Phantastes (Paperback)

By George MacDonald

William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 9780802860606, 197pp.

Publication Date: May 18, 1981

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Description

Introduction by C. S. Lewis
In October 1857, George MacDonald wrote what he described as -a kind of fairy tale, in the hope that it will pay me better than the more evidently serious work.- This was Phantastes -- one of MacDonald's most important works; a work which so overwhelmed C. S. Lewis that a few hours after he began reading it he knew he -had crossed a great frontier.-
The book is about the narrator's (Anodos) dream-like adventures in fairyland, where he confronts tree-spirits and the shadow, sojourns to the palace of the fairy queen, and searches for the spirit of the earth. The tale is vintage MacDonald, conveying a profound sadness and a poignant longing for death.
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