George MacDonald Biography

George MacDonald (1824 - 1905), a native of Huntly, Aberdeenshire was one of the most original and significant figures in Victorian literature. George MacDonald

The son of a farmer, MacDonald's childhood was strongly influenced by religion. He studied at the University of Aberdeen before going onto further studies at Highbury College in London.

MacDonald became pastor of Trinity Congregational Church in 1850 and later taught at the University of London. He also carried out a series of successful lectures in America between 1872 and 1873.

LilithAmongst Macdonald's best known works are the novels At The Back of the North Wind (1871), The Princess and the Goblin (1872), and Lilith (1895).

MacDonald himself has been cited as a key influence on acclaimed authors such as C.S. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia) and J.R.R. Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings).

It was advice from MacDonald and his young daughters that convinced fellow author Lewis Carroll that his classic novel Alice (1865) was fit for publication.

I have never concealed the fact that I regarded him as my master; indeed I fancy I have never written a book in which I did not quote from him.
C.S. Lewis

MacDonald suffered a stroke in 1898 before his last novel was published the following year. He died aged 80 in Ashstead, Surrey. His remains were cremated and buried in Bordighera, Italy.

 

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