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By: George MacDonald
The Princess and the Goblin
George MacDonald’s fairy stories and fantasy have inspired a number of writers including C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien and of this popular fairy story, which as you might suspect concerns a little princess plotted against by a race of goblins, G.K. Chesterton said that it “made a difference to my whole existence.”
At the Back of the North Wind
Written by the man who mentored Lewis Carroll and encouraged him to submit Alice for publication, At the Back of the North Wind is today a forgotten classic of Victorian children's literature. The story tells of a young boy named Diamond, the son of a coachman in an English country mansion. Diamond sleeps in the hayloft above the stables and at night he finds he's disturbed by the wind blowing through the holes in the wall. He tries to plug them but one night, he hears an imperious voice scolding him for doing this! It is the magnificent North Wind that speaks to him and tells him that he's closed up her windows...
A fantasy novel first published in 1895, Lilith follows a young man on his inter-dimensional journey of spiritual discovery, as he acquaints himself with his family’s past and unearths a life-changing secret. Moreover, it deals with the introspection of its protagonist, as he is hurled into a mysterious setting where he encounters bizarre creatures that challenge the validity of his temporal values. Examining issues including the essence of life, wisdom, death, redemption, and salvation, the novel presents a masterfully woven plot that marks the piece as one of MacDonald’s darkest and most intense contributions to the fantasy genre...
The Princess and Curdie
The Princess and Curdie is the sequel to The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald. It’s been a year since the Princess Irene and Curdie first met, and a year since the goblin incident and all appears to be going well in the Kingdom. Or is it? After a visit from Irene’s great-great-grandmother, Curdie finds himself on a mission to save the kingdom, with a rather strange companion in tow.
“Old Ralph Rinkelmann made his living by comic sketches, and all but lost it again by tragic poems. So he was just the man to be chosen king of the fairies…” George MacDonald (December 10, 1824 – September 18, 1905) was a Scottish author, poet, and Christian minister. Though no longer well known, his works (particularly his fairy tales and fantasy novels) have inspired admiration in such notables as W. H. Auden, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Madeleine L’Engle. The Shadows is one such fairy tale...
The Hope of the Gospel
Perhaps most well-known for his fairytales and fantasy stories such as The Golden Key and Phantastes, or for his poetry, George MacDonald was a great spiritual master of the nineteenth century. He spent several years as a minister in his native Scotland; however he was forced to resign his position due to ill health. He had a profound influence on such later writers as G. K. Chesterton and C. S. Lewis – the latter of whom considered MacDonald to be his spiritual father, and edited an anthology of his works...
A young man named Anodos experiences dream-like adventures in Fairy Land, where he meets tree-spirits, endures the presence of the overwhelming shadow, journeys to the palace of the fairy queen, and searches for the spirit of the earth. The story conveys a profound sadness and a poignant longing for death. (Brad Powers)
David Elginbrod was George Macdonald’s first real success, a novel of Scottish country life. Published in 1862, it was dedicated to the memory of Lady Noel Byron.
The Light Princess & Other Fairy Tales
George MacDonald claimed that he did not write for children, but for the child-like. Some of his longer works are clearly intended for adults, and this fantastic fiction influenced later writers such as G.K. Chesterton, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. But you can find some of his best writing in the stories aimed squarely at children, and these are three of the finest.The Light Princess. A wicked aunt curses her baby niece so that gravity has no effect on her, and she floats through the air as if it were water...
The Lost Princess (or A Double Story, or The Wise Woman)
Also known as "A Double Story" or "The Wise Woman."The story of two very spoiled girls, a princess and a peasant, who are kidnapped by a strange woman for a lesson in life. They may not emerge the same... but will their parents be changed for the better too?
A Victorian novel devoted to beloved character first introduced to readers in MacDonald's David Elginbrod.
