Item description for The Princess and Curdie (Puffin Classics) by George MacDonald & Helen Stratton...
Overview Curdie, the miner's son, meets Princess Irene's magical great-great-grandmother, who tells him that Irene and her father face grave danger in Gwyntystorm
Publishers Description Princess Irene's great-grandmother has a testing task for Curdie. He will not go alone though, as she provides him with a companion -- the oddest and ugliest creature Curdie has ever seen, but one who turns out to be the most loyal friend he could have hoped for.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.8" Width: 5" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Sep 30, 2003
Grade Level Middle School
Series Puffin Classics
ISBN 0140367624 ISBN13 9780140367621 UPC 051488005995
Availability 0 units.
More About George MacDonald & Helen Stratton
George Macdonald was born at Huntly, in the western part of Aberdeenshire on 10 December, 1824, the son of George Macdonald, farmer, and Helen MacKay. He was educated in country schools where Gaelic myths and Old Testament stories abounded. He then went on to Aberdeen University in the early 1840's obtaining awards in Moral Philosophy and Sciences. Next he studied for the Congregationalist ministry at Highbury College, London.
In 1850 he was made pastor at Arundel, West Sussex, England. MacDonald resigned however after three years of not living up to the congregational authorities’ expectations for more dogmatic sermons and being accused of heresy. Rejecting his Calvinist upbringing and doctrine of predestination, he came to believe in the divine presence but not divine providence and felt that everyone was capable of redemption.
George MacDonald married Louisa Powell in 1851 and they had six sons and five daughters together. One of their sons, Greville Macdonald would later become a writer himself and author a biography of his father. After a stay in Algiers to gain his health back MacDonald returned to England to tutor and write to provide for his ever-growing family and preach freelance when time permitted. Despite his successful career as a published writer he was continually forced to rely on the charity of his friends. Lady Byron was one such patron who assisted him until her death in 1860 as well as John Ruskin. MacDonald was mentor to C.S. Lewis; formed a strong friendship with Mark Twain after a tumultuous start and G. K. Chesterton, Henry Longfellow, and Walt Whitman were also counted among his friends. Some of his early poetry was Within and Without (1855) and Poems (1857), however his first real successes came with his Scottish country life stories such as David Elginbrod (1862), Alec Forbes (1865) and Robert Falconer (1868).
The 1870s brought an invitation for MacDonald to tour and lecture in America. He was well-received by huge audiences and by writers such as Ralph Waldo Emerson. A well-paid ministerial position was offered him but he chose to return to England. In 1877 he was pensioned at the request of Queen Victoria. The ill health that had plagued MacDonald the greater part of his life forced him to seek the warmer climates of Europe. One of his daughters was taken to Italy for a cure in 1877 though she ended up dying. However Macdonald found the climate of such benefit to his own maladies that he spent most of the years from 1881 to 1902 in Bordighera, Italy, "Heaven of the English" in his house "Casa Coraggio." His wife was the organist of the Catholic church there and they often held concerts and amateur plays in their home socializing and having a merry time. Titles published around this time were Sir Gibbie (1879), Donal Grant (1883), and the moral allegories Lilith (1895) and Robert Falconer (1868) show MacDonald's early distaste for the limiting Calvinist God's electing to love some and denying it to others.
Louisa Powell died one year after her and George's golden wedding anniversary, in 1902. George Macdonald, after a long illness, died at Ashstead, Surrey, England on 18 September, 1905. His remains were cremated and they were taken to his beloved Bordighera for interment alongside his wife. A memorial to George MacDonald has been erected in the Drumblade Churchyard, Aberdeenshire.
In his George MacDonald: An Anthology (1947) C. S. Lewis states that while reading a copy of MacDonald's Phantastes (1858) "a few hours later," through inspiration of the gentle Christian's words "I knew I had crossed a great frontier.".... "I know hardly any other writer who seems closer, or more continually close, to the Spirit of Christ himself." W.H. Auden and J. R. R. Tolkien also admired his efforts. Phantastes was to become a definitive work of MacDonald's career. Through his writing, peppered with the Doric Dialect, he asserted that there was a God and art and the expression of creativity of spirit brought one closer to Him. Other successful titles were At the Back of the North Wind (1871), The Princess and the Goblin (published sometime in the 1880s) and it's sequel The Princess and Curdie (1883). The Diary of an Old Soul first published posthumously in 1965 strikes a deeper note of thoughtfulness where MacDonald offers a prayer for each day of the year.
George MacDonald was born in 1824 and died in 1905.
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The Princess and Curdie Feb 28, 2010
This is one of my favorite books. It is theologically deep, but a very easy read. George MacDonald has a matter-of-fact writing style that makes magic seem the most natural thing in the world.
Great Fantasy for Kids Nov 23, 2008
If you're new to George MacDonald - this is one of his BEST! His fantasy books for children are so good and wholesome and the kids don't feel "preached to", but the stories cover so many good lessons! They are NOT the idiot Nursery Rhyme type of "story" - these are "real" people facing real challenges and finding character as they move through their lives.
this sequel is just as good as the first book, possibly better Oct 16, 2008
if you read the princess and the goblin, read the princess and curdie. in this story, curdie the miner is a little older and less innocent. the mysterious old woman sends him on a quest to save the king from a plot against him. once again, you get george macdonalds lovely writing, so dont pass this up. he is one of the few fantasy authors whose style makes you want to relax, curl up, and enjoy a thoroughly fun story. no cheesy, fluffy epic quest here, just a very classic fantasy. there are more characters in this book, and this time there is a journey. the villains are thoroughly nasty, and they get their just desserts. there is a big battle at the end too. the characters curdie meets along the way bring a very interesting twist to the bigger things going on, especially the strange "animals" he meets in the woods. they are a nice concept and have an interesting background, and i havent read much newer fantasy that uses it. i wont give too much away. add this book to your collection proudly.
Macdonald at his Best Jul 4, 2007
The father of fantasy scores big in this sequel to the "The Princess and the Goblin." A must for all fantasy and fairy tale fans. Before Tolkien and Lewis there was Macdonald.
The Princess and Curdie Apr 17, 2007
THIS BOOK IS AWESOME!!! I'M 13 AND I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! I RECCOMEND IT TO EVERYONE WHO LIKES C.S. LEWIS OR SIMILAR AUTHORS. READ IT!!!!!!!!