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The Complete Fairy Tales

George Macdonald - Author
U. C. Knoepflmacher - Author
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Book: Paperback | 129 x 198mm | 384 pages | ISBN 9780140437379 | 24 Feb 2000 | Penguin Classics
The Complete Fairy Tales

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 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 dubious certitudes of everyday life.

Introduction
Suggestions for Further Reading
A Note on the Texts

The Fantastic Imagination

From ADELA CATHCART

The Light Princess
The Shadows
The Giant's Heart

From DEALINGS WITH THE FAIRIES

Cross Purposes
The Golden Key

From AT THE BACK OF THE NORTH WIND

Little Daylight
Nanny's Dream
Diamond's Dream

LATER TALES

The Carasoyn
The Wise Woman, or The Lost Princess: A Double Story
The History of Photogen and Nycteris: A Day and Night Mährchen
Explanatory Notes

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