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George MacDonald

George MacDonald

Born on December 10, 1824, in Huntley, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, to a farmer and his wife, MacDonald's youth felt the influence of the Congregational Church and its Calvinistic overtones.  Growing up and graduating from the University of Aberdeen, MacDonald then attended Highbury College to study for the ministry.  However, MacDonald's views didn't match those of his parishioners at the Trinity Congregational Church where MacDonald preached.  His sermons espoused his belief that God's love wasn't limited and maybe everyone wasn't doomed or damned.  After his pay was halved, MacDonald moved to Manchester to minister until his poor health caused him to relocate to Algiers for a time.

Returning to London, MacDonald taught at the University of London, became an editor, lectured widely, and resorted to publishing his sermons, which achieved more success as written words than as oral lectures given at the pulpit.  MacDonald also penned fairy tales and fantasy books, later influencing J.R.R. Tolkien, Madeleine L'Engle, and C.S. Lewis. Those novels of MacDonald's that weren't based on fantasy portrayed a realistic view of Scotland and the Scottish people.  A mentor to Lewis Carroll, MacDonald was also friends with John Ruskin and knew most of the successful authors of his day, such as Charles Dickens, Alfred Tennyson, and William Thackeray.  Overall, MacDonald left a lasting impression on those around him and on those who have read the wealth of literature he left behind.  He passed away on September 18, 1905.

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At the Back of the North Wind
Everyman's Library Children's Classics
by George MacDonald
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
Fairy Tale for 4th-Adult
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
At the Back of the North Wind
by George MacDonald
from Wilder Publications
for 4th-Adult
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Complete Fairy Tales
Penguin Classics
by George MacDonald
from Penguin Classics
Fairy Tales, Fables, and Folklore for 7th-Adult
in 19th Century Literature (Location: CLT-19C)
Golden Key
by George MacDonald
from Sunburst Book
Fantasy for 4th-8th grade
Golden Key
by George MacDonald
from Eerdmans
Fantasy for 4th-8th grade
Gray Wolf and Other Stories
by George MacDonald
2nd THUS from Eerdmans
for 7th-12th grade
in 19th Century Literature (Location: CLT-19C)
Light Princess
by George MacDonald & Maurice Sendak
from Sunburst Book
Fantasy for 2nd-5th grade
Lilith
by George MacDonald
from Eerdmans
for 10th-Adult
in 19th Century Literature (Location: CLT-19C)
Phantastes
by George MacDonald
from Eerdmans
for 8th-Adult
in 19th Century Literature (Location: CLT-19C)
Princess and Curdie
Puffin Classics
by George MacDonald
from Puffin Books
Fantasy for 6th-10th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Princess and the Goblin
Puffin Classics
by George MacDonald
from Puffin Books
Fantasy for 5th-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Sir Gibbie
Classics for Young Readers
by George MacDonald
from P&R Publishing
Realistic Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
Wise Woman
by George MacDonald
from Eerdmans
Fantasy for 10th-Adult
in 19th Century Literature (Location: CLT-19C)