George MacDonald (10 December 1824 – 18 September 1905) was a Scottish author, poet, and Christian minister. He was one of the founders of fantasy literature and the mentor of fellow writer Lewis Carroll. His writings have been cited as a major literary influence by many notable authors including W. H. Auden, C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien. Even Mark Twain, who initially disliked MacDonald, became friends with him. MacDonald wrote several works on Christian apologetics and Christian Universalism as well
The Princess and the Goblin is a children's fantasy novel by George MacDonald. Eight-year-old Princess Irene lives a lonely life in a castle in a desolate kingdom, with only her nursemaid "Lootie" for company. Her father the king is normally absent, and her mother is dead. Unknown to her, the nearby mines are inhabited by a race of goblins, long banished from the kingdom and now anxious to take revenge. One rainy day, the princess explores the castle and discovers a beautiful, mysterious lady, and thus her adventure begins.