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- Editor: Book on Demand Ltd. (14 de febrero de 2015)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 5519488037
- ISBN-13: 978-5519488037
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A Dish of Orts (An Articles) (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 14 feb 2015
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George MacDonald (1824-1905), was a Scottish author, poet, and Christian minister. Though no longer well known, his works (particularly his fairy tales and fantasy novels) have inspired admiration in such notables as W. H. Auden, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Madeleine L'Engle. C. S. Lewis wrote that he regarded MacDonald as his "master". Even Mark Twain, who initially detested MacDonald, became friends with him, and there is some evidence that Twain was influenced by MacDonald.
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George MacDonald (1824-1905) was a popular Scottish lecturer and writer of novels, poetry, and fairy tales. Born in Aberdeenshire, he was briefly a clergyman, then a professor of English literature at Bedford and King's College in London. W. H. Auden called him "one of the most remarkable writers of the nineteenth century."
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"The Fantastic Imagination," which closes the volume, is probably the most often quoted and referenced of the pieces in "A Dish of Orts," and rightly so, since it bears directly upon writing symbolic, mythological fairy-tale-style fiction. And there is a piece which deserves to be carefully studied by more readers. It does not open "A Dish of Orts" but it is near the beginning, and it is titled:
"A Sketch of Individual Development."
Literature professor and critic Richard H Reis, who distinguished himself with a small pithy book reviewing George MacDonald's writing (titled George MacDonald), makes much of "A Sketch of Individual Development," quoting it heavily. Reis' opinion is that this essay anticipates modern psychology in general, and Freud and Jung in particular. Although MacDonald, always religious and mystical, orients "development" towards development of the spirit and the soul as well as the personality, he also proves himself a keen observer of infancy and childhood, describing an infantile attachment to parent figures followed by the struggle for individuation. I rather doubt that MacDonald was taught this stuff in divinity school, nor earlier as a chemistry and science major in Aberdeen. MacDonald has studied from the school of life, and has responded to his studies from the vantage point of a soul wiser and more insightful than the majority of his fellow men in his time and place.
"A Sketch of Individual Development" is difficult to read; it is like cracking a nut to get at the meat inside. I recommend first reviewing Richard Reis' analysis and breakdown of the essay, in Reis' book, and then using this as a guide to MacDonald's lengthy, heavy piece of writing. Not for the faint of heart, or the immature, or those wanting in patience -- but infinitely rewarding.