George MacDonald Society
You can now join the George MacDonald Society online (irrespective of your geographical location) and your subscription will include a hard copy of the next edition of North Wind, our respected annual academic journal.
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Ever Yours CD
Ever Yours is a CD-ROM of the complete works of George MacDonald in .rtf (Word compatible) and .pdf format. MacDonald generally worked on three or four books at a time, producing about fifty books in a forty-year period. This CD contains his complete works, plus Louisa MacDonald´s stage adaptation of Pilgrim´s Progress II. The works are arranged chronologically, partly to invite comparisons between the books written close to one another and also to give a perspective of his unfading genius. From Phantastes, a Faerie Romance in 1858, to his crowning achievement, Lilith, a Romance in 1895, MacDonald´s faith and imagination remained strong. A handful of his writings are considered masterpieces and classics, but all his books convey a unique and consistent vision of the harmony of creation and the love of the Creator.
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Note: For Windows PCs only. There have been reports of problems reading the CDs on Apple Computers
A Novel Pulpit: Sermons from George MacDonald's Novels
Each of the sermons from ten MacDonald novels has an introduction giving some explanation of the setting of the sermon or of the plot, if that is necessary for understanding the sermon.
A Novel Pulpit is the first in what is planned as a bi-annual book series by The Center for the Study of C.S. Lewis and Friends at Taylor University.
Editor, David L. Neuhouser is the Scholar in Residence at Taylor University and the author of two other books
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Diary of an Old Soul and The White Page Poems
George MacDonald and Betty Aberlin
In 1880, George MacDonald, the Scottish poet, novelist and preacher, in the wake of the deaths of two of his children, published A Book of Strife in the Form of the Diary of an Old Soul. This book, which unites grief and hope in hard-won faith, contains a poem for every day of the year. In the first edition of this classic collection there was a blank page opposite each page of poems. Readers were invited to write their own reflections on the "white page." MacDonald wrote: "Let your white page be ground, my print be seed, growing to golden ears, that faith and hope may feed."
Betty Aberlin, a native New Yorker of Russian-Jewish ancestry, raised in post-Holocaust orthodox atheism and nurtured in the arts, responded to MacDonald's invitation with daily poems of her own. Following the strict poetic form of The Diary of an Old Soul was an illuminating experience. In her own 7-line, 3-rhyme, 10-syllable pattern, Aberlin created a unique mixture of recurring themes and images drawing from Judaism, Christianity and her experiences as an actress and artist. Her vision is fresh and honest, revealing a keen observation of nature and human nature, from the exhilarations of faith, hope and love to the despairs of war, rejection and failure. Aberlin opens a path into spiritual reflection for the thoughtful reader to follow.
Here are a few of the accolades for The White Page Poems:
"In this labor of love, Betty Aberlin's close readings of George MacDonald's verses, and her thoughtful responses to them speak clearly of her poetic gifts and spiritual intelligence."
"An awesome collection and collaboration."
"A fascinating new book . . . fresh and incisive."
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George MacDonald: Literary Heritage and Heirs
14 Essays on the Background and Legacy of his Writing
Edited by Roderick McGillis
It has been many years since Roderick McGillis edited For the Childlike, a landmark collection of essays about George MacDonald's writings. This latest collection of 14 essays sets a new standard that will influence MacDonald studies for many more years. George MacDonald experts are increasingly evaluating his entire corpus within the nineteenth century context. This volume provides further evidence that MacDonald will eventually emerge from the restrictive and somewhat misleading reputation of being C.S. Lewis' spiritual "master."
MacDonald scholar, Stephen Prickett writes: "This is an important, exciting, and even challenging and controversial volume. It looks, as never before, at MacDonald's historical imagination, the influence of his native Scottish culture, the impact of English and German Romanticism, his reading of the Bible, his interest in Darwinism, and in the Victorian intellectual environment as a whole. Several contributors provocatively discuss recent adaptations, redactions, and presentations of MacDonald's work and thought. This collection of essays truly places MacDonald in context."
Rolland Hein, author of George MacDonald: Victorian Mythmaker, writes: "Many astute critical judgments in this comprehensive collection represent the best of contemporary scholarship on George MacDonald."
