The Golden Key and Other Stories (Fantasy Stories of George MacDonald)

George MacDonald (1824-1905), the great nineteenth-century innovator of modern fantasy, influenced not only C. S. Lewis but also such literary masters as Charles Williams and J. R. R. Tolkien. Though his longer fairy tales Lilith and Phantastes are particularly famous, much of MacDonald’s best fantasy writing is found in his shorter stories. In this volume editor Glenn Sadler has compiled some of MacDonald’s finest short works–marvelous fairy tales and stories certain to delight readers familiar with MacDonald and those about to meet him for the first time.

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3 Comments

  1. This book opened the door to MacDonald, for me. This was the first book I started reading, in this handsome series of 4 similar compilations, of the Fantasy stories of George MacDonald. The title story, “The Golden Key”, impressed me that George MacDonald WAS as interesting and worthwhile to read as others (notably, C.S. Lewis, Madeleine L’Engle, and J.R.R. Tolkien) said he was. It’s a beautiful fantasy story, which like the best of MacDonald’s short stories (which I’ve read so far), bends time, space, expectations, and conventional…

  2. Excellent These stories are beautifully written and the format of the book complements them very well. Definitely stories to read over and over. MacDonald has a great talent for conveying truth through fantasy.

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