George MacDonald was a Scottish author and Christian minister. MacDonald was one of the first great writers of fantasy fiction and his books influenced other legendary authors such as Lewis Carroll, J.R.R. Tolkien, and C.S. Lewis. MacDonald produced many classics including Lilith, The Princess and the Goblin, Sir Gibbie, Phantastes, and David Elginbrod. At the Back of the North Wind is a classic fantasy novel that centers around a boy named Diamond and his adventures with Lady North Wind.
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George MacDonald (1824-1905) was a Scottish author, poet, and Christian minister. Though no longer well known, his works (particularly his fairy tales and fantasy novels) have inspired admiration in such notables as W. H. Auden, J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and Madeleine L'Engle. For instance, 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 the Goblin as a book that had "made a difference to my whole existence." Elizabeth Yates wrote of Sir Gibbie, "It moved me the way books did when, as a child, the great gates of literature began to open and first encounters with noble thoughts and utterances were unspeakably thrilling." Even 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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