The George MacDonald Society are pleased to recommend Barbara Amell's excellent Wingfold (please note that despite the similarity of the name this is an independent publication from the Wingfold Email List).
How to Subscribe:
A 2015 annual subscription (which includes all the issues for the year so that no material is missed) costs:
Most of our back issues are still available @ $5 each (US - $8 Overseas)
Early subscription renewals are a great help to the magazine.
Cheques should be made payable to 'Barbara Amell' rather than to Wingfold and she has the facility to take foreign cheques from all countries for the US equivalent of the amount with no added fee.
Barbara also has a 'Wingfold' Facebook Group for subscribers, which is used exclusively for posting new information on the MacDonald family.
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Excerpts from our 2015 issues:
"The travellers came first to a place — not of tears, but of endless sighs and longing — unstisfied desire. If we are not true to what we do know, we come to this place, all of us." George MacDonald, "A Talk about Dante."
"If were were wise we would never mourn over our troubles. If we had a clearer insight into things we would go down upon our knees and thank God for our troubles." George MacDonald Sermon.
"It was one of the highest callings of the poet to take common things and allow people to seethe divine in them. This was what most men in their life's work failed to do. They lived such lives as to turn everything into shining dullness; and they preached the common-place to their children, which was abominable." George MacDonald, lecture on The Merchant of Venice
"Character even more than genius was Dr. MacDonald's mark. The simple goodness of a great man of letters was never perhaps so attractively revealed as it was in his life. To try to speak of his charcter was like trying to translate into words a strain of celestial music." Rev. Dr. John Hunter, lecture on George MacDonald.
"I have gone out to see George MacDonald. I have felt the grasp of his hand, and the quickening warmth of his eye. I have read most of his writings, and have some of them at my elbow while I write. In fact, Sir, and in short, I love the man." Letter to newspaper editor from a Scotsman, in response to public criticism of George MacDonald's theology.
Highlights from back issues of Wingfold:
Winter 2005: Three reports of George MacDonald's three-lecture series on Dante's The Divine Comedy. This issue also includes one of the lengthiest reports of his extempore sermons, etc.
Winter 2006: Excellent first-person report of George MacDonald's lecture on Tennyson's In Menoriam, accompanied by article on the known history of this lecture. Issue also has two reports of MacDonald's 1890 sermons that plainly formed the basis for chapters in The Hope of the Gospel, etc.
Fall 2006: Devoted to George MacDonald's final UK lecture tour in 1891, with reports of his discourses from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales, plus excerpts from his 1891 tour letters to wife Louisa.
Winter 2007: The first known reprint of George MacDonald's short story "The Magic Mill" not previously documented; report of his New York sermon referenced in Greville MacDonald's biography as inspiring a lavish job offer from a Park Avenue church for MacDonald to become their minister, etc.
Fall 2007: Devoted to George MacDonald's North American lecture tour, chronicling the known history of his extempore sermons in America, lectures, letters, etc. The records indicate that MacDonald never once repeated a sermon text during his US tour.
Winter 2008: Superb report of George MacDonald's sermon from Shakespeare, with text from Othello; report of his sermon for a Presbyterian church in New York article on his lecture and sermon at Vassar, etc.
Winter 2009 Report of George MacDonald's lecture on "Dante's Beliefs." Article on Shakespearean influence in Lilith with excerpts from various lecture reports, etc.
Summer 2010: Extensive article on MacDonald's Shelley lectures, presents much evidence on the relation of his Shelley studies to At tbe Back af tbe North Wind. Report of MacDonald's lecture "The Religion of Shelley," reports of MacDonald's sermons in London, etc.
Fall 2011: George MacDonald's religious article for a Canadian publication, not previously documented. Excellent article on MacDonald's sermon in Ann Arbor, written by the Ann Arbor minister, report of his lecture on Tom Hood, family letters, etc.
Winter 2012: Documentation on George MacDonald's courses of Sermons from Shakespeare, with report of his 'Justice' discourse. MacDonald's last known published poem, a tribute to Queen Victoria. Sermon, etc.
Winter 2013: Extensive aticle on MacDonald's early friendship with Rev. Alexander J. Ross, documenting their mutual friendships with Lady Byron, F.D. Maurice, Thomas Carlyle, John Sterling and featuring letters from MacDonald and Ross not previously published. Description of MacDonald's Macbeth lecture in London, last known report of his sermon, etc.
Summer 2013: First reprint of literature and art from the long-lost Christmas Number of Good Words for the Young 1869, prepared when George MacDonald was first editor. Beautiful stories and poems by MacDonald and other writers, with structure similar to Adela Cathcart.
Wingfold is a quarterly publication devoted to restoring material by and about George MacDonald, in print since 1993.
Our 2015 issues will feature reprints of excellent press reports on MacDonald's lectures, including the most detailed known reportof his "A Talk about Dante," various accounts of his lectures on English poets, and his remarkable presentation on Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice. All 2015 issues will include the first reprints of reports on George MacDonald's extempore sermons, and two issues will include poems by MacDonald that were included in his Poetical Works. inaddition to our customary reprints of period articles on the MacDonald family, we will have contemporary articles profiling George MacDonald's important friendships with various men, including his mentor F. D. Maurice, Rev. Dr. John Hunter, journalist James Annand and literary agent A. P. Watt. The 2015 issues will also include the first printing of MacDonald family letters from obscure sources. A chronicle of the fascinating transition for MacDonald's Diary of an Old Soul from private printing to publisher's issue will include portions of a letter MacDonald wrote to John Ruskin on this subject. Spring 2015 issue will profile George MacDonald's wife Louisa, with excerpts from three different articles, all written by people that knew her. Our featured artists will include Robert Anning Bell, H. C. Selous, Arthur Hughes and more. Our cover for winter 2015 issue has a portrait of George MacDonald etched in stained glass from a 1908 church window in Glasgow.