The Wise Woman and Other Stories (Fantasy Stories of George MacDonald)

George MacDonald (1824-1905), the great nineteenth-century innovator of modern fantasy, influenced not only C. S. Lewis but also such literary masters as Charles Williams and J. R. R. Tolkien. Though his longer fairy tales Lilith and Phantastes are particularly famous, much of MacDonald’s best fantasy writing is found in his shorter stories. In this volume editor Glenn Sadler has compiled some of MacDonald’s finest short works–marvelous fairy tales and stories certain to delight readers familiar with MacDonald and those about to meet him for the first time.

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  1. CLASSIC–SUPERB The standout of this collection is the title story, “The Wise Woman, or, The Obstinate Princess.” The princess in question is Rosamund, whose royal parents have spoiled her absolutely rotten. In fact, they are sick of her, she’s so disgustingly violent and selfish (thanks largely to their ‘care’). Enter the Wise Woman, who steals Rosamund away underneath her voluminous cloak and takes Rosamund to her cottage, which is miles away from nowhere–and bigger on the inside than the…

  2. The Wise Woman is a profound and superb allegory Next to the Bible, this book has impacted my life more than any other. If one would truly enjoy taking a good, honest look at one’s character, this is the book! It is a frightening mirror of our own humanity, yet one that will inspire change!

  3. Something for everyone, the cream of the crop of fairy tales The Wise Woman, while being a wonderful story also shows amazing insights that the child care specilists seem to just be getting, and it helps parents and the child themselves see cause and effects of different parenting! If you don’t have the money to buy it, borrow it from someone!

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