The best resource for understanding any writer is his own works, and with a writer as prolific as MacDonald you will not be lacking in reading material for a very long time. For an initial taste of his diverse output, start with Rolland Hein's anthology, The Heart of George MacDonald (1994; Regent, 2004), which includes sermons, poems, fiction, letters, and MacDonald's two essays on imagination. C. S. Lewis's George MacDonald: An Anthology offers an array of excerpts from MacDonald's Unspoken Sermons, and Glenn Sadler has edited a collection of his letters, An Expression of Character (Eerdmans, 1994).

MacDonald's fantasies and fairy tales are readily available in several modern editions. For the most historically accurate picture of MacDonald, I recommend reading his novels, sermons, and other writings in their original, unabridged form.The complete set of MacDonald's works is published by Johannesen Printing & Publishing ( Don't overlook the collection of spoken sermons, George MacDonald in the Pulpit, edited by J. Flynn and D. Edwards (the source of the excerpt on p. 31). There is also a centenary edition of MacDonald's novels published by Sunrise Books.

Wingfold, a quarterly magazine edited by Barbara Amell, reprints rare material by and about George MacDonald (

The voluminous archives of the Marion E. Wade Center in Wheaton, IL ( include books and papers relating to George MacDonald, G.K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis, Dorothy Sayers, J. R. R. Tolkien, Owen Barfield, and Charles Williams. The center also publishesSEVEN: An Anglo-American Literary Review.

Robert Trexler has produced a wonderful resource by putting the original ...

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