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Everything MacDonald is intended as the ultimate research resource, listing and whenever possible providing links to books, articles, videos, stage productions, etc. relating to works by, about, or inspired by George MacDonald. Links to audio versions are in the works; to bring anything we've missed to our attention, please email email@example.com. Below is an example from the interactive PDF titled Novels:
Edited versions from Michael Phillips:
The Maiden’s Bequest
Alec Forbes and His Friend Annie, Young Reader’s Edition
Essays and Articles:
“When Bad Girls Go Good: Stereotype Reversals in George MacDonald’s Alec Forbes of Howlgen” by Ginger Stelle
“1865 Review” Wingfold: Spring 2006
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"...And now, when a fellow feels miserable, he is to cry to that dead man, who said of himself that he was meek and lowly in heart, and straightway the poor beggar shall find rest to his soul! All I can say is that, if he find rest so, it will be the rest of an idiot! Believe me, Helen, a good Havannah and a bottle of claret would be considerably more to the purpose;—for ladies, perhaps rather a cup of tea and a little Beethoven!..."
Sometimes George MacDonald expressed humor through light-hearted poetical nonsense. In the excerpt below, from At the Back of the North Wind, Little Diamond, a young sickly child, has just returned from driving his father’s cab all day to make money for the family while his father was ill. Diamond is so happy at the end of the day that, after giving the day’s earnings to his mother, he goes to his baby brother, picks him up, and begins to sing a nonsense poem to him...
In the excerpt below from St. George and St. Michael, vol. 1, George MacDonald presents a humorous situation. For protection during the danger of brewing war, Dorothy Vaughn, because of family relations, goes to live in a castle with the Marquis and his family, attendants, and servants. Shortly after Dorothy’s arrival, her dog, who had not come with her in the move, finds a way into the castle in search of her. The humor comes in the fact that the dog’s name is Marquis, so when Dorothy calls the dog, the Marquis of the castle thinks she is calling him...
Those who say justice means the punishment of sin, and mercy the not punishing of sin, and attribute both to God, would make a schism in the very idea of God.
Some readers are left cold by Lilith--where do you stand on the novel and why? What scenes and characters from both Lilith and Phantastes have had the greatest impact on you? How shocked were you by the revelation of the Raven's identity? What are the most perplexing aspects of either work?