The Magic City

[PDF] The Magic City | by · E. Nesbit H.R. Millar - The Magic City, The Magic City Philip Haldane builds a play city out of odds and ends that comes to life when his beloved sister Helen marries Lucy s father But the nurse tears down the city and traps Lucy Peter The Deliverer mu [PDF] The Magic City | by · E. Nesbit H.R. Millar - The Magic City, The Magic City Philip Haldane builds a play city out of odds and ends that comes to life when his beloved sister Helen marries Lucy s father But the nurse tears down the city and traps Lucy Peter The Deliverer mu

  • Title: The Magic City
  • Author: E. Nesbit H.R. Millar
  • ISBN: 9781587170249
  • Page: 362
  • Format: Hardcover
The Magic City

[PDF] The Magic City | by · E. Nesbit H.R. Millar, The Magic City, E. Nesbit H.R. Millar, The Magic City Philip Haldane builds a play city out of odds and ends that comes to life when his beloved sister Helen marries Lucy s father But the nurse tears down the city and traps Lucy Peter The Deliverer must perform seven valorous deeds opposed by the Pretenderette a mysterious veiled woman who wants to be Queen Noah builds an ark and adventures abound [PDF] The Magic City | by · E. Nesbit H.R. Millar - The Magic City, The Magic City Philip Haldane builds a play city out of odds and ends that comes to life when his beloved sister Helen marries Lucy s father But the nurse tears down the city and traps Lucy Peter The Deliverer mu

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The Magic City

About “E. Nesbit H.R. Millar

  • E. Nesbit H.R. Millar

    Edith Nesbit married name Edith Bland 15 August 1858 4 May 1924 was an English author and poet she published her books for children under the name of E Nesbit.She wrote or collaborated on over 60 books of fiction for children, several of which have been adapted for film and television She was also a political activist and co founded the Fabian Society, a socialist organisation later connected to the Labour Party.Edith Nesbit was born in Kennington, Surrey, the daughter of agricultural chemist and schoolmaster John Collis Nesbit The death of her father when she was four and the continuing ill health of her sister meant that Nesbit had a transitory childhood, her family moving across Europe in search of healthy climates only to return to England for financial reasons Nesbit therefore spent her childhood attaining an education from whatever sources were available local grammars, the occasional boarding school but mainly through reading.At 17 her family finally settled in London and aged 19, Nesbit met Hubert Bland, a political activist and writer They became lovers and when Nesbit found she was pregnant they became engaged, marrying in April 1880 After this scandalous for Victorian society beginning, the marriage would be an unconventional one Initially, the couple lived separately Nesbit with her family and Bland with his mother and her live in companion Maggie Doran Nesbit discovered a few months into the marriage that Bland had been conducting an affair with Doran, fathering a child with her and previously promising to marry her Though they argued ferociously Nesbit did not end the marriage, choosing instead to move in properly with her husband and become friends with Doran She then began to help support Doran and her own family financially by writing and selling sentimental poetry Nesbit s writing career therefore truly began as a need to support another woman s child.As the family grew Nesbit and Bland became increasingly politically active In 1883 they were amongst the founding members of The Fabian Society, a socialist group that would have an enormous effect on the politics of Britain over the next century The couple named their third child Fabian after the society At around the same time Nesbit invited her close friend Alice Hoatson to live with the family as housekeeper and secretary, as Hoatson was pregnant out of wedlock Nesbit agreed to adopt the child to prevent a scandal However after the child was born it became clear that the father of the child was none other than Nesbit s own husband Bland Nesbit demanded that the mother and baby leave her house however Bland refused to allow it, stating he would leave her in turn if they could not remain Nesbit relented and adopted the baby, Rosamund, and later dedicated her book The Book of Dragons to her.Initially, Edith Nesbit books were novels meant for adults, including The Prophet s Mantle 1885 and The Marden Mystery 1896 about the early days of the socialist movement Written under the pen name of her third child Fabian Bland , these books were not successful Nesbit generated an income for the family by lecturing around the country on socialism and through her journalism she was editor of the Fabian Society s journal, Today.Between 1899 and 1900 Nesbit s life altered dramatically In 1899 Alice Hoatson had another child, John, with Bland whom Nesbit dutifully adopted as her own son That year the family moved to Well Hall House in Eltham, Kent In 1900 her son Fabian died suddenly from tonsillitis the loss would have a deep emotional impact and numerous subsequent Edith Nesbit books were dedicated to his memory These personal upsets were occurring at the same time as Nesbit s increasing success and fame as an author for children In 1899 she had published The Adventures of the Treasure Seekers to great acclaim.



