Switch to English Switch to French

The Open University  |   Study at the OU  |   About the OU  |   Research at the OU  |   Search the OU

Listen to this page  |   Accessibility

the experience of reading in Britain, from 1450 to 1945...

Reading Experience Database UK Historical image of readers
 
 
 
 

Listings for Author:  

George MacDonald

  

Click check box to select all entries on this page:

 


  

George MacDonald : David Elginbrod

[Editorial commentary by Annie Coghill, Mrs Oliphant's cousin] 'George Macdonald's first book, or at any rate his first successful book, "David Elginbrod", had been published many years before by Messrs Hurst & Blackett, at Mrs Oliphant's warm recommendation. She always spoke of it as a work of genius, and quoted it as one of the instances of publishers' blunders, for when the MS. came to her it came enveloped in wrappings that showed how many refusals it had already suffered.'

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Margaret Oliphant      Manuscript: MS of a book

  

George MacDonald : Alec Forbes of Howglen

"Read my birthday book from Walter. 'Alec Forbes of Howglen' by Mac Donald."

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Agnes Blanche Hemming      Print: Book

  

George MacDonald : Alec Forbes of Howglen

"Had a long morning to read 'Alec Forbes of Howglen'".

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Agnes Blanche Hemming      Print: Book

  

George MacDonald : The Princess and the Goblin

'Elinor Glyn recalled "The Princess and the Goblin" (1872) being read to her as a child ...'

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Elinor Glyn      Print: Book

  

George Macdonald : The Princess and the Goblin

'Lovely books she read to us...:"The Wide Wide World", with all the religion and deaths from consumption left out, and all the farm life and good country food left in; "Masterman Ready", with that ass Mr Seagrave mitigated, and dear old Ready not killed by the savages; "Settlers at Home", with the baby not allowed to die; "The Little Duke" with horrid little Carloman spared to grow more virtuous still; "The Children of the New Forest"; "The Runaway"; "The Princess and the Goblin", and many more'.

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Henrietta Litchfield      Print: Book

  

George Macdonald : Within and Without

'It was through the reading of his narrative poem, "Within and Without" (published in 1855, but written a few years earlier), that their acquaintance began. She wrote to him of her admiration, and soon afterwards they met'.

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Anne Isabella (Annabella), Baroness Byron      Print: Book

  

George Macdonald : [probably] Princess and Curdie, The

'Her reading as a child was voracious, although her late start in learning to read for herself left her with a cosy taste for being read to. Her governess hads read aloud to her the story of Perseus and "Jungle Jinks" and most things in between. Once she read for herself, she had a passion for George Macdonald: his Curdie was one of her heroes. She loved Baroness Orczy's "Scarlet Pimpernel", and E. Nesbit's books. She read Dickens exhaustively as a child and, as a result, could not read him as a young adult: "There is no more oxygen left, for me, anywhere in the atmosphere of his writings".'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Elizabeth Bowen      Print: Book

  

George MacDonald : The Vicar's Daughter

'In the evening I sat down to read "the Vicar's Daughter" & got so interested in it that I began to read tit bits aloud. Polly who was very tired got interested also & pressed me to go on reading I did so till nearly ten o'clock then we had some toddy & went to bed'

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: John Buckley Castieau      Print: Book

  

George MacDonald : Within and Without

'Lady Byron was to [George] MacDonald the protectress, the adviser, and once at least the extremely rigorous critic. 'It was through the reading of his narrative poem, Within and Without (published in 1855, but written a few years earlier), that their acquaintance began. She wrote to him of her admiration, and soon afterwards they met.'

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Anne Isabella Lady Noel Byron      Print: Book

  

George MacDonald : The Fairy Tales of George MacDonald

'Read fairy tales by George MacDonald.'

Unknown
Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Harriet Bickersteth Cook      Print: Book

  

George Macdonald : Phantastes, a Faerie Romance for Men and Women

'I have had a great literary experience this week. I have discovered yet another author to add to our circle our very own set: never since I first read "The well at the world's end" have I enjoyed a book so much and indeed I think my new "find" is quite as good as Malory or Morris himself. The book, to get to the point, is George Macdonald's "Faerie Romance", Phantastes, which I picked up by hazard in a rather tired everyman copy by the way isn't it funny, they cost 1/1d. now on our station bookstall last Saturday.... you simply MUST get this at once.... of course it is quite hopeless for me to try to describe it, but when you have followed the hero Anodos along that little stream to the faery wood, have heard about the terrible ash tree and how the shadow of his gnarled, knotted hand falls upon the book the hero is reading... I know that you will quite agree with me.... There are one or two poems in the tale as in the Morris tales you know which, with one or two exceptions, are shockingly bad, so don't TRY to appreciate them: it is just a sign, isn't it, that some geniuses can't work in metrical forms.'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Clive Staples Lewis      Print: Book

  

George Macdonald : The Golden Key

(1) 'Your verdict upon Macdonald's tale was worthy of so shrewd and serious a gentleman as yourself...' (2) 'And talking about books I am surprised that you don't say more of "The Golden Key": to me it was absolute heaven from the moment when Tangle ran into the woods to the glorious end in those mysterious caves. What a lovely idea "The country from which the shadows fall"!'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Clive Staples Lewis      Print: Book

  

Click check box to select all entries on this page:

 

   
   
Green Turtle Web Design