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

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, …

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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 23 September 2023.]

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