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The Magic City

E. Nesbit

Publisher: Read & Co. Children's

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Summary

First published in 1910, “The Magic City” is a children's novel by Edith Nesbit. Philip's world is turned upside down when his older sister and only remaining family member marries, forcing him to move in with his new step sister, Lucy. When his sister is off honeymooning, Philip entertains himself by building a miniature city out of household objects including books, game pieces, bowls, etc. However, when he finds himself inside the city and the city seemingly teeming with life, he must embark on a quest to prove himself as a 'Deliverer' and save the magical metropolis from destruction. A wonderful example of Nesbit's fantastic children's literature, “The Enchanted Castle” would make for perfect bedtime reading and is worthy of inclusion in any family collection. Edith Nesbit (1858 – 1924) was an English poet and author. She is perhaps best remembered for her children's literature, publishing more than 60 such books under the name E. Nesbit. She was also a political activist and co-founded the Fabian Society, which had a significant influence on the Labour Party and British politics in general. Other notable works by this author include: “The Prophet's Mantle” (1885), “Something Wrong” (1886), and “The Marden Mystery” (1896). Many vintage books such as this are becoming increasingly scarce and  expensive. It is with this in mind that we are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with a specially-commissioned new biography of the author.

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