George MacDonald

George Macdonald, 1824–1905, Scottish author. Ordained a Congregational minister, he eventually abandoned his vocation to become a writer and freelance 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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George MacDonald: Selected full-text books and articles

The Gold Thread: Essays on George MacDonald By William Raeper Edinburgh University Press, 1990
FREE! Stories for Little Folks: At the Back of the North Wind By Elizabeth Lewis; George MacDonald J. B. Lippincott Co., 1914
Sir Gibbie By George MacDonald Hurst and Blackett, Limited, 1988
FREE! The Princess and Curdie By Elizabeth Lewis; George MacDonald; Maria L. Kirk Lippincott, 1914
The Fantastic Sublime: Romanticism and Transcendence in Nineteenth-Century Children's Fantasy Literature By 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 By 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 By Billone, Amy Mosaic (Winnipeg), Vol. 37, No. 1, March 2004
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George MacDonald's Romantic Christianity in Lilith By McCann, Janet Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature, Vol. 54, No. 2, Winter 2002
Fantastic Literature: A Critical Reader By 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 By 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 By Brian Attebery Indiana University Press, 1980
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of George MacDonald begins on p. 6
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