130 thoughts on “The Magic City

  • The first real book I ever read on my own real in the sense of having a couple of hundred pages, not very many pictures, a plot, and some character development I remember being puzzled by the switches between the everyday world and the fantasy world, and not understanding what was going on until about a third of the way through Then a clue came up which was too obvious to miss He s in the magic city fighting the dragon it s a clockwork dragon he has a clockwork dragon in the everyday world aha T [...]


  • Thanks to Gutenberg for this excellent read Phillip has an idyllic existence with his much older half sister The first page reminded me of the tale of the teeny tiny woman , in their little house with the little garden and the little maidbut it gets better When everything seems absolutely perfect and changeless and wonderful, Phillip s sister reconnects with a childhood friend and horrors agrees to marry him Not only does Phil now have serious male competition for her time, attention and affecti [...]


  • I enjoyed this quite a bit Three stars for the book plus an extra star for thewellellar performance by reader Ruth Golding One of the best LibriVox offerings I ve discovered so far If you re looking for good titles for kids, put this one on your list And if you like children s stories for yourself, put this one on your list And if you don twellI shall just have to feel sorry for you.


  • Featuring this now on the Forgotten Classics podcast I ve known for some time that C.S Lewis loved E Nesbit s children s stories Recently I have come across a lot of varied authors upon whom Nesbit was an influence And then I read Gore Vidal s essay about Nesbit as the best of English fabulists who wrote about children, but not for children an important distinction, with his own endorsements.As it is, the absence of imagination is cruelly noticeable at every level of the American society, and th [...]


  • Este cl sico infantil y su autora, Edith Nesbit, me resultaban totalmente desconocidos hasta el momento, pero de la que ya me declaro seguidor, y tengo ganas de leer alguna obra m s.Me ha parecido una historia llena de magia y fantas a, que tiene por protagonistas a dos ni os Philip y Lucy, que hacen que la historia tenga tintes de ternura, con los que yo he conectado sacando mi ni o aventurero interior La historia, orientada claramente a un p blico m s infantil, es narrada en tercera persona, c [...]


  • E Nesbit with a model of The Magic City This book was a true delight to read, and probably her best one so far in comparison to The Enchanted Castle and The Railway Children I think if you are the sort of person who ever built a blanket fort and pretended it was real even if it was a million years ago and you were only 5 then , you will definitely enjoy this story If you aren t this type of person, I have a message for you you are really boring Build one now and save your soul heheheSure there w [...]



  • This was a cool book I liked the ideas in it, and the story was cool.With the exception of The Book of Dragons , and her other short fiction, I think I prefer E Nesbit s fantasy that has a grounding in the real world most There s a reason for this, though When she writes in pure fantasy mode, she tends to go faster and introduce characters quickly The adult characters in her pure fantasy stories totally cater to the fantasy settings, as well, and often seem like a part of the child s imaginati [...]


  • I read a fair amount of Edith Nesbit as a child, but hadn t run across this one About a boy who magically enters a city he had built of odds and ends, this book is reliable, if unexciting Nesbit.The story, and the substory about the boy making friends with his new step sister, doesn t bring much that s new But the magic of Nesbit s writing is in the light, good natured feel of her writing, and that s present here in full force.All in all, a nice, light hearted story, and a fun, safe read for you [...]


  • I savored this, taking my time reading it So delightful It reminded me L Frank Baum s Oz and certainly Nesbit could have made a series out the idea I wanted it to go on and on I liked Philip and Lucy s relationship, how it evolves and I liked how Nesbit gives her female characters some spunk, smarts and bravery All around charming


  • This was an enjoyable read, but somewhat dated It reminded me an awful lot of The Phantom Toolbooth, but given the publication date was around 1910, clearly it was the blueprint Parts were predictable, the climax was over too quickly, and the resolution was rushed.


  • Such a fun book I have loved it for years, it has worked well as read aloud for all 3 of my children at various ages Can completely see the influence on C.S Lewis.



  • A well written children s fantasy novel that holds up well even though it was written over a hundred years ago There are a few terms that are no longer in use, but these do not cause any difficulties for the reader I actually read the free ebook from gutenbergThe main character, Phillip, has grown up with a much older sister who is of a mother to him than a sister Eventually his sister grows into an adult and marries a childhood friend after the friend s wife has died He has a daughter, Lucy, w [...]


  • No ten a idea de qui n era E Nesbit y tampoco me sonaba el nombre de La Ciudad M gica pero la portada me atrajo altoque Lo compr para regalo, pero al final decid regalar otro por el que se mostr m s emocionada As comenc a leer esta historia y me encant Nesbit tiene una imaginaci n incre ble y ha inspirado a un mont n de escritoras como la de Narnia, Harry Potter y la del Castillo Ambulante Recomendad sisisisisimo Cuenta la historia de dos hermanastros Philip y Lucy que no se llevaban muy bien, p [...]


