The Enchanted Castle and Five Children and It (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) (Paperback)

By Edith Nesbit, Sanford Schwartz (Introduction by), H. R. Millar (Illustrator)

Barnes & Noble Classics, 9781593082741, 464pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2005

List Price: 6.95*
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&&LDIV&&R&&LDIV&&R&&LI&&RThe Enchanted Castle and Five Children and It&&L/I&&R, by &&LB&&REdith Nesbit&&L/B&&R, is part of the &&LI&&RBarnes & Noble Classics&&L/I&&R&&LI&&R &&L/I&&Rseries, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of &&LI&&RBarnes & Noble Classics&&L/I&&R: &&LDIV&&R
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All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. &&LI&&RBarnes & Noble Classics &&L/I&&Rpulls together a constellation of influences--biographical, historical, and literary--to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.&&L/DIV&&R&&L/DIV&&R&&LP style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"&&R &&L/P&&R&&LP style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"&&R"I love E. Nesbit. . . . Her children are very real . . . and she was quite a groundbreaker in her day."&&LBR&&R--J. K. Rowling, author of the best-selling &&LI&&RHarry Potter&&L/I&&R series&&L/P&&R&&LP style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"&&R &&L/P&&R&&LP style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"&&RConsidered the first modern writer for children, &&LSTRONG&&REdith Nesbit&&L/B&&R wrote wonderfully imaginative tales about magical adventures in the everyday world. In &&LI&&RFive Children and It &&L/I&&R(1902), a group of children are digging in a sandpit one day when they discover a small, bad-tempered sand-fairy known as the Psammead, who is allowed to grant one wish per day. The children wish for many things--to be beautiful, to be rich, to grow wings--but none of the wishes turn out right. Luckily, the magic wears off at sunset, but will that be soon enough?&&L/P&&R&&LP style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"&&R &&L/P&&R&&LP style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"&&R&&LI&&RThe Enchanted Castle&&L/I&&R (1907) begins when three children stumble upon a mysterious house and discover an invisible princess and a magic ring. At first it all appears to be a great adventure. When the children need an audience for a play they have mounted, they make their own out of old clothes, pillows, and umbrellas. Then things go inexplicably wrong. To the young dramatists' horror, as the curtain falls, there is a ghastly applause. The creatures have come alive--and they prove to be most disagreeable &&L/P&&R&&LP style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"&&R &&L/P&&R&&LP style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"&&RFeatures illustrations by H. R. Millar.&&L/P&&R&&LP style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"&&R &&L/P&&R&&LP style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"&&R&&LSTRONG&&RSanford Schwarz&&L/B&&R teaches English literature at Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of &&LI&&RThe Matrix of Modernism&&L/I&&R and various essays on modern literary, cultural, and intellectual history. He is currently writing a book on C. S. Lewis's science-fiction trilogy.&&L/P&&R&&L/DIV&&R.