric of Tolkein and CS Lewis' childhood and had a hand in hairy toes on the silver screen!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rev. D on 12 April 2013
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This review is of "The Light Princess, and Other Fairy Tales"

which is NOT "The Complete Fairy Tales (Penguin Classics)", despite Amazon conflating the two.

This edition is a terrible scan of the stories. There are multiple mistakes on every single page, making it completely unreadable.
Even the very first word of the very first story is missing the very first letter.

I'm returning my copy, I suggest you don't buy it.
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