Author Review, Opinion

George MacDonald: An Often Forgotten Gem

This is my first “author review” post, where I hope to give you a little introduction to a great author! I figured we could start with the classics, so meet George MacDonald!

George MacDonald was a Scottish minister who wrote during the eighteen hundreds, and he is primarily known for fantasy stories written not just for children, but for “the childlike, of any age.” Today, he is much less well-known than authors like Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland), C.S. Lew is (Chronicles of Narnia), J. R. R. Tolkien (Lord of the Rings), and Madeleine L’Engle (A Wrinkle in Time), but all of these authors say MacDonald’s work had a huge influence on them!

While not all of MacDonald’s works are accessible to today’s audiences, he has several books that are too often forgotten gems! His best stories celebrate both childishness and profound truth, which is a powerful combination! The best quality of MacDonald’s stories is that through fantasy, they show you the wonder of the real world. C.S. Lewis says it better than I could: “The quality which had enchanted me in his imaginative works turned out to be the quality of the real universe, the divine, magical, terrifying, and ecstatic reality in which we all live.”

MacDonald’s stories range in length, but they are perfect to try for chapter by chapter bedtime stories! In my next few posts, I will explore some of George MacDonald’s best titles with you! Thanks for reading!

1 Comment

  1. beantheredonethat says:

    George MacDonald is an amazing author, and I’m so glad that someone else recognizes his great works! In many ways, we would not have writers like Lewis or Tolkien or Chesterton without MacDonald’s influence through story! 🙂

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