At the Back of the North Wind

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Macmillan, May 15, 1998 - Fiction - 320 pages
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This edition of At the Back of the North Wind includes a Foreword, Biographical Note, and Afterword by Nancy Springer.

Listen hard...you can hear magic in the wind!

Diamond lives in a hayloft. But that was all right with him. He loves to snuggle up to the horses at night and listen to them snore away. Sometimes he can even hear the stars twinkling in the sky.

One night Diamond is visited by a beautiful fairy with long flowing hair. She calls herself North Wind, and she lives in the enchanged land far, far away. Best of all, she has come to take Diamond back with her--back to the land at the back of the North Wind.

Adored by millions of young readers since its first publication in 1871, George MacDonald's magical tale continues to delight.
 

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This has all the lyrical prose of a Victorian Children’s Fairy Tale, whimsical and wholesome. It dangerously approached saccharine sermonizing – if not for the North Wind. Sometimes a Tall Woman with ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - empress8411 - LibraryThing

This has all the lyrical prose of a Victorian Children’s Fairy Tale, whimsical and wholesome. It dangerously approached saccharine sermonizing – if not for the North Wind. Sometimes a Tall Woman with ... Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER I THE HAYLOFT
1
CHAPTER II THE LAWN
11
CHAPTER III OLD DIAMOND
18
CHAPTER IV NORTH WIND
27
CHAPTER V THE SUMMERHOUSE
37
CHAPTER VI OUT IN THE STORM
47
CHAPTER VII THE CATHEDRAL
53
CHAPTER VIII THE EAST WINDOW
61
CHAPTER XXI SALS NANNY
154
CHAPTER XXII MR RAYMONDS RIDDLE
162
CHAPTER XXIII THE EARLY BIRD
166
CHAPTER XXIV ANOTHER EARLY BIRD
170
CHAPTER XXV DIAMONDS DREAM
179
CHAPTER XXVI DIAMOND TAKES A FARE THE WRONG WAY RIGHT
189
CHAPTER XXVII THE CHILDRENS HOSPITAL
196
CHAPTER XXVIII LITTLE DAYLIGHT
201

CHAPTER IX HOW DIAMOND GOT TO THE BACK OF THE NORTH WIND
65
CHAPTER X AT THE BACK OF THE NORTH WIND
80
CHAPTER XI HOW DIAMOND GOT HOME AGAIN
85
CHAPTER XII WHO MET DIAMOND AT SANDWICH
91
CHAPTER XIII THE SEASIDE
96
CHAPTER XIV OLD DIAMOND
108
CHAPTER XV THE MEWS
111
CHAPTER XVI DIAMOND MAKES A BEGINNING
114
CHAPTER XVII DIAMOND GOES ON
125
CHAPTER XVIII THE DRUNKEN CABMAN
133
CHAPTER XIX DIAMONDS FRIENDS
139
CHAPTER XX DIAMOND LEARNS TO READ
146
CHAPTER XXIX RUBY
220
CHAPTER XXX NANNYS DREAM
227
CHAPTER XXXI THE NORTH WIND DOTH BLOW
242
CHAPTER XXXII DIAMOND AND RUBY
246
CHAPTER XXXIII THE PROSPECT BRIGHTENS
253
CHAPTER XXXIV IN THE COUNTRY
263
CHAPTER XXXV I MAKE DIAMONDS ACQUAINTANCE
268
CHAPTER XXXVI DIAMOND QUESTIONS NORTH WIND
280
CHAPTER XXXVII ONCE MORE
290
CHAPTER XXXVIII AT THE BACK OF THE NORTH WIND
297
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About the author (1998)

George MacDonald, December 10, 1824 - September 18. 1905 George MacDonald was born on December 10, 1824 in Huntley, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. He attended University in Aberdeen in 1840 and then went on to Highbury College in 1848 where he studied to be a Congregational Minister, receiving his M. A. His first appointment was in Arundel, but he was forced to resign form the position in 1853. He became a lecturer in English Literature at Kings College in London before finally focusing all of his attention on writing and living off the charity of friends and pupils. In 1955, MacDonald wrote his first important original work, a long religious poem entitled "Within and Without." Three years later in 1858, he wrote "Phantastes," his first contribution to the fantasy genre. It was influenced by both the English and Germanic Romantic writers and religious poets of the Renaissance. MacDonald is perhaps best known for his fantasy children's books, although he wrote fantasy books for adults as well. His most well known children's book is "At the Back of the North Wind," which was surprisingly a favorite of Mark Twain's children. In 1863, MacDonald published "David Eiginbrod, the first of a dozen novels that were set in Scotland and based on the lives of rural Scots. It was these series of novels that gained MacDonald worldwide fame and brought money to the foundering MacDonald family. MacDonald was a friend and confident of Lewis Carroll and John Ruskin. He exchanged letters with Mark Twain, and met Walt Whitman and many other American writers on his trips to America. MacDonald also inspired his later compatriots, such as C. S. Lewis, with his blend of fantasy and Christianity. George MacDonald died in Ashtead, Surrey, England, on September 18. 1905. His body is buried in Bordighea, Italy, a place he spent most of his later years in.

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