Featured Authors: Part I

I have decided that it would probably be beneficial to post good authors, their brief biographies and then add links as to where one can find their works. Hopefully, this will help anyone reading be inspired to pick up a good book, and/or right one. God love you all, and please and enjoy. – The Hound

George MacDonald

George MacDonald was a Scottish author, poet, and Christian minister.g1

Known particularly for his poignant fairy tales and fantasy novels, George MacDonald inspired many authors, such as W. H. Auden, J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and Madeleine L’Engle. It was C.S. Lewis that wrote that he regarded MacDonald as his “master”: “Picking up a copy of Phantastes one day at a train-station bookstall, I began to read. A few hours later,” said Lewis, “I knew that I had crossed a great frontier.” G. K. Chesterton cited The Princess and the Goblin as a book that had “made a difference to my whole existence.”

Elizabeth Yates wrote of Sir Gibbie, “It moved me the way books did when, as a child, the great gates of literature began to open and first encounters with noble thoughts and utterances were unspeakably thrilling.”

Even Mark Twain, who initially disliked MacDonald, became friends with him, and there is some evidence that Twain was influenced by MacDonald.

Some Quotes

g1“The love of our neighbor is the only door out of the dungeon of self, where we mope and mow, striking sparks, and rubbing phosphorescences out of the walls, and blowing our own breath in our own nostrils, instead of issuing to the fair sunlight of God, the sweet winds of the universe.”

“I knew now, that it is by loving, and not by being loved, that one can come nearest the soul of another; yea, that, where two love, it is the loving of each other, and not the being loved by each other, that originates and perfects and assures their blessedness. I knew that love gives to him that loveth, power over any soul beloved…”

Phantastes

“To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved.”

“Work is not always required. There is such a thing as sacred idleness.”

“Seeing is not believing – it is only seeing.”

– The Princess and the Goblin 

“When I can no more stir my soul to move, and life is but the ashes of a fire; when I can but remember that my heart once used to live and love, long and aspire- O, be thou then the first, the one thou art; be thou the calling, before all answering love, and in me wake hope, fear, boundless desire.”

– The Diary of an Old soul

Online Reading:

https://openlibrary.org/authors/OL23082A/George_MacDonald

Online Audio Books:

https://archive.org/search.php?query=creator%3A%22George+MacDonald%22

https://librivox.org/author/631?primary_key=631&search_category=author&search_page=1&search_form=get_results

The Documentary

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxCoVfYYOj3Qu6qbcIQXb6ZynO2FamZr-

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