golden macdonald

“Every normal human being is interested in two kinds of worlds: the Primary, everyday, world which he [or she] knows through his [or her] senses, and a Secondary world or worlds which he [or she] not only can create in his [or her] imagination, but also cannot stop himself [or herself] creating.“

W. H. Auden, from “Afterword,” The Golden Key by George MacDonald (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1967)

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Golden MacDonald is a nom de plum of Margaret Wise Brown (best known for Goodnight Moon). Later editions of The Little Island were reprinted with Brown as the author. 

everyones telling Tolkien stories today but no ones mentioned my favourite which was that apparently one time a guy named George MacDonald wrote a story called “The Golden Key” and asked Tolkien to write him an introduction so Tolkien tried a bunch of times but couldn’t do it they way he wanted so he just wrote his own thing which eventually turned into a 45 page, entirely unrelated, short story called “Smith of Wootton Major” about cakes and fairies and then at the end of his story basically tacked on “and now, here is ‘the golden key’ by george macdonald” and that was the introduction.

Panic in the Streets  (Elia Kazan, 1950) with cinematography by Joseph MacDonald.

An excellent example of deep focus using depth-of-field. The foreground, middle ground and background are all in focus.