Item description for Lilith (Fantasy Stories) by George MacDonald...
Overview An Oxford undergraduate encounters an elusive spirit in the library of his ancestral mansion
Publishers Description Introduction by C. S. Lewis Lilith is equal if not superior to the best of Poe, wrote W. H. Auden in his introduction to the 1954 reprint of George MacDonald s "Lilith," which was first published in 1895.It is the story of Mr. Vane, an orphan and heir to a large house -- a house in which he has a vision that leads him through a large old mirror into another world. In chronicling the five trips Mr. Vane makes to this other world, MacDonald hauntingly explores the ultimate mystery of evil.
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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.99" Width: 6.03" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 1981
Publisher Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Grade Level Multiple Grades
Series Fantasy Stories
ISBN 0802860613 ISBN13 9780802860613
Availability 0 units.
More About George MacDonald
George Macdonald was born at Huntly, in the western part of Aberdeenshire on 10 December, 1824, the son of George Macdonald, farmer, and Helen MacKay. He was educated in country schools where Gaelic myths and Old Testament stories abounded. He then went on to Aberdeen University in the early 1840's obtaining awards in Moral Philosophy and Sciences. Next he studied for the Congregationalist ministry at Highbury College, London.
In 1850 he was made pastor at Arundel, West Sussex, England. MacDonald resigned however after three years of not living up to the congregational authorities’ expectations for more dogmatic sermons and being accused of heresy. Rejecting his Calvinist upbringing and doctrine of predestination, he came to believe in the divine presence but not divine providence and felt that everyone was capable of redemption.
George MacDonald married Louisa Powell in 1851 and they had six sons and five daughters together. One of their sons, Greville Macdonald would later become a writer himself and author a biography of his father. After a stay in Algiers to gain his health back MacDonald returned to England to tutor and write to provide for his ever-growing family and preach freelance when time permitted. Despite his successful career as a published writer he was continually forced to rely on the charity of his friends. Lady Byron was one such patron who assisted him until her death in 1860 as well as John Ruskin. MacDonald was mentor to C.S. Lewis; formed a strong friendship with Mark Twain after a tumultuous start and G. K. Chesterton, Henry Longfellow, and Walt Whitman were also counted among his friends. Some of his early poetry was Within and Without (1855) and Poems (1857), however his first real successes came with his Scottish country life stories such as David Elginbrod (1862), Alec Forbes (1865) and Robert Falconer (1868).
The 1870s brought an invitation for MacDonald to tour and lecture in America. He was well-received by huge audiences and by writers such as Ralph Waldo Emerson. A well-paid ministerial position was offered him but he chose to return to England. In 1877 he was pensioned at the request of Queen Victoria. The ill health that had plagued MacDonald the greater part of his life forced him to seek the warmer climates of Europe. One of his daughters was taken to Italy for a cure in 1877 though she ended up dying. However Macdonald found the climate of such benefit to his own maladies that he spent most of the years from 1881 to 1902 in Bordighera, Italy, "Heaven of the English" in his house "Casa Coraggio." His wife was the organist of the Catholic church there and they often held concerts and amateur plays in their home socializing and having a merry time. Titles published around this time were Sir Gibbie (1879), Donal Grant (1883), and the moral allegories Lilith (1895) and Robert Falconer (1868) show MacDonald's early distaste for the limiting Calvinist God's electing to love some and denying it to others.
Louisa Powell died one year after her and George's golden wedding anniversary, in 1902. George Macdonald, after a long illness, died at Ashstead, Surrey, England on 18 September, 1905. His remains were cremated and they were taken to his beloved Bordighera for interment alongside his wife. A memorial to George MacDonald has been erected in the Drumblade Churchyard, Aberdeenshire.
In his George MacDonald: An Anthology (1947) C. S. Lewis states that while reading a copy of MacDonald's Phantastes (1858) "a few hours later," through inspiration of the gentle Christian's words "I knew I had crossed a great frontier.".... "I know hardly any other writer who seems closer, or more continually close, to the Spirit of Christ himself." W.H. Auden and J. R. R. Tolkien also admired his efforts. Phantastes was to become a definitive work of MacDonald's career. Through his writing, peppered with the Doric Dialect, he asserted that there was a God and art and the expression of creativity of spirit brought one closer to Him. Other successful titles were At the Back of the North Wind (1871), The Princess and the Goblin (published sometime in the 1880s) and it's sequel The Princess and Curdie (1883). The Diary of an Old Soul first published posthumously in 1965 strikes a deeper note of thoughtfulness where MacDonald offers a prayer for each day of the year.
George MacDonald was born in 1824 and died in 1905.
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George MacDonald being the contemporary to CS Lewis and JRR Tolkein is absolutely the most incredible fanatsy writer ever. He is much better than Tolkein and Lewis. I am a little more than 1/2 way through Lilith and I LOVE it. It is not for kids. It is scary and creepy and would make an amazing film! I would love to see it on film! I think it is frankly the most interesting fantasy by him. I love his kids books, but this one is just incredible. I am enjoying it very much! If you like fantasy....this is the book for you. CS Lewis has a nice comentary in the front of this copy and it was very interesting to read what Lewis said about MacDonald.
Lilith: First and Final Aug 7, 2007
The Johannesen edition of George MacDonald's Lilith is a truly valuable library addition for any literary student or MacDonald scholar. Not only is the Johannesen text hardbound in a slick, dark green cover with gold leafing for the front cover and spine, as well as the highly durable, acid-free pages within, but the fact that the Johannesen edition contains both the final, printed version of Lilith and the original, handwritten manuscript ("Lilith A") that has never before been published. Because of this, the serious MacDonald reader can now study the author's original work alongside the final version.
MacDonald was a true believer in the power of revision and loved to make his works even greater. He was said to have written the entire first version of Lilith in a single setting - completely under the inspiration of God. However, as time continued, he created multiple drafts out of his original idea before the final version was published. The "Lilith A" manuscript is, in essence, a completely different work and is about 174 pages with appropriate markings for words that MacDonald marked out, as well as the original page breaks.
Again, this is an attractive edition and is well worth the price for any literary student, not to mention the fact that the Johannesen editions of MacDonald's works are considered to be authoritative. Hopefully, this review has been helpful - happy shopping.
I was disappointed Jul 2, 2007
I loved George MacDonald as a child, and looked for this book unsuccessfully for several years. When I finally found it I was excited, but when I read it I was not crazy about it. It seems very dated (and I love many other old novels) and the allegory is both too obvious and too complicated. The main character is just not engaging. Overall, I was underwhelmed.
Slow to get going but worth the wait Jun 18, 2007
I don't usually give a book 7 chapters to get going but it's George MacDonald and I wanted to see it through. The book is wildly imaginative which is what I always like about his work and has some lofty themes. I would recommend it to any fantasy buff.
Fairly Good Nov 24, 2006
This was a most interesting story which was entertaining but did not seem to have much meaning behind it. That or I missed it, cause most of MacDonald's stuff has depth. Like I said of Phantastes, this book is pure fairy tale, and should not be treated as a novel or more serious story.
Note that the whole concept of Adam having a first wife before Eve is very odd, but should not ruin the book. Regardless of content, the imagery is excellent, and the story itself is wierd but enjoyable. What tends to stick out most is its sureal events and places, which is precisely the details that make good fairy tales. (that and brief simplicity)
I must admit it is quite engrossing if the reader allows themselves to be drawn in, which tends to happen whether or not you want it to.