Lilith and The Queen’s Gambit: Two Ingenue Who Learn Love Through Sacrifice

Lilith, MacDonald’s final novel written forty years after Phantastes, continues its themes of nature throbbing with vitality, shrouded in beauty, and birthing joy. One key insight from Phantastes, that love […]

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Fight the Miserable Things: Reflections on Joy in At the Back of the North Wind

Ironically, viewing the year 2020 in hindsight may bring more despair and confusion than comfort and clarity of vision. As a result, we may turn often to literature of significance […]

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The Richness of Plain Talk: Interview with David Jack on Translating the Beauty of George MacDonald

There was no question of getting through to the kernel and throwing away the shell: no question of a gilded pill. The pill was gold all through. The quality which […]

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Romanticism, the Marble Lady, and Orders of Longing in Phantastes

George MacDonald’s novel Phantastes: A Faerie Romance for Men and Women (1858), featuring the coming-of-age tale of the twenty-one-year old Anodos through Fairy Land, bears the marks of MacDonald’s near […]

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