I confess at the outset that I have not read as much George MacDonald as I would like. I believe my first introduction came with The Parish Papers, a collection of three of MacDonald’s most beloved novels: A Quiet Neighborhood, The Seaboard Parish, and The Vicar’s Daughter.
I don’t remember very many specifics about this collection other than the pure delight the stories provided as I read. [I love how this blog series makes me want to go back and re-read so many wonderful books I have enjoyed over the years!]
In high school, I read The Princess and the Goblin and The Princess and Curdie, two whimsical tales of adventure and loyalty and friendship, and at some point in my early teen years, I read the fantastically odd At the Back of the North Wind. I started reading Phantastes sometime during high school, but I must admit to my shame that I never finished it. This title, in particular, having had such an influence on both C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien among many other authors, has reached top priority in my current reading queue, since I know I cannot call myself a lover of fantasy literature until I have read this book, from the man Madeleine L’Engle called the Grandfather of Fantasy.
MacDonald was prolific in the best sense, and as I have reflected on my keen enjoyment of the handful of his titles that I have read, I am eager to dive in and read more.
Any MacDonald fans who would like to share your favorite titles? Tell me in the comments!