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George MacDonald

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(1824–1905), was, in his own day, celebrated chiefly as poet, preacher, and lecturer, and as the author of numerous novels, including David Elginbrod (1863), Alec Forbes of ...

MacDonald, George

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (3 rev. ed.)

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2009
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Religion
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...Works of George MacDonald (2 vols., 1893). His romance, Lilith (1895), was ed. by G. MacDonald (son) (1924), with introd., ix–xx. Letters, ed. G. E. Sadler (Grand Rapids, Mich. [1994]). C. S. Lewis (ed.), George MacDonald: An Anthology (1946). G. MacDonald (son), George MacDonald and his Wife (1924). R. L. Wolff , The Golden Key: A Study in the Fiction of George MacDonald (New Haven, Conn., 1961). K. Triggs , The Stars and the Stillness: A Portrait of George MacDonald (Cambridge, 1986). D. S. Robb , George MacDonald (Scottish...

MacDonald, George

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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2009
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Literature
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172 words

...Maurice Sendak . He edited Good Words for the Young 1870–72 . MacDonald is primarily remembered for his fantasies for children, notably At the Back of the North Wind ( 1871 ) and The Princess and the Goblin ( 1872 ), both deeply symbolic, with elements of Christian mysticism. There are biographies by Greville MacDonald ( 1924 ) and William Reaper ( 1987 ); see also For the Childlike: George MacDonald's Fantasy for Children , ed. Roderick McGillis ...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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2013
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117 words

..., George ( 1824–1905 ) Scottish writer for children and adults, whose novels David Elginbrod ( 1863 ) and Robert Falconer ( 1868 ) helped to found the ‘Kailyard school’ of fiction. His two allegorical fantasies for adults, Phantastes ( 1858 ) and Lilith ( 1895 ), were influenced by his study of Novalis and E. T. A. Hoffmann and, with his children's books, strongly influenced C. S. Lewis , Frances Hodgson Burnett , and Maurice Sendak . MacDonald is primarily remembered for his fantasies for children, notably At the Back of the North...

MacDONALD, George

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The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature (2 ed.)

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2015
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Literature, Children's literature studies
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...MacDONALD, George ( 1824–1905 ) Outstanding author of original fairy stories and fantasies , who was born at Huntly in Aberdeenshire, where his family, who were Congregationalists, farmed and ran a bleaching business. George was taught in a local school, then at King’s College, Aberdeen, to which he won a bursary. He began to write poetry and started to turn away from the Calvinism in which he had been brought up, refusing to believe that only the elect would be saved and feeling that God’s mercy was infinite. He took his MA in 1845 and went to London,...

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

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2006
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Literature, Children's literature studies
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...think. MacDonald's sense of the fairy tale derives from Romantic aesthetics, especially as set out by German (e.g., Novalis and Ludwig Tieck ) and English writers (e.g., Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Percy Bysshe Shelley ). MacDonald's influence is evident in the work of C. S. Lewis , J. R. R. Tolkien , Diana Wynne Jones , and Philip Pullman . See also Fantasy and biographies of figures mentioned in this article. Roderick McGillis Avery, Gillian . “George MacDonald and the Victorian Fairy Tale.” In The Gold Thread: Essays on George MacDonald , edited...

MacDonald, George

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The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales

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Current Version:
2005
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Literature
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1,014 words

...up the stairs out of the earth: ‘They knew they were going up to the country whence the shadows fall.’ GA Gillian Avery Carpenter, Humphrey , ‘George MacDonald and the Tender Grandmother’, in Secret Gardens (1985). Goldthwaite, John , ‘The Name of the Muse’, in The Natural History of Make-Believe (1996). Raeper, William , George MacDonald (1987). ——(ed.), The Gold Thread: Essays on George MacDonald ...

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The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales (2 ed.)

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2015
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...shadows fall.’ MacDonald, George The prince is astonished to see the floating princess in George MacDonald’s ‘The Light Princess’, published in The Light Princess and Other Stories (1862), illustrated by Arthur Hughes . Gillian Avery Carpenter, Humphrey , ‘George MacDonald and the Tender Grandmother’, in Secret Gardens (1985). Goldthwaite, John , ‘The Name of the Muse’, in The Natural History of Make-Believe (1996). Raeper, William , George MacDonald (1987). Raeper, William (ed.), The Gold Thread: Essays on George MacDonald ...

MacDonald, George

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A Dictionary of Writers and their Works (3 ed.)

..., George ( 1824–1905 ) Scottish poet and novelist Within and Without ( 1855 ) Poetry Phantastes ( 1858 ) Fiction David Elginbrod ( 1863 ) Fiction Adela Cathcart ( 1864 ) Fiction The Portent ( 1864 ) Fiction Alec Forbes of Howglen ( 1865 ) Fiction Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood ( 1867 ) Fiction Dealings with the Faeries ( 1867 ) Fiction The Disciple, and Other Poems ( 1867 ) Poetry Guild Court ( 1868 ) Fiction Robert Falconer ( 1868 ) Fiction The Seaboard Parish ( 1868 ) Fiction At the Back of the North Wind ( 1870 ) ...

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Oxford Essential Quotations (6 ed.)

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Current Version:
2018
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Quotations
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...0George George MacDonald 1824 – 1905 Scottish writer and poet Where did you come from, baby dear? Out of the everywhere into here. At the Back of the North Wind (1871) ch. 33 ‘Song’ where did you come from come from, baby dear Out of the everywhere Here lie I, Martin Elginbrodde: Hae mercy o' my soul, Lord God; As I wad do, were I Lord God, And ye were Martin Elginbrodde. David Elginbrod ...

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Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (8 ed.)

