George MacDonald, 1824-1905


Selected works


1855  Within and Without: A Poem

1857  Poems

1858  Phantastes, a Faerie Romance for Men and Women

1863  David Elginbrod [Scottish setting]

1864  The Portent; A Story of the Inner Vision of the Highlanders Commonly Called the Second
          Sight [reprinted by Harper & Row, 1979]

          Adela Cathcart [English setting]

             [a revised edition in 1882 omits fantasy stories that were later reprinted elsewhere]

1865  Alec Forbes of Howglen [Scottish setting]

1867  Unspoken Sermons

          The Disciple and Other Poems

          Dealings with Fairies [Fantasy stories]

          Annals of a Quiet Neighborhood [English setting]

1868  Robert Falconer [Scottish setting]

          A Seaboard Parish: A Sequel to “Annals of a Quiet Neighborhood”

             [English setting]

1870  The Miracles of Our Lord

1871  Works of Fancy and Imagination (10 vols.) [Fantasy stories & poetry]

           At the Back of the North Wind [Fantasy ; Reprinted often]

1872  The Princess and the Goblin [Fantasy ; Reprinted often]

          The Vicars Daughter. Autobiographical Story, being a Sequel to "Annals of a Quiet
          Neighborhood" and "The Seaboard Parish” [English setting]

          Wilfrid Cumbermede; An Autobiographical Story

1875  Malcolm [Scottish setting]

1876  Thomas Wingfold, Curate

1877  The Marquis of Lossie [A sequel to Malcolm]

1879  Paul Faber, Surgeon [English setting]

           Sir Gibbie [Scottish setting]

1880  A Book of Strife, in the Form of the “Diary of an Old Soul” [Poetry]

1882  The Gifts of the Child Christ (2 vols.) [Fantasy stories]

1883  The Princess and Curdie [Fantasy ; Reprinted often]

          Donal Grant [A sequel to Sir Gibbie]

1886  Unspoken Sermons: Second Series

1889  Unspoken Sermons: Third Series

1892  The Hope of the Gospel

1893  Poetical Works 2 vols.

          A Dish of Orts [Essays]

          The Light Princess and Other Fairy Tales [Fantasy stories]

1895  Lilith, a Romance [Fantasy]

1904  The Fairy Tales

1905  Phantastes [Reprint of 1858 edition with illustrations]


Selected later anthologies & reprints


1946   George MacDonald, an Anthology / ed. C. S. Lewis [Mostly excerpts from Unspoken Sermons]
1954  Visionary Novels: Lilith, Phantastes / ed. Anne Freemantle, intro. W. H. Auden.

1964  Phantastes and Lilith / intro. C. S. Lewis.

1973  The Gifts of the Child Christ; Fairytales and Stories for the Childlike / ed. Glenn E. Sadler.

           An Expression of Character: The Letters of George MacDonald / ed. Glen E. Sadler.


Johannesen Publishers (Whitehorn, CA) has made available facsimile reprints

of almost all of MacDonald’s works in the 1990’s.

N.B.: Stay away from the many modern edited, reworded & retold versions of MacDonald’s works;

 these are plentiful, but certainly not desirable.


Selected works about MacDonald


John M. Bulloch. "A Bibliography of George MacDonald" in Aberdeen University Library Bulletin
            5:30 (Feb. 1925) 679-747.

Rolland Hein. The Harmony Within; The Spiritual Vision of George MacDonald. Grand Rapids:
            Eerdmans, 1982.

Rolland Hein. George MacDonald: Victorian Mythmaker. Nashville: Star Song, 1993.

Joseph Johnson. George MacDonald: A Biographical and Critical Appreciation. London: Pitman, 1906.

Greville MacDonald. George MacDonald and His Wife. London: Allen & Unwin, 1924.

[written by one of MacDonald’s sons]

Ronald MacDonald. "George MacDonald: A Personal Note" in From a Northern Window. London:
            James Nisbet, 1911. p.55-113. [written by one of MacDonald’s sons]

Roderick McGillis. “George MacDonald” in Dictionary of Literary Biography 163: British Children’s
           Writers, 1800-1880 (1996) 183-193.

Colin Manlove. "George MacDonald" in Modern Fantasy: Five Studies. Cambridge: Cambridge
            University, 1975 (55-98)

Colin Manlove. “George MacDonald” in Scottish Fantasy Literature: A Critical Survey. Edinburgh:
            Canongate Academic, 1994 (83-102)

Colin Manlove. “George MacDonald’s Fairy Tales” in Christian Fantasy: From 1200 to the Present.
            Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1992.

William Raeper (ed.). The Golden Thread: Essays on George MacDonald. Edinburgh University
            Press, 1990.

William Raeper. George MacDonald. Tring, Herts: Lion Publishing, 1987.

Richard H. Reis. George MacDonald. New York: Twayne, 1972. (Twayne's English Authors
            Series ; 119)

David S. Robb. George MacDonald. Edinburgh: Scottish Academic Press, 1987.

Glenn E. Sadler. Cosmic Vision: A Study of the Poetry of George MacDonald Ph.D. dissertation.
            Aberdeen University, 1966.

William Webb. George MacDonald: A Study of Two Novels. Salzburg Studies in English Literature,


                                                     PJS [rev. 7/06]


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