  • This is a terrific book It has a great protagonist, a lot of humor, and intriguing magic I like it very much




  • I enjoyed this quite a bit Three stars for the book plus an extra star for thewellellar performance by reader Ruth Golding One of the best LibriVox offerings I ve discovered so far.


  • Very cute book in the genre of epic children s fantasy, reminiscent of The Chronicles of Narnia I listened to this book on Librivox, so I had no idea how long it was, and found myself wondering in the middle if it would ever end so be prepared for a lengthy, but magical excursion.


  • Nesbit does it again for me I love this book so much The idea of imagination being what saves a child and makes him find peace and comfort in his life is beautiful, even perfect There are moments in this book that feel like Gulliver s Travels and I even have to think that C.S Lewis read and was influenced by her works because there are also moments that feel Narnia like here and this book came first I cannot recommend this one highly enough, even if she doesn t care for Americans, which you will [...]


  • Philip Haldane s parents are both dead, so Philip, who is ten, has been raised by his older half sister, Helen She s the only family he s had or wanted, and has always been a kind and caring and fun parent But now she s getting married to her childhood sweetheart, whose first wife died, and Philip is none too pleased about the situation He s so upset by the upheaval that he s nasty to his new stepsister and everyone in his new home, though Lucy, his stepsister, is excited finally to have a sibli [...]


  • This 1910 children s fantasy is a miniature literary delight if you can navigate the Edwardian asides which interrupt the storyline, and the endless stream of casually counted Deeds required of the juvenile protagonists Reminiscent of THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH and THE VOYAGES OF DR DOOLITTLE this quaint tale examines the source of true Magic the human heart and mind Not Five Children of IT fame but two this time, who are not even siblings, face dangers in a strange land a PAX until we get out of thi [...]


  • I m surprised at how much I didn t like it Phillip is a boy with a huge crush on his older sister When she gets married, he sulks and rebuffs the friendship of Lu, and earns the ire of the head nurse One day out of pure grey boredom he is allowed to use Lu s toys and makes a fantastic city But the city becomes real, and Lu is trapped in it.It sounds a lot better than it really is It s horrifically cute, with so much nonsense and treacly Britishness that you risk diabetes reading it There are Tri [...]


  • Our favorite book from Edward Eager s Tales of Magic series is Knight s Castle, a crazy mash up of Edith Nesbit s The Magic City and Ivanhoe, so when choosing a new book to read to the kids, we decided to check out one of the inspirations for Knight s Castle I m trying to get through Ivanhoe for myself The Magic City is typical crazy Nesbit Five Children and It, The Phoenix and the Carpet with a touch of the sentimental Nesbit The Railway Children It concerns a boy, Philip, who has been raised [...]


  • Such a fun book I have loved it for years, it has worked well as read aloud for all 3 of my children at various ages Can completely see the influence on C.S Lewis.


  • E Nesbit s work is about a hundred years old, which may make her a pioneer in the genre of children s fantasy There s no doubt in my mind that she influenced JKR this book even has a hippogriff and Edward Eager cites her often in his own books In fact, his Knight s Castle is a variation on this very book.Philip and Lucy are two kids who are brought together when his older sister and guardian marries her father Lucy is open to friendship, but Philip is not And when they find themselves in the mag [...]


  • I came across this novel by chance I was browsing among the many books on Kindle and found a bunch of free books This one sounded interesting so I downloaded it I started to read and found it to be a wonderful, interesting and fun book It caught my interest right at the start Miss Nesbit is an author with a great imagination It is about a young 8 yr old boy and his sister They are very close until she decides to be married After the marriage, Philip goes to live with his sister, her husband and [...]


  • E.Nesbit s The Enchanted Castle is one of my favorites for its wonderful mix of realistic Edwardian children embarking on amusing magical adventures This one has many of the features that make Nesbit a delight real world children who behave like children and have some depth and character development, adults who are mostly absent, and of course magic In this one, Philip s older sister who raised him gets married, and Philip must contend with a new household, a new stepsister, and a dreadful in th [...]


  • Edith Nesbit uses the most ordinary details of life to make you feel like you are present in the lives of the characters in her book You are present at the table where the bacon fat has gone grey on the plate because Philip isn t hungry He s feeling uneasy because an unknown man has befriended his sister and he senses that not everything is OK The reader is seeing the world through Philip s eyes so you share that sense of uneasiness and it makes you want to turn the page to see if the concern is [...]


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