Written at the height of George MacDonald's literary career, the story centers around the life of a simple merchant's daughter. Mary Marston's unswerving commitment to love, God, and others is contrasted with a backdrop of an array of characters and a complex and sometimes mysterious plot. It is a story of a woman who loves a man, and teaches him to change. Not out of his love for her, but simply because it was the right thing to do. MacDonald allows the characters a range from delightful to devious. As such, they were intended to serve as models. His message is that all eventually must stand before God.
St. George and St. Michael, Volume 1
’St. George and St. Michael’ is a little-known historical romance telling the story of a young couple who find themselves on opposing sides during the tumultuous years of the English Civil Wars.Tensions are rising between king and parliament; the Church of England and the numerous independent puritans and rumours abound that Charles I will soon declare open war on the dissident elements within his realm. Seventeen-year-old Dorothy Vaughan knows little of the brewing conflict, yet is sure that her loyalty must be with her king and her nation...
The Cruel Painter
This is the story of a daring college student's quest to win the icy heart of a beautiful girl. Unfortunately, the girl is the daughter of a cunning and sadistic master artist, who takes the student as an apprentice with the express intent of torturing the youth with his own hopeless love. The story is set in late 16 century Prague, amid mysterious happenings and the terrifying rumors of a vampire on the loose.
|At the Back of the North Wind for Children|
|Alec Forbes of Howglen|
Malcolm MacPhail has lived, for all of his twenty or so years, in a fishing village on the north coast of Scotland. He lives with his grandfather and, though he has never met his parents, has no curiosity about the details of his birth. However, others in the town have their own curiosity, and their own suspicions, about where this highland man and his infant grandson came from, those twenty or so years ago. When the local marquis and his daughter come to live in their grand estate just outside the town, unoccupied for many years, events begin to move which introduce to them the humble Malcolm, and which may shed some light on Malcolm's past while changing the course of his future.
By: George Madden Martin (1866-1936)
|Emmy Lou Her Book and Heart|
|The Angel of the Tenement|
By: George Manville Fenn (1831-1909)
The Dark House
An extremely wealthy but reclusive man has died, leaving an eccentric will which hints at great riches hidden somewhere in the house. Most of the people at the reading of the will did not know the deceased in person, but had received kindnesses from him, for instance by the payment of school and university fees. The principal beneficiary, a great-nephew, also did not know him. The only two people who really knew him were the old lawyer who dealt with his affairs, and an old Indian servant. Yet when the will had been read, and they all went to where the treasure–gold, jewels and bank-notes–were supposed to be hidden, nothing could be found.
Joe Carstairs is a boy on a farm in Australia. His father is a keen naturalist who, some years before had set off for New Guinea in search of specimens, and never been heard of again. Joe is old enough to mount a search expedition, and takes with him a local doctor and an aboriginal worker on his farm. They find themselves joined by a stowaway, Jimmy, whose father is a squatter (farmer) nearby, together with his dog, Gyp.This team sets off, arrive in New Guinea, hire some more porters, and travel guided by some sixth sense straight to where Mr...
|!Tention A Story of Boy-Life during the Peninsular War|
|Our Soldier Boy|
|Brave and True Short stories for children by G. M. Fenn and Others|
|Diamond Dyke The Lone Farm on the Veldt - Story of South African Adventure|
|Charge! A Story of Briton and Boer|
|Begumbagh A Tale of the Indian Mutiny|
|Off to the Wilds Being the Adventures of Two Brothers|
|Fix Bay'nets The Regiment in the Hills|
|The Silver Canyon A Tale of the Western Plains|
|The Powder Monkey|
|The Dingo Boys The Squatters of Wallaby Range|
|The Black Tor A Tale of the Reign of James the First|
|Dick o' the Fens A Tale of the Great East Swamp|
|The Adventures of Don Lavington Nolens Volens|
|Yussuf the Guide The Mountain Bandits; Strange Adventure in Asia Minor|
|The King's Sons|
In California settlers are trying to make a living working as fruit-growers. Problems with blights and insects mean that the crops are failing. A prospector arrives and tells stories of ancient cities where there is a lot of gold. He then dies. Some of the settlers decide to go and search for the gold. They have long distances to travel and meet many challenges along the way. They eventually reach one of these cities and find evidence that it has been abandoned by invaders hundreds or thousands of years ago...
