George MacDonald Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)


Triggs, Kathy. The Stars and the Stillness: A Portrait of George MacDonald. Cambridge, England: Lutterworth Press, 1986, 182 p.

Illustrated biography that includes a select bibliography of primary and secondary works.


Auden, W. H. “George MacDonald.” In Forewords and Afterwords, pp. 268-73. New York: Random House, 1943.

Asserts that MacDonald succeeded as a fantasy writer because he was endowed with a “mythopoeic imagination.”

Benson, A. C. “George MacDonald.” In Rambles and Reflections, pp. 145-54. London: John Murray, 1926.

Brief overview and appreciation of MacDonald's writings.

L'Engle, Madeleine. “George MacDonald: Nourishment for a Private World.” In Reality and the Vision, edited by Philip Yancey, pp. 110-21. Dallas and London: Word Publishing, 1990.

Personal reminiscence of L'Engle's experiences reading the works of MacDonald.

Manlove, C. N. “George MacDonald (1824-1905).” In Modern Fantasy: Five Studies, pp. 55-98. Cambridge and London: Cambridge University Press, 1975.

Examines mystic and unconscious aspects of MacDonald's fairy tales.

Michalson, Karen. “George MacDonald and Phantastes.” In Victorian Fantasy Literature: Literary Battles with Church and Empire, pp. 61-97. Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press, 1990.

Examines Phantastes as an anachronism in Victorian fantasy literature and in MacDonald's canon.

Raeper, William, ed. The Gold Thread: Essays on George MacDonald. Edinburgh, Scotland: Edinburgh University Press, 1990, 198 p.

Collection of essays on various aspects of MacDonald's writings.

Sigman, Joseph. “Death's Ecstasies: Transformation and Rebirth in George MacDonald's Phantastes.English Studies in Canada II, No. 2 (Summer 1976): 203-26.

Explores elements of Jungian psychology and German Romanticism in Phantastes.

Walker, Jeanne Murray. “The Demoness and the Grail: Deciphering MacDonald's Lilith.” In The Scope of the Fantastic—Culture, Biography, Themes, Children's Literature: Selected Essays from the First International Conference on the Fantastic in Literature and Film, edited by Robert A. Collins and Howard D. Pearce, pp. 179-90. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1985.

Examines the structure and form of Lilith and their effect on the text's meaning.

Additional coverage of MacDonald's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Contemporary Authors, Vols. 106, 137; Contemporary Authors New Revision, Vol. 80; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vols. 18, 163, 178; Major Authors and Illustrators for Children and Young Adults; St. James Guide to Fantasy Writers; St. James Guide to Science Fiction Writers; and Something about the Author, Vols. 33, 100.