Forerunner of the Inklings – Scottish minister, poet, novelist, and imaginative seer – MacDonald was one of the most beloved Victorian authors throughout of the 19th century. He wrote some 50 volumes of novels, poetry, short stories, fantasy, sermons, and essays. His influential body of work placed him alongside his era’s great men of letters and his following was vast. Two decades after his death, his books were pivotal in leading C.S. Lewis to Christianity.
Michael Phillips is widely known as George MacDonald’s redactor, publisher, and biographer, whose vision and editorial expertise – building upon the forerunning work of C.S. Lewis, Elizabeth Yates, and Rolland Hein – helped bring MacDonald back from obscurity in the 1980s when his realistic novels had been nearly forgotten. Author and editor of over 100 books, Phillips’ efforts helped ignite the MacDonald renaissance of recent years. As one of those responsible for the widespread renewal of MacDonald’s influence, Phillips is recognized as among the world’s foremost purveyors of MacDonald’s message, with particular insight into the Scotsman’s heart and spiritual vision.