George MacDonald

George MacDonald (1824 - 1905)
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George MacDonald



George MacDonald was born in Huntly, Aberdeenshire, in 1824. After studying Moral Philosophy and Sciences at Aberdeen University, he trained for the Congregational church, but his liberal views prevented him from being successful as a minister. He was, however, successful as a writer, giving expression to his religious beliefs through allegorical novels and poetry, notably Phantastes (1858). Although best known now for his classic books for children, poetry started off his life of prolific production (Within and Without, a dramatic poem, was published in 1855) and continued to feature during the following four decades.