Excerpt from The Imagination: And Other Essays I was first induced to read George MacDonald by the late Rev. Dr. Gannett, who said that he had found more in him and got more from him than in or from any author whose name belonged to the current literature of the day. This commendation on so high and grave authority led me to make acquaintance with him, and I can cordially second the testimony of my venerable friend; yet t because I underrate other men who are justly favorites in the reading world, but because MacDonald is a class by himself, and as such, holds in his own vein, and in minds receptive of his influence, a sole place; while on other lines of thought and sentiment, attention and interest are more or less divided and distributed. He is best kwn by his vels, and they furnish the most genuine test of the quality and strength of his intellectual fibre. As stories, they are by means faultless. They often have ill-constructed plots, awkward deuements, unnatural incidents, and impossible characters; and the conversations, though never dull, are abrmally prolix, and when the person speaking can be supposed to have a provincial dialect, its vocabulary is aired to the reader's utter weariness. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.