Robert Lee Wolff (essay date 1961)
SOURCE: “Lilith,” in The Golden Key: A Study of the Fiction of George MacDonald, Yale University Press, 1961, pp. 326-71.
[In the following essay, Wolff discusses the events in MacDonald's life that led up to his writing of Lilith.]
“This River has been a Terror to many, yea the thoughts of it also have often frighted me.”
—The Pilgrim's Progress
For the MacDonalds, the eighties and nineties were decades of trial. They named their house in Bordighera “Casa Coraggio”: MacDonald had long before discovered that “Corage, God Mend Al,” was an anagram...
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