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George MacDonald

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George MacDonald


Born
in Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
December 10, 1824

Died
September 18, 1905

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George MacDonald was a Scottish author, poet, and Christian minister.

He was educated at Aberdeen University and after a short and stormy career as a minister at Arundel, where his unorthodox views led to his dismissal, he turned to fiction as a means of earning a living. He wrote over 50 books.

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 Phantastes one day at a train-station bookstall, I began to read. A few hours later," said Lewis, "I knew that I had crossed a great frontier." G. K. Chesterton cited The Princess and th
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The Princess and the Goblin...

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Phantastes

3.91 avg rating — 9,513 ratings — published 1858 — 643 editions
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The Princess and Curdie (Pr...

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4.07 avg rating — 8,997 ratings — published 1883 — 482 editions
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The Light Princess

4.02 avg rating — 7,538 ratings — published 1864 — 232 editions
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At the Back of the North Wind

3.99 avg rating — 6,970 ratings — published 1871 — 66 editions
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Lilith

3.89 avg rating — 6,103 ratings — published 1895 — 711 editions
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The Golden Key

4.07 avg rating — 2,802 ratings — published 1867 — 53 editions
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Sir Gibbie

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4.31 avg rating — 1,677 ratings — published 1879 — 106 editions
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Malcolm

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4.21 avg rating — 1,494 ratings — published 1875 — 80 editions
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The Day Boy and the Night Girl

4.19 avg rating — 1,397 ratings — published 1882 — 3 editions
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Quotes by George MacDonald  (?)
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“To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved.”
George MacDonald

“I would rather be what God chose to make me than the most glorious creature that I could think of; for to have been thought about, born in God's thought, and then made by God, is the dearest, grandest and most precious thing in all thinking.”
George MacDonald

“Certainly work is not always required of a man. There is such a thing as a sacred idleness, the cultivation of which is now fearfully neglected.”
George Mac Donald, Wilfrid Cumbermede

Polls

October 2020 Old School Poll

 
  78 votes, 24.0%

Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand 1897, 240 pages
 
  53 votes, 16.3%

 
  49 votes, 15.1%

The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan 1678, 324 pages
 
  48 votes, 14.8%

 
  42 votes, 12.9%

In Praise of Folly by Erasmus 1510, 71 pages
 
  34 votes, 10.5%

Phantastes by George MacDonald 1858, 216 pages
 
  21 votes, 6.5%

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