Thu, 21 September 2017
A poor student discovers an antique mirror with a terrible secret. George MacDonald, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.
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Today’s story is by George MacDonald, and is a standalone story found in his novel Phantastes: A Faerie Romance. First published in 1858, it was MacDonald’s first novel. In 1916, C.S. Lewis picked up a copy of this book at a railway bookstall. Lewis would later write: “I have never concealed the fact that I regarded him as my master; indeed, I fancy that I have never written a book in which I did not quote from him.” When asked in 1962 to list the top 10 books that had influenced his attitude toward writing and his philosophy of life, Lewis put Phantastes in the #1 slot.
MacDonald was very familiar with German fairy tales, or märchen. Phantastes was one of the first such books originally written in English.
And now, The Magic Mirror, by George MacDonald