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Current Version:
2014
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Quotations
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128 words

...0George George MacDonald 1824 – 1905 Scottish writer and poet . See also epitaphs Where did you come from, baby dear? Out of the everywhere into here. At the Back of the North Wind (1871) ch. 33 ‘Song’ where did you come from come from, baby dear Out of the everywhere So, then, as darkness had no beginning, neither will it ever have an end…Where the light cannot come, there abideth the darkness. The light doth but hollow a mine out of the infinite extension of the darkness. And ever upon the steps of the light treadeth the darkness; yea,...

Fraser, George MacDonald

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013
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129 words

...George MacDonald ( 1925–2008 ) Novelist and screenwriter , born in Carlisle; after joining the army in 1943 , he served in Burma, the subject of his memoir, Quartered Safe Out Here , 1992 . He also published historical fiction such as Black Ajax ( 1997 ). But his most celebrated achievement is his sequence of rumbustiously satiric novels (and three stories published as Flashman and the Tiger , 1999 ) which debunk Victorian imperialism by chronicling the privately disreputable but publicly acclaimed military career of the cowardly bully Harry...

Fraser, George MacDonald

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The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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2005

...George MacDonald ( 1925–  ), British novelist , born in Carlisle, educated at Carlisle Grammar School and Glasgow Academy. He began working as a newspaper reporter in 1949 and was deputy editor of the Glasgow Herald from 1964 to 1969 . Flashman ( 1969 ) was the first of a long succession of entertainingly eventful novels recounting the military career of the eponymous bully from Tom Brown's Schooldays ; subsequent titles include Flash for Freedom ( 1971 ). Flashman in the Great Game ( 1975 ), Flashman and the Mountain of Light ( 1990 ),...

Fraser, George MacDonald

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A Dictionary of Writers and their Works (3 ed.)

...George MacDonald ( 1925–2008 ) Scottish novelist Flashman ( 1969 ) Fiction Royal Flash ( 1971 ) Fiction The Steel Bonnets ( 1971 ) Non-Fiction Flash for Freedom ( 1971 ) Fiction The General Danced at Dawn ( 1972 ) Fiction Short Stories Flashman at the Charge ( 1973 ) Fiction McAuslan in the Rough ( 1974 ) Fiction Short Stories Flashman in the Great Game ( 1975 ) Fiction The World of the Public School ( 1977 ) Non-Fiction Flashman's Lady ( 1978 ) Fiction Mr American ( 1980 ) Fiction Flashman and the Redskins ( 1982 ) ...

Fraser, George MacDonald

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Literature
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200 words

...George MacDonald ( 1925–2008 ) Novelist and screenwriter , born in Carlisle, educated at Carlisle Grammar School and Glasgow Academy; he joined the army in 1943 , served in North Africa and Burma (about which he wrote an admired memoir, Quartered Safe Out Here , 1992 ), and subsequently worked as a journalist before becoming a full‐time author. Short story collections such as McAuslan in the Rough ( 1974 ) comically recall his army experiences. He also published historical fiction such as Black Ajax ( 1997 ). But his most celebrated achievement...

George MacDonald

George MacDonald  

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(1824–1905),was, in his own day, celebrated chiefly as poet, preacher, and lecturer, and as the author of numerous novels, including David Elginbrod (1863), Alec Forbes of Howglen (1865), and Robert ...
MacNabb, Donald George Cecil

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The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy

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Current Version:
2010
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Philosophy
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669 words

...Donald George Cecil ( 1905–91 ) Donald George Cecil MacNabb was born in Masnyo, Burma on 16 October 1905 and died on 11 January 1991 . His father was Lt Col. Donald John Campbell MacNabb and his mother was Winifred Pember . Donald MacNabb began his education at Eton College and was granted admittance into Trinity College, Oxford in 1924 . In 1926 he was awarded a first class in Oxford's first public examinations and in 1928 he was awarded an upper second class in his finals. He took his MA in philosophy at Oxford in 1933 and became...

Macdonald, George

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The Oxford Guide to Literary Britain & Ireland (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Literature, Society and culture
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61 words

..., George ( 1824–1905 ), novelist : b. Huntly ; educ. Aberdeen ; lives in Manchester 1854–7 , Hastings 1857 , London ( Hammersmith : Upper Mall) 1867–71 ; stays in Hastings 1871 , Cullen 1873 . David Elginbrod 1862 , Alec Forbes 1865 , Robert Falconer 1868 , At the Back of the North Wind 1871 , The Princess and the Goblin 1872 , ‘The Light Princess’ , ‘The Hills’ , Malcolm 1875...

Macdonald, George

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Oxford Reader's Companion to Trollope

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Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Literature, Literary studies (19th century)
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116 words

..., George ( 1824–1905 ) , Scottish author of David Elginbrod ( 1863 ) and Robert Falconer ( 1868 ), best known for children's stories such as At the Back of the North Wind ( 1871 ). In August 1868 , Trollope requested a Christmas story for Saint Pauls of about twenty pages. ‘Let it not be sensible;—but weird rather, and of a Christmas-ghostly flavour, if such be possible’ ( Letters 1, 442). Macdonald offered ‘Uncle Cornelius: His Story’, which appeared in January 1869 . Trollope considered him ‘a clever, honest, industrious, imaginative...

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George MacDonald Fraser  

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(1925– ),British novelist, born in Carlisle, educated at Carlisle Grammar School and Glasgow Academy. He began working as a newspaper reporter in 1949 and was deputy editor of the Glasgow ...
Donald George Cecil MacNabb

Donald George Cecil MacNabb  

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(1905–91)Donald George Cecil MacNabb was born in Masnyo, Burma on 16 October 1905 and died on 11 January 1991. His father was Lt Col. Donald John Campbell MacNabb and ...

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