|The Bag of Diamonds|
|Glyn Severn's Schooldays|
|Dead Man's Land Being the Voyage to Zimbambangwe of certain and uncertain blacks and whites|
|Blue Jackets The Log of the Teaser|
|Quicksilver The Boy With No Skid To His Wheel|
|A Young Hero|
|Devon Boys A Tale of the North Shore|
|The Little Skipper A Son of a Sailor|
|The Black Bar|
|The Queen's Scarlet The Adventures and Misadventures of Sir Richard Frayne|
|A Dash from Diamond City|
|Sail Ho! A Boy at Sea|
Cutlass and Cudgel
Based around the crew of cutter HMS White Hawk, this is a tale of smuggling in the early 19th century off the coast of Wessex. The midshipman of the cutter is taken hostage by the smugglers and is befriended by a farm-boy, son of one of the smugglers. His friendship is rudely rebuffed, the midshipman eventually escapes and the farm-boy gets his long-held dream of becoming a seaman on an Excise vessel.
|Nic Revel A White Slave's Adventures in Alligator Land|
|Old Gold The Cruise of the "Jason" Brig|
|Cormorant Crag A Tale of the Smuggling Days|
|King o' the Beach A Tropic Tale|
|To Win or to Die A Tale of the Klondike Gold Craze|
|Hunting the Skipper The Cruise of the "Seafowl" Sloop|
|Middy and Ensign|
|The New Forest Spy|
|Trapped by Malays A Tale of Bayonet and Kris|
|The Golden Magnet|
|In the Mahdi's Grasp|
|Nat the Naturalist A Boy's Adventures in the Eastern Seas|
|The Ocean Cat's Paw The Story of a Strange Cruise|
|Mother Carey's Chicken Her Voyage to the Unknown Isle|
|Crown and Sceptre A West Country Story|
|Hollowdell Grange Holiday Hours in a Country Home|
|Sappers and Miners The Flood beneath the Sea|
|The Crystal Hunters A Boy's Adventures in the Higher Alps|
|In the King's Name The Cruise of the "Kestrel"|
|Marcus: the Young Centurion|
|The Vast Abyss The Story of Tom Blount, his Uncles and his Cousin Sam|
|First in the Field A Story of New South Wales|
|Gil the Gunner The Youngest Officer in the East|
|To The West|
|In Honour's Cause A Tale of the Days of George the First|
|Witness to the Deed|
|The Weathercock Being the Adventures of a Boy with a Bias|
|Brownsmith's Boy A Romance in a Garden|
|Three Boys or the Chiefs of the Clan Mackhai|
|Mass' George A Boy's Adventures in the Old Savannah|
|Jack at Sea All Work and no Play made him a Dull Boy|
|Patience Wins War in the Works|
|The Rajah of Dah|
|Syd Belton The Boy who would not go to Sea|
|Fitz the Filibuster|
|Featherland How the Birds lived at Greenlawn|
|Through Forest and Stream The Quest of the Quetzal|
|Rob Harlow's Adventures A Story of the Grand Chaco|
|The King's Esquires The Jewel of France|
|Fire Island Being the Adventures of Uncertain Naturalists in an Unknown Track|
|A Life's Eclipse|
|The Lost Middy Being the Secret of the Smugglers' Gap|
|A Terrible Coward|
|Will of the Mill|
By: George Meredith (1828-1909)
The Egoist is a tragicomical novel by George Meredith published in 1879. The novel recounts the story of self-absorbed Sir Willoughby Patterne and his attempts at marriage; jilted by his first bride-to-be, he vacillates between the sentimental Laetitia Dale and the strong-willed Clara Middleton. More importantly, the novel follows Clara’s attempts to escape from her engagement to Sir Willoughby, who desires women to serve as a mirror for him and consequently cannot understand why she would not want to marry him...