George MacDonald

1824 - 1905

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George MacDonald (10 December 1824 – 18 September 1905) was a Scottish author, poet and Christian Congregational minister. He was a pioneering figure in the field of modern fantasy literature and the mentor of fellow writer Lewis Carroll. In addition to his fairy tales, MacDonald wrote several works of Christian theology, including several collections of sermons. His writings have been cited as a major literary influence by many notable authors including Lewis Carroll, W. H. Auden, David Lindsay, J. M. Barrie, Lord Dunsany, Elizabeth Yates, Oswald Chambers, Mark Twain, Hope Mirrlees, Robert E. Howard, L. Frank Baum, T. H. White, Richard Adams, Lloyd Alexander, Hilaire Belloc, G. K. Chesterton, Robert Hugh Benson, Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton, Fulton Sheen, Flannery O'Connor, Louis Pasteur, Simone Weil, Charles Maurras, Jacques Maritain, George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, Ray Bradbury, CH Douglas, C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Walter de la Mare, E. Nesbit, Peter S. Beagle, Elizabeth Goudge, Brian Jacques, M. I. McAllister, Neil Gaiman and Madeleine L'Engle.C. S. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of George MacDonald has received more than 931,525 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). George MacDonald is the 1,866th most popular writer (up from 2,370th in 2019), the 1,462nd most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 1,795th in 2019) and the 160th most popular Writer.

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Among writers, George MacDonald ranks 1,866 out of 5,755Before him are Daṇḍin, Yvan Goll, Michel Zevaco, Juan Carlos Onetti, Tristan Corbière, and Khurshidbanu Natavan. After him are Tarjei Vesaas, Dorothy L. Sayers, Jean François Paul de Gondi, Arseny Tarkovsky, Marquis de Custine, and Bob Woodward.

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Among people born in 1824, George MacDonald ranks 31Before him are Leland Stanford, Princess Francisca of Brazil, Pierre Janssen, Peter Cornelius, Louis II, Grand Duke of Baden, and Jozef Israëls. After him are Michael Madhusudan Dutt, Gustave Boulanger, John Kerr, Adolphe Monticelli, Kuno Fischer, and Vladimir Stasov. Among people deceased in 1905, George MacDonald ranks 30Before him are Oswald Achenbach, Albert von Kölliker, Adolf Bastian, Marcel Schwob, Infanta Amalia of Spain, and Anton Ažbe. After him are Carmine Crocco, Lew Wallace, Tippu Tip, Franz Reuleaux, Otto Wilhelm von Struve, and José-Maria de Heredia.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, George MacDonald ranks 1,462 out of 7,765Before him are Ethel Smyth (1858), Lorna Wing (1928), John Graunt (1620), Herbert Kilpin (1870), John Blow (1649), and Edward Low (1690). After him are Anthony Minghella (1954), Jeffrey Archer (1940), Marina Berti (1924), Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany (1763), Dorothy L. Sayers (1893), and Francesca Annis (1945).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, George MacDonald ranks 160Before him are William Caxton (1422), Lady Caroline Lamb (1785), Brian Aldiss (1925), Christopher Isherwood (1904), Lucinda Riley (1965), and Anthony Trollope (1815). After him are Dorothy L. Sayers (1893), Sister Nivedita (1867), Vita Sackville-West (1892), Karen Armstrong (1944), William Auld (1924), and Eric Knight (1897).