Today marks the anniversary of the death of George Macdonald.
Although I was familiar with Macdonald’s name through the work of C.S. Lewis before I went to college, it was as a student of David Neuhouser at Taylor University that I was immersed into Macdonald’s work. I was particular captivated by his fantasy stories, and his non-fiction. I was much less enthralled by his general fiction, which although it explored many rich themes, often veered into Scottish dialects and like other Victorian novels of his day, was abundantly wordy.(There are editions that have been edited into contemporary English by Michael Phillips, but the editing renders them sounding too much like Christian romance novels by Michael Phillips for my tastes!)
For those of you who aren’t familiar with George Macdonald’s work — you should be — so, here is a brief guide to lead you into the thick of his work.
Which books have you read? Which have impacted you most?
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This is my favorite of Macdonald’s novels and it obviously had a deep impact on C.S. Lewis as well, as he once proclaimed: “What it actually did to me was to convert, even to baptise … my imagination.”