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Fairy Tales: Classic stories for the childlike–young and old!–by the man who inspired C.S. Lewis

Featuring Arthur Hughes’ original illustrations and the introduction by George MacDonald’s son, Greville MacDonald, from the 1904 edition, plus a new Preface by MacDonald’s great-great-grandson, Christopher, and a new Foreword by C.S. Lewis’ stepson, Douglas Gresham.

For over 150 years, the childlike of all ages have delighted in these classic stories by George MacDonald (1824-1905), the grandfather of modern fantasy fiction. He was the single greatest influence on C.S. Lewis (author of the Chronicles of Narnia), who wrote “I have never concealed the fact that I regarded him as my master; indeed, I fancy I have never written a book in which I did not quote from him.” MacDonald was revered by G.K. Chesterton and J.R.R. Tolkien in the last century, and by Andrew Peterson, author of The Wingfeather Saga, in our own–to name just a few of many!

Fairy Tales was first published in 1904 by the author’s son, Greville MacDonald, and includes eight of his father’s greatest short stories: The Light Princess, The Giant’s Heart, The Golden Key, The Shadows, Little Daylight, Cross Purposes, The Carasoyn, and The Day Boy and the Night Girl.

This edition includes Greville’s original introduction and the title page and thirteen illustrations created by Arthur Hughes, who worked closely with George MacDonald throughout his career. To the contents of the original we have added a preface by Christopher MacDonald, the author’s great-great-grandson, and a foreword by Douglas Gresham, C.S. Lewis’ stepson.

Robert Falconer – Book Trailer

Robert Falconer is one of the greatest novels by George MacDonald, the man whom C.S. Lewis called his “master.” In his preface, translator David Jack writes that Robert Falconer “revolves around a twin-search by the hero: one after the prodigal earthly father whom he barely remembers to have seen, the other in pursuit of a Heavenly Father through the densest of theological fogs engendered by the well-meaning religious instruction of his Calvinist grannie…the odyssey left me spellbound, and here I found the essence of MacDonald’s spiritual vision encapsulated in a soaring work of fiction (soaring like the notes of Robert’s cherished violin): namely that ‘Fatherhood is at the great world’s core.’” MacDonald’s frequent use of Scots in the dialogue of many of his novels has posed a problem for many readers. This breakthrough edition of Robert Falconer presents the complete original text, but places English translations side-by-side with the Scots. It also features an introduction by best-selling author Michael Phillips, the world’s foremost expert on George MacDonald, along with fifteen original illustrations by artist Leighton Isaacs.

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Castle Warlock – Book Trailer

George MacDonald’s Castle Warlock is many things: a mystery, an adventure, a coming-of-age story, a celebration of the beauty of the Scottish Highlands, and a revelation of spiritual truth. At the novel’s center are two unforgettable characters, young Cosmo Warlock and his father, the Laird of Glenwarlock. Michael Phillips captured the essence of this Christian classic when he wrote that “most striking of all is the love which exists between Cosmo and his aging father, in the heart of which pulsed the earliest attraction of the boy toward the heartbeat of God himself.”

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Malcolm – Book Trailer

The Works of George MacDonald

 

Donal Grant – Trailer

The twelve novels MacDonald set in his homeland make frequent use of Scots dialogue, which has posed a problem for many would-be readers. This new edition of DONAL GRANT, the sequel to SIR GIBBIE, and book four in the translation series, provides the complete original text, but places English side-by-side with the Scots. Also featured is an introduction by renowned MacDonald authority and best-selling author Michael Phillips, along with more of the distinguished artwork of SIR GIBBIE’s illustrator Carrie Stout.

In his preface, translator David Jack praises DONAL GRANT as “a story-sermon par excellence” in which MacDonald blends his powerful mythmaking with his no less powerful preaching: the result being “a kind of fairy-tale for grown-ups.” Donal himself he compares to the author, claiming that both bring us (as Donal brings the proud but unhappy heiress Lady Arctura) “news from a far country, for the lack of which she had been slowly perishing.”

Unique features of this edition of Donal Grant:
***English translations of all Scots dialogue side-by-side with the original text
***Ten original illustrations by artist Carrie Stout
***Introduction by best-selling author Michael Phillips

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The Works of George MacDonald

The Works Online Bookstore: featuring the Scots-English editions, Consuming Fire, and much, much more.

GEORGE MACDONALD (1824-1905), forerunner of the Inklings–Scottish minister, poet, novelist, and imaginative seer– was one of the most beloved Victorian authors throughout Great Britain and the U.S. in the 19th century. He wrote some 50 volumes of novels, poetry, short stories, fantasy, sermons, and essays. His influential body of work placed him alongside his era’s great men of letters and his following was vast. Two decades after his death, his books were pivotal in leading C.S. Lewis to Christianity. He thus became the foundational member of Wheaton’s Wade Center “Seven.”

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