George MacDonald

George Macdonald, 1824–1905, Scottish author. Ordained a Congregational minister, he eventually abandoned his vocation to become a writer and free-lance preacher. His first published works were several volumes of poetry, including the narrative poem Within and Without (1855), Phantastes (1858), and Lilith (1895), the last two both moral allegories. Macdonald achieved his first real success with his novels of life in rural Scotland, notably David Elginbrod (1863), Alec Forbes (1865), and Robert Falconer (1867). His lasting reputation, however, rests upon his superb allegorical fairy stories for children; they include At the Back of the North Wind (1871), The Princess and the Goblin (1872), and The Princess and Curdie (1882).

See biography by his son Greville Macdonald (1924, repr. 1971).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

The Gold Thread: Essays on George MacDonald
William Raeper.
Edinburgh University Press, 1990
FREE! Stories for Little Folks: At the Back of the North Wind
Elizabeth Lewis; George MacDonald.
J. B. Lippincott Co., 1914
Sir Gibbie
George MacDonald.
Hurst and Blackett, Limited, 1988
FREE! The Princess and Curdie
Elizabeth Lewis; Maria L. Kirk; George MacDonald.
Lippincott, 1914
The Fantastic Sublime: Romanticism and Transcendence in Nineteenth-Century Children's Fantasy Literature
David Sandner.
Greenwood Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 8 "The Fantastic Sublime in George MacDonald's At the Back of the North Wind"
Tending the Heart of Virtue: How Classic Stories Awaken a Child's Moral Imagination
Vigen Guroian.
Oxford University Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "Heroines of Faith and Courage: Princess Irene in The Princess and the Goblin and Lucy in Prince Caspian"
Hovering between Irony and Innocence: George MacDonald's "The Light Princess" and the Gravity of Childhood
Billone, Amy.
Mosaic (Winnipeg), Vol. 37, No. 1, March 2004
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George MacDonald's Romantic Christianity in Lilith
McCann, Janet.
Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature, Vol. 54, No. 2, Winter 2002
Fantastic Literature: A Critical Reader
David Sandner.
Praeger, 2004
Librarian’s tip: "The Fantastic Imagination (1890)" by George MacDonald begins on p. 64
The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature
Humphrey Carpenter; Mari Prichard.
Oxford University Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: "MacDonald, George (1824-1905)" begins on p. 328
The Fantasy Tradition in American Literature: From Irving to Le Guin
Brian Attebery.
Indiana University Press, 1980
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of George MacDonald begins on p. 6
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