Phantastes: A Faerie Romance

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One of the first great works of nineteenth-century fantasy fiction, Phantastes inspired many of the great Christian and fantasy authors of the twentieth century. A fairy tale for adults, it is the captivating story of a wealthy young man who takes an unplanned journey into a fantastic nether world. Led by an enchanting sprite (discovered inside an old desk once owned by his deceased father), he meets a diverse cast of characters, among them a fairy queen, as well as sinister figures who threaten his spiritual well-being.
Outstanding for its imaginative characters, vivid action, and subtle yet powerful moral messages, this book, first published 100 years ago, earned MacDonald recognition as "The Grandfather of Modern Fantasy," and a tribute from W. H. Auden as "one of the most remarkable writers of the 19th century." Of this work, C. S. Lewis wrote, "It will baptize your imagination."
Enhanced with 14 illustrations by Pre-Raphaelite artist Arthur Hughes, Phantastes offers readers an enlightening experience and a memorable literary journey.
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George MacDonald, December 10, 1824 - September 18. 1905 George MacDonald was born on December 10, 1824 in Huntley, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. He attended University in Aberdeen in 1840 and then went on to Highbury College in 1848 where he studied to be a Congregational Minister, receiving his M. A. His first appointment was in Arundel, but he was forced to resign form the position in 1853. He became a lecturer in English Literature at Kings College in London before finally focusing all of his attention on writing and living off the charity of friends and pupils. In 1955, MacDonald wrote his first important original work, a long religious poem entitled "Within and Without." Three years later in 1858, he wrote "Phantastes," his first contribution to the fantasy genre. It was influenced by both the English and Germanic Romantic writers and religious poets of the Renaissance. MacDonald is perhaps best known for his fantasy children's books, although he wrote fantasy books for adults as well. His most well known children's book is "At the Back of the North Wind," which was surprisingly a favorite of Mark Twain's children. In 1863, MacDonald published "David Eiginbrod, the first of a dozen novels that were set in Scotland and based on the lives of rural Scots. It was these series of novels that gained MacDonald worldwide fame and brought money to the foundering MacDonald family. MacDonald was a friend and confident of Lewis Carroll and John Ruskin. He exchanged letters with Mark Twain, and met Walt Whitman and many other American writers on his trips to America. MacDonald also inspired his later compatriots, such as C. S. Lewis, with his blend of fantasy and Christianity. George MacDonald died in Ashtead, Surrey, England, on September 18. 1905. His body is buried in Bordighea, Italy, a place he spent most of his later years in.

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Courier Corporation
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Published on
Mar 13, 2012
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Pages
224
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ISBN
9780486121949
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Fantasy / General
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A pioneering author of fantasy literature and the mentor of Lewis Carroll, George MacDonald produced a diverse body of works, including realist novels, children’s fantasy classics, innovative short stories, leading poetry and a range of non-fiction texts. For the first time in publishing history, this comprehensive eBook presents MacDonald’s complete works, with numerous illustrations, rare texts, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)

* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to MacDonald’s life and works
* Concise introductions to the novels and other texts
* ALL 37 novels, with individual contents tables
* Rare novels, like GUILD COURT, available in no other digital collection
* Images of how the books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the Victorian texts
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* Famous works such as THE PRINCESS AND THE GOBLIN are fully illustrated with their original artwork
* Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the poetry and the short stories
* Rare short stories often missed out of collections
* Easily locate the poems or short stories you want to read
* Includes MacDonald’s non-fiction - spend hours exploring the author’s complete works
* Special bonus biography - discover MacDonald’s literary life
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres

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CONTENTS:

The Novels
PHANTASTES
DAVID ELGINBROD
ADELA CATHCART
THE PORTENT
ALEC FORBES OF HOWGLEN
ANNALS OF A QUIET NEIGHBOURHOOD
GUILD COURT
ROBERT FALCONER
THE SEABOARD PARISH
AT THE BACK OF THE NORTH WIND
RANALD BANNERMAN’S BOYHOOD
WILFRID CUMBERMEDE
THE VICAR’S DAUGHTER
THE PRINCESS AND THE GOBLIN
THE HISTORY OF GUTTA PERCHA WILLIE, THE WORKING GENIUS
THE WISE WOMAN: A PARABLE
MALCOLM
ST. GEORGE AND ST. MICHAEL
THOMAS WINGFOLD, CURATE
THE MARQUIS OF LOSSIE
PAUL FABER, SURGEON
SIR GIBBIE
MARY MARSTON
WARLOCK O’ GLENWARLOCK
WEIGHED AND WANTING
THE DAY BOY AND THE NIGHT GIRL
DONAL GRANT
THE PRINCESS AND CURDIE
WHAT’S MINE’S MINE
HOME AGAIN
THE ELECT LADY
THE FLIGHT OF THE SHADOW
A ROUGH SHAKING
THERE AND BACK
HEATHER AND SNOW
LILITH
SALTED WITH FIRE

The Shorter Fiction
DEALINGS WITH THE FAIRIES
WORKS OF FANCY AND IMAGINATION
THE GIFTS OF THE CHILD CHRIST AND OTHER TALES
FAR ABOVE RUBIES

The Short Stories
LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

The Poetry
INTRODUCTION TO MACDONALD’S POETRY
LIST OF POEMS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF POEMS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

The Non-Fiction
UNSPOKEN SERMONS
ENGLAND’S ANTIPHON
THE MIRACLES OF OUR LORD
PREFACE: ‘LETTERS FROM HELL’ BY VALDEMAR ADOLPH THISTED
THE TRAGEDIE OF HAMLET, PRINCE OF DENMARKE: A STUDY WITH THE TEST OF THE FOLIO OF 1623
UNSPOKEN SERMONS, SECOND SERIES
PREFACE: ‘FOR THE RIGHT’ BY KARL EMIL FRANZOS, 1888
UNSPOKEN SERMONS, THIRD SERIES
PREFACE: ‘A CABINET OF GEMS, CUT AND POLISHED BY SIR PHILIP SIDNEY’
THE HOPE OF THE GOSPEL
A DISH OF ORTS
BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS FROM GEORGE MACDONALD

The Biography
GEORGE MACDONALD, A BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL APPRECIATION by Joseph Johnson

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