The George MacDonald Society are pleased to recommend Barbara Amell's excellent Wingfold (please note that despite the similarity of the name this is an independent publication from the Wingfold Email List).
How to Subscribe:
An annual subscription (which includes all the issues for the current year so that no material is missed) costs:
Back issues are available @ $5 each ($8 Overseas)
Cheques should be made payable to 'Barbara Amell' rather than to Wingfold and she has the facility to take foreign cheques from all countries for the US equivalent of the amount with no added fee.
Barbara also has a 'Wingfold' Facebook Group for subscribers, which is used exclusively for posting new information on the MacDonald family.
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Highlights from back issues of Wingfold:
Winter 2005: Three reports of George MacDonald's three-lecture series on Dante's The Divine Comedy. This issue also includes one of the lengthiest reports of his extempore sermons, etc.
Winter 2006: Excellent first-person report of George MacDonald's lecture on Tennyson's In Menoriam, accompanied by article on the known history of this lecture. Issue also has two reports of MacDonald's 1890 sermons that plainly formed the basis for chapters in The Hope of the Gospel, etc.
Fall 2006: Devoted to George MacDonald's final UK lecture tour in 1891, with reports of his discourses from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales, plus excerpts from his 1891 tour letters to wife Louisa.
Winter 2007: The first known reprint of George MacDonald's short story "The Magic Mill" not previously documented; report of his New York sermon referenced in Greville MacDonald's biography as inspiring a lavish job offer from a Park Avenue church for MacDonald to become their minister, etc.
Fall 2007: Devoted to George MacDonald's North American lecture tour, chronicling the known history of his extempore sermons in America, lectures, letters, etc. The records indicate that MacDonald never once repeated a sermon text during his US tour.
Winter 2008: Superb report of George MacDonald's sermon from Shakespeare, with text from Othello; report of his sermon for a Presbyterian church in New York article on his lecture and sermon at Vassar, etc.
Winter 2009 Report of George MacDonald's lecture on "Dante's Beliefs." Article on Shakespearean influence in Lilith with excerpts from various lecture reports, etc.
Summer 2010: Extensive article on MacDonald's Shelley lectures, presents much evidence on the relation of his Shelley studies to At tbe Back af tbe North Wind. Report of MacDonald's lecture "The Religion of Shelley," reports of MacDonald's sermons in London, etc.
Fall 2011: George MacDonald's religious article for a Canadian publication, not previously documented. Excellent article on MacDonald's sermon in Ann Arbor, written by the Ann Arbor minister, report of his lecture on Tom Hood, family letters, etc.
Winter 2012: Documentation on George MacDonald's courses of Sermons from Shakespeare, with report of his 'Justice' discourse. MacDonald's last known published poem, a tribute to Queen Victoria. Sermon, etc.
Winter 2013: Extensive aticle on MacDonald's early friendship with Rev. Alexander J. Ross, documenting their mutual friendships with Lady Byron, F.D. Maurice, Thomas Carlyle, John Sterling and featuring letters from MacDonald and Ross not previously published. Description of MacDonald's Macbeth lecture in London, last known report of his sermon, etc.
Summer 2013: First reprint of literature and art from the long-lost Christmas Number of Good Words for the Young 1869, prepared when George MacDonald was first editor. Beautiful stories and poems by MacDonald and other writers, with structure similar to Adela Cathcart.
Wingfold is a quarterly publication devoted to restoring material by and about George MacDonald, in print since 1993.
Our 2014 issues will feature the first reprints of five reports on MacDonald's extempore seromons and reports of his lectures on Shakespeare's Julius Ceasar, Tennyson's In Memorium, Wordsworth's Poetry, and Robert Brownings "Christmas Eve"; poems not published in MacDonald's Poetical Works, including his first published poem, not previously reprinted due to an inaccurate reference in the family biography; texts for his 1855 hymns, and newly accessed MacDonald family letters. We will share accounts of lectures on George MacDonald by family members; reminiscences from people who had heard MacDonald preach and lecture; a 1906 column by a man who examined MacDonald's private book collection and more.
Our contemporary articles include "The Manchester Minister" which features exciting new information on the history of George MacDonald's independent church at Manchester; an extensive article on MacDonald's career as a lay preacher in London; and analysis of 1924 correspondence on MacDonald's Lilith; profiles of MacDonald family members, etc.
Our fall special edition will restore reports of George MacDonald's sermon and lecture in his home town of Huntly, with accompanying period articles from Aberdeenshire residents on MacDonald's life in the Huntly area and the neighbourhood's influence uopn his literature. Our featured artists will include H.C. Selous, G.J. Pinwell, Alfred Garth, Arthur Hughes, and others.