Innovator of modern fantasy writing, MacDonald claimed, "I do not write for children, but for the childlike, whether of five . . . or seventy-five." This illustrated collection includes "Cross Purposes," "The Castle: A Parable," "Little Daylight," and the title tale. Your enjoyment will not be a fantasy! 172 pages, softcover from Eerdmans.
George MacDonald (1824-1905), the great nineteenth-century innovator of modern fantasy, influenced not only C. S. Lewis but also such literary masters as Charles Williams and J. R. R. Tolkien. Though his longer fairy tales Lilith and Phantastes are particularly famous, much of MacDonalds best fantasy writing is found in his shorter stories. In this volume editor Glenn Sadler has compiled some of MacDonalds finest short works marvelous fairy tales and stories certain to delight readers familiar with MacDonald and those about to meet him for the first time.
(1824-1905) The great nineteenth-century innovator ofmodern fantasy, whose works influenced C. S. Lewis, J. R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams. "I do not write forchildren," MacDonald once said, "but for the childlike,whether of five, or fifty, or seventy-five."
W. H. Auden
"George MacDonald is pre-eminently a mythopoeic writer. . . In his power to project his inner life into images, beings, landscapes which are valid for all, he is one of the most remarkable writers of the nineteenth century."
C. S. Lewis
"What George MacDonald does best is fantasy fantasy that hovers between the allegorical and the mythopoeic. And this, in my opinion, he does better than any man."
"Surely George MacDonald is the grandfather of us all all of us who struggle to come to terms with truth through fantasy."