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Lilith : a romance BY GEORGE MAC DONAIJD AUTHOR OF PHANTASTES c Off, Lilith -The Kabala SECOND EDITION LONDON CHATTO WINDUS, PICCADI, LY 1896 LILITH GEORGE MAC DONALDS WORKS. WORKS OF FANCY AND IMAGINATION. 10 vols. blue clot, h, gilt edges, in an elegant cloth case, 218. or the volumes may be had separately, handsomely bound in Grolier-pattern cloth, at 2s. 6d. each. Tel. I. WITHIN AXD WITHOUT.-THE HIDDEN LIFE. Vol. 11. THE DISCIPLE.-THE GOSPEL WOMAN.-BOOK O F SONNETB.-OBGANS oacrs. Vol. 111. VIOLINS ONGS.- ONG O S F THE DAYS A ND NIGHTS.-A BOOKO F DIiEAMSe-ROADSIDE P OEMS.-POEM FO S R HILDm N. Vol. IV. PARABLE.-BALLADS.-SCOTCH SONGS. Vole. V. Q VI. PHANTA S a T F a erle Romance. Vol. VII. THE PORTENT. Vol. VIIL THE LIGHT PRINCESS.-THE GIANTS HEART.-SHADOWB. Vol. IX. O ossP URPORES.-THE GOLDEN K EY.-THE CARASOYN.-LITTLED AYLIGHT. Vol. X. THE O B PN NTE R.-THE WOW O RIWEX.-THE CASTLE.--THE BRO EN SWORDS.-THE GUY WOLF.-UNCLE CJORNELXUS. George NacDonald is one of the few living authors, who, while they enjoy a considerable reputation, are greater than their repute. His books are well known, are largely read, and are highly esteemed but, much as they have been praised, there is matter in them which has never been praised enough. . . . These ten little blue-and-aold volumes, enclosed in a handsome case, contain all the authore poems, including Within and Without. Phantastes, The Portent, and a charming collection of tales under the head of Works of Fancy. They abound with a pure, a delicate, and yet a vigorous fancy. P m MALL G A Z . PHANTASTES a Faerie Romance. With 25 Illustrations by J. BELL. Crown 8vo. cloth extra, 3s. 6d. It is some years since we read Dr. Mac Donalds charming romance of fairy-land, and it is a pleasure to revive our recollections of the adventures of the shadow-haunted Anodos in the pretty edition before us, which Mr. Bell has illustrated with considerable sympathy and grace. The spell still holds, and hew is still the ethereal land of moonlight and fantasy. In the language of sensibility, it all comes back again. While we may envy those who read Phantastes for the first time, it is one of those books which is delightful to read aprks tant de jours, as Mr Swinburne sweetly SingS-SATIJRDAY R m w . HEATHER AND SNOW. Crown 8vo. cloth extra, 3s. 6d. AI1 the figures in Dr. George Mac Donalds story stand out with admirable distinctness o . n . . h i sH ceaantvhaesr. anKdi rSsntyo wB a i r s c laa yb, o wokh othma w t n e o m oanye , c walel vtehnet uhreer otion esa, yis, haa svpinecgi aolnlyce f tinaek ecnre iatt iuopn, will lay down. No one, we may add, but will feel his better self invigorated by it. SPECTATOB POETICAL WORKS OF GEORGE MAC DONALD. Arranged by the Author with many new Poems. 2 vols. crown 8vo. buckram, 12s. The publication of a new edition of Dr. MacDonalds Poems is an event whlch will behailed by many with great satisfaction. Dr. MacDonald was a poet before he was a novelist, and although his poems are not nearly so well known as his prose writings, those who have read them carefully have ever found in them a charm of their own. His poems of child life are especially delightful, and in certain regions-that of eerie imagination, for instance-he occupies an almost unique poeition. A large proportion of his verse partakes, of course, of a religious charactersand through it all there breathes the same hopeful spirit, and firm faith that good will be the final goal of ill. It has been said of George Mac Donald that he is one of the few writers of the present day who is greater than his reputation. This no doubt is the case as regards hie prose, but it is also to a certain extent tme with regard to his poetry...
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"Lilith is equal if not superior to the best of Poe," the great 20th-century poet W.H. Auden said of this novel, but the comparison only begins to touch on the richness, density, and wonder of this late 19th-century adult fantasy novel. First published in 1895 (inhabiting a universe with the early Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, and Oscar Wilde--not to mention Thomas Hardy), this is the story of the aptly named Mr. Vane, his magical house, and the journeys into another world into which it leads him.
Meeting up with one mystery after another, including Adam and Eve themselves, he slowly but surely explores the mystery of the human fall from grace, and of our redemption. Instructed into the ways of seeing the deeper realities of this world--seeing, in a sense, by the light of the spirit--the reader and Mr. Vane both sense that MacDonald writes from his own deep experience of radiance, from a bliss so profound that death's darkness itself is utterly eclipsed in its light. --Doug ThorpeAbout the Author:
(1824-1905) The great nineteenth-century innovator ofmodern fantasy, whose works influenced C. S. Lewis, J. R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams. "I do not write forchildren," MacDonald once said, "but for the childlike,whether of five, or fifty, or seventy-five."
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