Lilith by George MacDonald – Classic Fantasy

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Lilith by George MacDonald – Hardcover and Paperback options available

This is the complete and unabridged text of George MacDonald’s novel, Lilith. This beautiful edition features original cover art by Haleigh DeRocher and is sold exclusively in this shop.

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The Classic Fantasy Collection was born out of my quest to discover the books that inspired and influenced modern fantasy greats like JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis. What I have found has been absolutely delightful – classic fantasy is unmatched.

George MacDonald was a Scottish writer and a Christian minister. He wrote sermons and was a pioneer in the fantasy genre. His works inspired many great authors, including CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, and Madeleine L’Engle. Lilith, published in 1895, is considered among MacDonald’s darkest and most profound works, heavily laden with Victorian Christian symbolism. Its parabolic, fantastical narrative shows the influence of Lewis Carroll, and was an obvious inspiration to CS Lewis’s creation of Narnia. In both stories, the protagonists enter into a parallel world through a piece of furniture; both works are deeply symbolic and allegorical. Lilith was also an inspiration to another Scottish writer, David Lindsay, who went on to write A Voyage to Arcturus. The Christian author Oswald Chambers wrote,  “it is a striking indication of the trend and shallowness of the modern reading public that George MacDonald’s books have been so neglected.” Though many of the authors he influenced have remained wildly popular today, MacDonald himself remains relatively uncelebrated.

Synopsis:

“There is no slave but the creature that wills against its creator…”

Mr. Vane owns a haunted library, or so he thinks. When he follows a man through a mirror into a parallel universe, his entire understanding of the world is turned on its head.

The questions of life, death, and salvation are set into relief as Mr. Vane journeys through this fantastical world where humans can transform into animals at will, where skeletons live and do battle, where children never grow up as long as they are good, and where dreamers must fall into a permanent sleep in order to truly live.

Heavily laden with Victorian Christian symbolism, Lilith (1895) is considered one of the darkest and most profound of MacDonald’s novels. MacDonald’s fantasy works inspired many authors, including J.M. Barrie, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and David Lindsay. The Christian author Oswald Chambers wrote,  “it is a striking indication of the trend and shallowness of the modern reading public that George MacDonald’s books have been so neglected.” Though many of the authors he influenced have remained wildly popular today, MacDonald himself remains relatively uncelebrated.

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