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George MacDonald Books In Order

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Phantastes (1858)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Men and Women (1858)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
David Elginbrod / The Tutor's First Love (1862)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Portent/Lady of the Mansion (1864)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Alec Forbes of Howglen / The Maiden's Bequest (1865)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Annals of a Quiet Neighborhood, Volume 2 (1867)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Robert Falconer, Volume 3 (1868)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
At the Back of the North Wind (With: Michael Phillips) (1871)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wilfred Cumbermede (1872)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Princess and the Goblin (1872)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Vicar's Daughter (1872)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Malcolm / The Fisherman's Lady (1875)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Curate's Awakening (1876)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Last Castle / St. George & St. Michael (1876)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Marquis of Lossie / The Marquis' Secret (1877)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sir Gibbie/Wee Sir Gibbie of the Highlands (1879)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mary Marston / A Daughter's Devotion (1881)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Warlock O'Glenwarlock / The Laird's Inheritance (1881)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Princess and Curdie (1883)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What's Mine's Mine - Volume 1 / The Highlander's Last Song (With: Michael Phillips) (1886)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What's Mine's Mine - Volume 3 (1886)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Day Boy and the Night Girl (With: Michael Phillips) (1888)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Alec Forbes and His Friend Annie (1890)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Baron's Apprenticeship (1891)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Flight Of The Shadow (1891)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Peasant Girl's Dream (1893)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lilith (With: Michael Phillips) (1895)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Salted with Fire / The Minister's Restoration (1897)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Windlestraws (1925)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Diary of an Old Soul (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Golden Key (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lady's Confession (With: Michael Phillips) (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Carasoyn (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Adela Cathcart (1864)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dealings With The Fairies... (1867)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Book of Strife in the Form of The Diary of an Old Soul (1880)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gifts of the Child Christ (1882)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cross Purposes and The Shadows (1890)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Light Princess (1893)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fairy Tales of George MacDonald (1904)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Golden Key and Other Stories (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gray Wolf and Other Stories (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Wise Woman and Other Stories (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Portent and Other Stories (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Complete Fairy Tales (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

George MacDonald(1946)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Oxford Book of Modern Fairy Tales(1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Random House Book of Fantasy Stories(1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tales Before Tolkien(2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dreams and Wonders(2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Classic Fantasy Collection(2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Finding the Kingdom: Discover a Faith that is Costly, Rich, Alive & True(2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Author George MacDonald was born December 10, 1824 in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, and died September 18, 1905 in Surrey, England. His father (who was a farmer) was part of the MacDonalds of Glen Coe and comes from a family that suffered in the massacre of 1692. Both of his parents were readers and his mother, in particular, got a classical education and was taught many different languages.

Besides writing, he also worked as a poet and Christian minister. He is a pioneer in fantasy literature and was the mentor of Lewis Carroll (fellow author who wrote the “Alice in Wonderland” series). Carroll was a reverend whose real name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson; he also took some pictures of MacDonald’s children, since he was one of the best photographers of the Victorian era. It was from MacDonald’s advice, and MacDonald’s many children’s warm reception that convinced Carroll that he should submit his story “Alice” for publication.

A lot of notable authors have cited him as a major literary influence; which include J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and Madeleine L’Engle. His best known works are from the genre of fantasy, and used the genre to examine the human condition, which is what influenced the previously mentioned authors. His non-fantasy works also influenced too, and were among first realistic Scottish novels; he has been given the credit for coming up with the kailyard school of Scottish writing. He claimed to write, not for children, but for those who are child like; no matter what their age was.

MacDonald was a graduate from University of Aberdeen; then he moved on to London, and studied at Highbury College for the Congregational ministry.

In the year 1850, he was appointed to the post of pastor of Trinity Congregational Church Arundel. His sermons, which preached about God’s unconditional love and how everyone would be reunited with him, were met with very little favour. His salary was reduced by half. He would go on to work in ministerial work in the city of Manchester, but left this job because of poor health.

He was married in the year 1851, to a woman named Louisa Powell; together the couple had eleven children. One of whom, named Greville, became a notable medical specialist, wrote many fairy tales for kids, and pioneered the Peasant Arts movement; even made sure that new editions were published of his father’s writing. One of his grandsons, Philip MacDonald, became a screenwriter; while Ronald, which is another of his sons, became a novelist.

Even though he was a Christian (and incorporated some things into his stories) he was still critical of certain elements of religion. Especially parts of the Calvinist doctrine (which he was raised with) and felt that certain things were unfair in it. He even burst into tears when he was told about the predestination doctrine, even though he was informed that he was an elect. Later novels show distaste for the concept that God elects love to some but denies it to some others.

“The Princess and the Goblin” is the first novel in the “Princess Irene and Curdie” series and was released in the year 1872. Princess Irene lives in a big huge castle that is located in the lonely and wild region full of mountains.

She finds a winding and steep staircase that leads to a confounding labyrinth of passages that have gone unused over many years. It is full of closed doors and another staircase.

What is at the top of this staircase? Is the ring she was given be enough to protect her against the menace of the goblins that is lurking from under the mountain?

Some feel that through reading this book, you get to see where fantasy novels pretty much got started. Fans of the novel found this be an enchanting and fine read, and you get to see why the authors who liked it did. This is an author with a great voice, and goodness. This is a well written book for the themes of bravery and fantasy; kids will also be able to relate the characters found in the novel. Whether a youngster or an adult, you will find something to like in this book; you will see some things that Tolkien would later use, in his works.

“The Princess and Curdie” is the second novel in the “Princess Irene and Curdie” series and was released in the year 1883. Princess Irene’s great-grandmother has a job for Curdie that is going to be tough for him to do.

He is not going on it alone though, she is kind enough to provide him with a partner for the trip. However it is the ugliest and weirdest creature that Curdie has ever laid eyes upon. It is still the most loyal friend that he could ever have hoped for in his entire life.

Some liked this one just a little bit more than the first book in the series. Fans of the novel found this to be a great story, and enjoyed reading it with their kids. There is something to think deeply about or speaks to them. Some like the friendship that grows between Lina and Curdie is a wonderful and beautiful thing to see happen. Some find MacDonald’s work to be simply wonderful, and felt that few authors today could touch the solemn beauty of this author.

“Phantastes” is a novel by George MacDonald that was published in the year 1858. It starts on the day after Anodos turns twenty-one. He finds an old fairy lady (which he finds out could be his grandmother) in a desk. To open the desk, Anodos uses a key that he inherited from his father. He is shown a place called Fairy Land in a vision and wakes up the next day to find that his bedroom is turning into a wood. He finds himself in Fairy Land.

He meets a mother and daughter that warn him about two trees (the Alder Tree and the Ash Tree), who try to destroy him. Someone tells him that the spirits of the trees can leave their hosts and wander around throughout Fairy Land.

He wanders around the fairy world, who live in flowers, which glow, but will die if the fairies leave them.

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2 Responses to “George MacDonald”

  1. Max Aranguiz-Peterson: 7 months ago

    In the order of his books, where “The Last Castle” was? and under what theme? I can’t find it. I owned the book but I don’t know about the order as it doesn’t show in any of the other books. Thank you! Max, from British Columbia, Canada.

    • Graeme: 7 months ago

      Ah looks like we had that one under its original title of St. George and St. Michael I will update the listing.


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