A prolific author of fantasy, science fiction, and mystery, Stephen R. Donaldson (1947- –) is best known for his three separate

Chronicles of Thomas Covenant

and his

Gap

sequence, a highly original blend of space opera and cyberpunk. At heart a humanist, Donaldson’s major themes include freedom, power, existential responsibility, and “Christian archetypes” such as guilt, sin, and redemption.

Early Life and Education

Early Life and Education

The parents of Stephen R. Donaldson were Presbyterian missionaries and preachers—a branch of fundamentalist Christianity that, as an offshoot of Calvinism, believed in predestination and biblical literalism. When Donaldson was three years old, his family moved to India. His father, James R. Donaldson, became Chief of Orthopedics at a mission

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Citation: Wise, Dennis Wilson. "Stephen R. Donaldson". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 October 2018 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=14121, accessed 12 June 2024.]

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