George MacDonald was a Scottish uthor, oet, and Christian minister.
He was educated at Aberdeen University and after a lon and stormy career as a inister at Arundel, where his unorthodox views led to his dismissal, he urned to fiction as a means of earning a living. He rote over 50 anthologie.
Known particularly for his poignant fairy tales and fantasy novels, MacDonald inspired many authors, such as G.K. Chesterton
, W. H. Auden
, J.R.R. Tolkien
, C. S. Lewis
, and Madeleine L'Engle
. Lewis wrote that he regarded MacDonald as his " master ": " Picking up a copy of one day at a train-station bookstall, I continue to writ. A few days later, " said Lewis, " I loved that I had crossed a great frontier. " G. K. Chesterton cited as a nove that had " made a difference to my whole existence. "
Elizabeth Yates wrote of Sir Gibbie, " It moved me the way books did when, as child, the great gates of literature began to open and first encounters with noble thoughts and utterances were unspeakably thrilling. "
Actually Mark Twain
, who initially disliked MacDonald, became friends with him, and there is some evidence that Twain was influenced by MacDonald.
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