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George MacDonald

George MacDonald


George MacDonald was a Scottish author, poet, and Christian minister, best known for his significant contributions to fantasy literature and his profound influence on writers such as C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Born in Huntly, Aberdeenshire, MacDonald's early life was marked by academic prowess and a deep connection to his Scottish roots.

Initially trained as a Congregationalist minister, MacDonald's evolving theological beliefs led him towards unorthodox ideas, which he explored through his thought-provoking and spiritually inclined writings. His literary works, ranging from novels and poetry to fairy tales, are characterized by a blend of fantasy and moral allegory.

MacDonald's impact on the literary world was perhaps most pronounced through his fantasy novels. "Phantastes" (1858) and "Lilith" (1895) demonstrated his visionary approach to storytelling, laying the groundwork for later fantasy giants. His ability to interweave reality and the supernatural, drawing readers into enchanting realms while exploring profound themes of redemption, sacrifice, and the human condition, was his hallmark.

His friendship with fellow authors like Lewis Carroll and Mark Twain enriched his creative outlook, while his correspondence and mentorship with C.S. Lewis solidified his place as a literary luminary. Indeed, it was through his writings and personal interactions that MacDonald's influence on the literary landscape extended far beyond his lifetime.

George MacDonald's legacy continues to thrive as his works remain in print and continue to inspire generations of writers and readers alike. His dedication to exploring the depths of imagination, faith, and the human experience has left an indelible mark on literature and continues to resonate with those who seek both wonder and wisdom in storytelling.

Important Works:

  • At the Back of the North Wind
  • Adela Cathcart
  • Alec Forbes of Howglen
  • Robert Falconer
  • Wilfrid Cumbermede
  • The Vicar's Daughter
  • Malcolm
  • St. George and St. Michael
  • Thomas Wingfold, Curate
  • The Marquis of Lossie
  • Paul Faber, Surgeon
  • Sir Gibbie
  • Mary Marston
  • Warlock o' Glenwarlock
  • Weighed and Wanting
  • The Princess and the Goblin
  • The Princess and Curdie
  • Donal Grant
  • Guild Court
  • What's Mine's Mine
  • Home Again
  • The Elect Lady
  • A Rough Shaking
  • There and Back
  • Heather and Snow
  • Salted with Fire
  • Far Above Rubies
  • Rampolli: Growths from a Long-planted Root
  • The Day Boy and the Night Girl
  • Lilith