This classic fantasy influenced C S Lewis and Tolkien, and is considered one of George MacDonald’s most important works. It is the story of a young man, Anodos, and his adventures in fairyland, which ultimately reveal the human condition. “I write, not for children,” wrote George MacDonald, “but for the child-like, whether they be of five, or fifty, or seventy-five.” All-at-once written with an innocent whimsy and soulful yearning, the heart of Anodos’ journey through fairyland reveals a spiritual quest that requires a surrender of the self.
MacDonald’s fantasy novel as well as his other works have had major influence on many authors who considered him their mentor:
C S Lewis said, “I have never concealed the fact that I regarded him as my master; indeed I fancy I have never written a book in which I did not quote from him.”
J R R Tolkien called his fairy tales “stories of power and beauty.”
Madeleine L’Engle said, “Surely, George MacDonald is the grandfather of us all – all of us who struggle to come to terms with truth through fantasy.”
Includes beautiful new full-colour renditions of all 33 of Arthur Hughes’ original illustrations.
George MacDonald (1824–1905) is well known for writing fantasy and fairy tales that have inspired notable authors such as J R R Tolkien, W H Auden, Madeleine L’Engle, G K Chesterton, Elizabeth Yates, Mark Twain and C S Lewis. The Scottish author once served as pastor of Trinity Congregational Church, Arundel, and later was also engaged in ministerial work in Manchester. He eventually settled in London and taught at the University of London, and lectured successfully in the United States during 1872–1873. MacDonald was also editor of Good Words for the Young for a time.