Informing the Inklings

George MacDonald and the Victorian Roots of Modern Fantasy

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Editor(s): 
Michael Partridge, Kirstin Jeffrey Johnson
  • Winged Lion Press
    , July
     2018.
     272 pages.
     $14.00.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9781935688204.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.

Description

Magdalen College, where C.S. Lewis taught in Oxford, was an appropriate site for the "Informing the Inklings" conference hosted by the George MacDonald Society. Participants explored how MacDonald and fellow literary figures such as S.T. Coleridge, Lewis Carroll, Charles Kingsley, and Andrew Lang paved the way for 20th century fantasists such as C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. The twelve essays collected in this book examine this rich lineage of mythmakers. Contributors include Stephen Prickett, Malcolm Guite, Trevor Hart, and Jean Webb as well as other Inklings experts. Like the authors they write about, these scholars believe imaginative fiction has the power to enrich and even change our lives.

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