There are at least three collections of MacDonald's fiction called _The Golden Key and Other Stories_, which should not be combined. (1) Published by Lion/Eerdmans as part of the four-volume Fantasy Stories of George MacDonald. Contains 'The Golden Key', 'The History of Photogen and Nycteris', 'The Shadows' and 'The Gifts of the Child Christ'. (2) Published by Chariot Books/Scripture Union. Contains 'The Golden Key', 'The Light Princess', 'Little Daylight' and 'The Day Boy and the Night Girl'. (3) Published by Zondervan. Contains the same stories as the Scripture Union title, but apparently is an abridged edition.
George MacDonald (1824-1905), the great nineteenth-century innovator of modern fantasy, influenced not only C. S. Lewis but also such literary masters as Charles Williams and J. R. R. Tolkien. Though his longer fairy tales Lilith and Phantastes are particularly famous, much of MacDonald’s best fantasy writing is found in his shorter stories. In this volume editor Glenn Sadler has compiled some of MacDonald’s finest short works—marvelous fairy tales and stories certain to delight readers familiar with MacDonald and those about to meet him for the first time.
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Contains four stories by ninteenth-century fantasy writer George MacDonald, including the title selection in which a young boy who lives on the fringes of Fairyland finds the golden key at the end of the rainbow and is joined by a lovely companion in a lifelong quest for its corresponding lock.… (more)