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The Princess and the Goblin

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The Princess and the Goblin

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Author: George MacDonald
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, 1993
Puffin, 1964
Original English publication, 1872
Series: The Princess and the Goblin: Book 1

1. The Princess and the Goblin
2. The Princess and Curdie

Book Type: Novel
Genre: Fantasy
Sub-Genre Tags: Juvenile Fantasy
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Young Princess Irene, sent away to the country to be raised in a place nestled into the side of a mountain that's half farmhouse and half castle, has stumbled into a conspiracy -- of Goblins! Really, Goblins! Their evil plot threatens the king and his palace and of course Irene and her friend and her great-great-grandmother (who is a witch, just for good measure). This book has been famous fun for generations, and you ought to come see why. Highly recommended. Anne Thaxter Eaton writes in A Critical History of Children's Literature that The Princess and the Goblin and its sequel "quietly suggest in every incident ideas of courage and honor." Jeffrey Holdaway, in the New Zealand Art Monthly, said that both books start out as "normal fairytales but slowly become stranger", and that they contain layers of symbolism similar to that of Lewis Carroll's work.


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