Macdonald, George

Macdonald, George
(1824–1905)
   Poet and Novelist.
   Macdonald was born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, and was educated at King’s College, Aberdeen, and Highbury Theological College. He became a minister of the Congregational Church, but after serving a congregation in Sussex, his (slightly) unorthodox views induced him to leave the ministry in 1853. Subsequently he earned a living by writing and teaching. He was the author of several novels set in Scotland, popular children’s books such as The Princess and Curdie and religious fiction such as Phantasies. Although he is no longer widely read, his work had a considerable influence on C.S. lewis, who always maintained that it was Macdonald’s books that persuaded him that goodness need not be dull.
   J. Johnson, George Macdonald: A Biographical and Critical Appreciation (1906);
   C.S. Lewis, George Macdonald: An Anthology (1946);
   G. Macdonald, George Macdonald and his Wife (1924).

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