THIS BOOK was first published in 1895 and is considered among the darkest and most profound of MacDonald's works. It is a story concerning the nature of life, death and salvation. Some believe it alludes to the doctrine of Christian universalism - the idea that all will eventually be saved.
Mr. Vane, the protagonist of Lilith, owns a library haunted by the former librarian who appears as a wraithlike raven who is later called Mr. Raven. Vane learns that Raven had known his father who had also visited the strange parallel universe from which Raven comes. Vane follows Raven through a magic mirror to this parallel universe where he has many adventures of a supernatural and symbolic nature.