Who served as a guiding influence and inspiration for the masterful writings of G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, and W.H. Auden?

One George MacDonald, a nineteenth-century Scottish minister and author.

Chesterton called MacDonald “one of the three or four greatest men of the nineteenth century”; Lewis found him a constant inspiration—“ I have never written a book in which I did not quote from him"; and to Auden he was “one of the most remarkable writers of the nineteenth century.”

MacDonald authored over fifty books, including novels, poetry, theology, and literary criticism. The mythological vision and expansive imagination that marked his works of fantasy and fairytales contributed in a host of ways to building the foundation for fantasy literature as we know it today, in The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings, as well as Madeleine L’Engle’s Wrinkle in Time series and the stories of E. Nesbit.

Cluny Media is pleased to contribute to the preservation of MacDonald’s literary legacy with beautiful new editions of five of his most popular works.

The Princess and the Goblin and The Princess and Curdie are delightful entries in the fantasy genre, sure to be enjoyed by children and adults alike (now available).

Lilith is a fascinating and powerful work on the nature of life, death, and salvation, told in the form of myth (now available).

Phantastes, a groundbreaking fairytale, is enchanting tour through the land of Faerie, marked with the influences of Novalis and Dante (now available).

At the Back of the North Wind is the moving and visionary story of the young boy Diamond and his family. It is considered one of MacDonald’s masterpieces (forthcoming).

We hope you enjoy the offerings of the George MacDonald Collection and find in MacDonald’s writings the same delight and inspiration as did Chesterton and Lewis.

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Lilith
Lilith

By George MacDonald

Lilith is the story of Mr. Vane, an orphan and heir to his family estate and fortune. The mysterious librarian at his family’s home—“Mr. Raven”—appears and claims to have known not only Mr. Vane’s father but all his ancestors before him. Mr. Vane is led by the librarian through an old mirror and into a “region of the seven dimensions” where he explores various hallucinatory manifestations of good and evil.

Journeying through this strange land, Mr. Vane is caught up in a cosmic conflict and must reconcile his perceptions of reality with his new understandings. In chronicling the five trips Mr. Vane makes to this other world, MacDonald, in his strikingly visual prose, hauntingly explores the ultimate mystery of evil.

Most myths were made in prehistoric times…. But every now and then there occurs in the modern world a genius…who can make such a story. MacDonald is the greatest genius of this kind whom I know. ~C.S. Lewis

Paperback: 366 pp.

ISBN: 9781944418373

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Phantastes
Phantastes

By George MacDonald

Credited with influencing the fantasy writings of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, Phantastes is a magnificent tale of spiritual questing and sacrifice. It tells the tale of Anodos, who inherits a key from his father and finds in the drawer to which it goes an ancient fairy who gives him a glimpse of Fairy Land. The next morning, Anados awakes to find his bedroom taking form of a glorious wood and thus begins his adventures in Fairy Land. In this remarkable, quixotic fairytale, George MacDonald weaves intricate narratives as his protagonist combats tree-spirits and his shadow, journeys to the palace of the fairy queen, and searches for the spirit of the earth.

Most myths were made in prehistoric times…. But every now and then there occurs in the modern world a genius…who can make such a story. MacDonald is the greatest genius of this kind whom I know. ~C.S. Lewis

Paperback: 266 pp.

ISBN: 9781944418380

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Princess and Curdie
The Princess and Curdie

By George MacDonald

The Princess and Curdie continues the adventures of Princess Irene and Curdie the miner’s son. Curdie is given a quest. He must travel to Gwyntystorm and there join with Princess Irene in saving the King from a sinister and deadly plot spun by the King’s own ministers. With the help of a magical gift from the great-great-grandmother’s fire-roses, Curdie has a secret power to discern who is a friend and who is an enemy. But the real power is in his heart and in the heart of the Princess: to do better, grow better, and be better, for only by the power of goodness will the King be saved. The Princess and Curdie is a timeless classic from George MacDonald, worth reading again and again and again.

“There is only one way I care for. Do better, and grow better, and be better.….” ~The Princess and Curdie

Paperback: 232 pp.

ISBN: 9781944418359

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Princess and Goblin
The Princess and the Goblin

By George MacDonald

The Princess and the Goblin is a captivating tale of courage, enchantment, and friendship. Princess Irene is “a sweet little creature…with eyes like two bits of night sky, each with a star dissolved in the blue,” who lives a lonely life in mountainous kingdom, with only her nurse for company. One day, the Princess follows a secret stairway in her castle and discovers the presence of her great-great-grandmother in a high tower. With the help of her great-great-grandmother, a magical thread, and the healing powers of fire-roses, Irene will join her friend Curdie, the son of a miner, to save the kingdom from evil goblins.

I for one can really testify to a book that has made a difference to my whole existence…. It is called The Princess and the Goblin.” ~G.K. Chesterton

Paperback: 266 pp.

ISBN: 9781944418342

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