“No other great literary work, perhaps, has ever dared its reader so boldly to slam it shut and fling it out the window.”
– David Melville.
George MacDonald was a prolific author of the 19th century. He was predecessor to and had a significant impact on later popular authors – including C.S. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia), Madeleine L’Engle (A Wrinkle in Time), and J.R.R. Tolkien (Lord of the Rings).
One of his last works, Lilith, is both loved and hated. Some have found it too confusing, others amazingly profound. MacDonald felt the novel was nearly divinely inspired while his wife resisted publication of the novel finding it much too dark.
“It is best to be candid…Lilith is without doubt an extremely beautiful book, but it is also extremely baffling, and we are not ashamed to admit that the proper interpretation of many passages in it eludes us…magic mirrors; lands that exist and exist not…giants; tiny lovers…and so on, and so on–we have more often than not been exceedingly perplexed…the manner of rendering…is astonishingly well done, and it is easy to see the handicraft of a man who is the master of both prose and poetry…This book undoubtedly is an example of fine literature.”
– The Literary World, Oct. 4, 1895