George MacDonald

Elizabeth Robinson (Texas A&M University)
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George MacDonald was a Scot, a mystic who rejected the harsh Calvinism in which he was raised, a preacher without a pulpit, and a poet whose skills lay not so much with verse as with fairy stories. He published more than fifty books during his lifetime, many of them best-sellers that received critical acclaim. His publications included novels, collections of short stories, sermons, poetry, essays, translations of German and Italian verse, fairy tales, and book-length fantasies. One of the most popular literary figures in Victorian England, he was renowned in his day as a novelist, lecturer, and Christian sage. Today, however, MacDonald is best known as a writer of fantasy, and is often considered one of the fathers of modern fantasy, …

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Citation: Robinson, Elizabeth. "George MacDonald". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 February 2007 [, accessed 24 September 2023.]

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