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Behind the Back of the North Wind: Critical Essays on George MacDonald's Classic Children's Book
Edited by John Pennington and Roderick McGillis
George MacDonald's AT THE BACK OF THE NORTH WIND has enticed critics since its publication in 1871. The unique blend of fairy tale atmosphere and social realism in this novel laid the groundwork for modern fantasy literature. In the novel, Little Diamond, a kind and precocious boy living in poverty, is befriended by the mysterious North Wind, who takes him on her nightly adventures. Written in intensely poetic language, AT THE BACK OF THE NORTH WIND transcends the genres of children's book or fairy tale. BEHIND THE BACK OF THE NORTH WIND includes 16 essays on this enigmatic and richly layered fantasy novel - with perspectives ranging from the influence of MacDonald's Christian worldview or the relation between fantasy and reality, to grappling with AT THE BACK OF THE NORTH WIND as children's literature. A variety of artist's illustrations are included, from editions published between 1871 to 1988, visually reinforcing the imaginative impact MacDonald's classic story continues to have on readers. This collection of essays is designed as a companion volume to Broadview Press's critical edition of AT THE BACK OF THE NORTH WIND, also edited by Pennington and McGillis.
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Shadows and Chivalry: C. S. Lewis and George MacDonald on Suffering, Evil and Goodness
By Jeff McInnis
Foreword by Robert Trexler
SHADOWS AND CHIVALRY studies the influence of George MacDonald, a nineteenth-century Scottish novelist and fantasy writer, upon one of the most influential writers of modern times, C. S. Lewis - the creator of Narnia, literary critic, and best-selling apologist. While other books, quoting Lewis himself, have only mentioned the fact that Lewis called MacDonald his "master," and that MacDonald's Phantastes helped "baptize" Lewis's imagination, this study attempts to trace the overall effect of MacDonald's work on Lewis's thought and imagination. Without ever ceasing to be a story of one man's influence upon another, the study also serves as an exploration of each writer's thought on, and literary visions of, good and evil. Lastly, using the metaphor of chivalry, McInnis looks at what Lewis and MacDonald believed to be greater than either suffering or hell: the severe and tender Love who longs to save.
"By far the most penetrating and exhaustive study that I have seen of the origin in George MacDonald's writings of so many of C. S. Lewis's ideas. Jeff McInnis's sensitive and highly informed judgments greatly enrich our understanding of their imaginative and devotional achievement. A genuinely enriching read for any earnest Christian mind."
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Through the Year with George MacDonald: 365 Daily Readings
Edited by Rolland Hein
Foreword by Douglas Gresham
George MacDonald was a many-faceted nineteenth-century writer-an ordained minister without a church, a popular lecturer, college professor, and most famously, the author nearly 50 books. From sermons to poetry, scholarly essays to novels, and fantasy romances to fairy stories, his writing often combines the flavor of the fantastic with a scent of the spiritual-all the while evincing wisdom based in reality. Rolland Hein, eminent MacDonald scholar, biographer, and editor of this anthology, aptly quotes from MacDonald's novel The Marquis of Lossie, "Life and religion are one, or neither is anything...." The selections from Through the Year with George MacDonald are proof of the unity of MacDonald's vision. They are also proof of the decades Dr. Hein has spent immersed in the writings of this remarkable author, compiling a devotional book that readers will return to many times over for inspiration.
"Many who are aware of C.S. Lewis's indebtedness to George MacDonald and, as a consequence, have desired to know this Scottish author better, will find this anthology to be the perfect way into his writings. Rolland Hein is a wise and accomplished guide to MacDonald, presenting readers with selections that speak engagingly of deep spiritual truths such as kindness, trust, obedience, holiness-and chief among these always, the unending love of God the Father for each one of His children. Indeed, in this volume you will encounter, as MacDonald compellingly demonstrates, 'life essential."
"C.S. Lewis said of George MacDonald, "I know hardly any other writer who seems... closer... to the Spirit of Christ Himself." In this devotional book, renowned scholar Rolland Hein presents gems from the rich array of MacDonald's writings-a rare treasure for all who wish to walk beside one who practiced the presence of God."
Rolland Hein is professor emeritus at Wheaton College and the author of several books about George MacDonald.
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The Near Loss of Everything
Dale Wayne Slusser
Dale Wayne Slusser's book, The Near Loss of Everything, tells the late nineteenth-century story of Ravenscroft High School's most famous headmaster, Ronald MacDonald. Ronald was the son of the famous British writer, George MacDonald, author of such books as The Princess and the Goblin and At the Back of the North Wind. Ravenscroft High School was an Episcopalian boarding school for boys located in Asheville, NC. Slusser combines the biographer's skill in detailing the joys and trials of his main subject, with the historian's skill of bringing an aspect of Asheville's past to life.
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