Phantastes Paperback

The Annotated 150th Anniversary Edition

by George MacDonald;

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To celebrate the 150th anniversary of its publication in 1858 Paternoster has produced the first ever annotated edition of Phantastes.

Described by MacDonald as ‘a faeries romance for men and women’, Phantastes tells the tell of Anodos, a young man who one morning wakes up to find himself in the dreamlike landscape of faerie. Through this landscape he must travel, facing malevolent tree-spirits and fighting giants, dogged all the time by his shadow-self and eventually reaching a climactic act of valour, self-sacrifice and redemption. On his journey he is inspired by a mysterious white lady, befriended by knights, and given strength by the ‘old woman with the young eyes’.

Phantastes is a tale about selfishness and self-scarifice, pride and humility, about friendship and fear. Above all it is a novel about death – good death – death, which is really the start of life.

This new edition also contains 33 line drawings by the pre-Raphaelite artist Arthur Hughes, an illustrated introduction to MacDonald’s life and the novel by Nick Page, a reading group study guide, and an appendix of associated works, including ‘The fantastic imagination’, MacDonald's 1893 essay on fairy tales.

George MacDonald (1825-1905) was one of the most innovative and original Victorian writers. His work is noted for its visionary theology, rich symbolism and imaginative power.

‘I regarded George MacDonald as my master; indeed, I fancy I have never written a book in which I did not quote from him.’ C. S. Lewis

Phantastes by George MacDonald was published by Paternoster Press in October 2008 and is our 21442nd best seller. The ISBN for Phantastes is 9781842276150.

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Details for Phantastes

Author / Artist
Book Formatpaperback
PublisherPaternoster Press (October 2008)
Edition150th Anniversary edition
Number of Pages284
Thickness18 mm
Height203 mm
Width133 mm
Product Code1235528
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