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Birth of George MacDonald

Posted in Anniversary, Literature on Monday, 29 November 2010

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George MacDonald’s magical fantasies influenced many fantasy writers. Illustration by Richard Hook

10 December marks the anniversary of the birth of author George MacDonald in 1824.  Born in Huntly, Scotland, MacDonald studied at Aberdeen University and then attended Highbury College, training for the Congregational ministry. He became a pastor but left through ill health, eventually settling in London as a teacher and editor.

His books include the fantasies Phantasies, The Princess and the Goblin, At the Back of the North Wind and Lilith. “I write not for children,” he said, “but for the child-like, whether they be of five, or fifty, or seventy-five.” MacDonald was the mentor of Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) and convinced him to submit his book about Alice’s adventures in Wonderland for publication. He also influenced C. S. Lewis (who featured him as a character in one of his books) and J. R. R. Tolkien.

Although Macdonald died in 1905, aged 80, many of his books are still in print.

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One comment on “Birth of George MacDonald”

  1. 1. Peter Gray says:

    Love the picture it reminds me of Stan Laurel in the film Putting pants on Philip..
    Stan walking in a American Street in a Kilt and Hardy trying to hide him away..
    A very funny film..and Stan later said it was his favourite..

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