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George MacDonald

(1824—1905) poet and novelist

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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 Falconer (1868), often with banal melodramatic plots and cardboard villains, but illuminated by compassionate affection for humanity and nature. The Scottish setting of his best novels helped to found the ‘Kailyard School’ of fiction. MacDonald is now best known for his children's stories, including At the Back of the North Wind (1871) and The Princess and the Goblin (1872), and for his two allegorical fantasies for adults, Phantastes (1858) and Lilith (1895).

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