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Title: The cosmic vision : a study of the poetry of George MacDonald
Author: Sadler, Glenn Edward
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 1967
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George MacDonald exhausted his genius before he fully discovered it. A novelist by neceasity, he was a myth-maker by nature and became by choice a preacher and a poet. It is his mythopoeic talent, first recognized by the late Professor C.S. Lewis, that is the main interest in this thesis. There is a strong temptation for any sensitive reader of MacDonald's life and writings to present him as a saint; in this study, however, his qualifications for sainthood, have been carefully overlooked. Nevertheless, the biographical material in. his works is extensive; and because his son, Dr. Greville MacDonald's George MacDonald and His Wife1 is cumbersome in form and cautious in content, I have included biographical data, pertinent to MacDonald' s poetry, in Chapter One and at the beginning of subsequent chapters. Almost all of MacDonald's writings are now out of print. I have, however, consulted (when available) first editiona, incomplete collections, periodicals, and the few recent reprints, Photographic material represents, for the most part, iteins either not found in the Biography or otherwise difficult to obtain, and therefore of interest for more than biographical reasona. My study of the poetry specifically has been centred in a reading of manuscript sources, Most of which are unpublished. These sources I have listed in an "Index to MSS Located and Consulted" as part of the bibliography. Throughout the thesis, in accordance with helograph letters, I have regularized the spelling, by capitalization of the "d" of MacDonald's surname.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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