The Princess and the Goblin

Today’s book recommendation comes from the brilliant English writer, Gilbert Keith Chesterton.

Quote from the introduction written by G.K. Chesterton for George MacDonald and His Wife by Greville M. MacDonald (full essay available on

Chesterton was not the only author who adored George MacDonald’s writings. J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis both loved and were influenced by MacDonald’s fairy tales.


The full text of The Princess and the Goblin is available on, which has free downloadable books from the public domain.

Memoria Press has published a printed copy of the book with Jessie Willcox Smith’s illustrations (in my opinion, the very best!). 


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