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Phantastes A Faerie Romance - George MacDonald

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PHANTASTES
A FAERIE ROMANCE FOR MEN AND WOMEN

BY
GEORGE MACDONALD

A new Edition, with thirty-three new Illustrations by Arthur
Hughes; edited by Greville MacDonald

"In good sooth, my masters, this is no door.
 Yet is it a little window, that looketh upon a great world."


PREFACE

For offering this new edition of my father's Phantastes, my
reasons are three.  The first is to rescue the work from an
edition illustrated without the author's sanction, and so
unsuitably that all lovers of the book must have experienced some
real grief in turning its pages.  With the copyright I secured
also the whole of that edition and turned it into pulp.
    My second reason is to pay a small tribute to my father by
way of personal gratitude for this, his first prose work, which
was published nearly fifty years ago.  Though unknown to many
lovers of his greater writings, none of these has exceeded it in
imaginative insight and power of expression.  To me it rings with
the dominant chord of his life's purpose and work.
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