David Elginbrod

by George MacDonald

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This work was the first of the famed fantasy novelist’s novels in the style of realism. It tells the story of Hugh Sutherland, a young Scotsman who, while facing personal trials, befriends David Elginbrod and his daughter, Maggie. Readers and critics alike have praised and cherished the novel not only for its artistry, but also for its tender and precise portrayal of human life. Although not as well-known as The Princess and the Goblin or At the Back of the North Wind, David Elginbrod possesses truth and beauty all its own, and does not deserve to be overlooked.

Kathleen O’Bannon
CCEL Staff
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About George MacDonald
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Born: December 10, 1824, Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Died: September 18, 1905, Ashtead , England
Related topics: Criticism, interpretation, etc., Fairy tales, Fantasy fiction, English, Fiction, Juvenile works
Basic information: George MacDonald (10 December 1824 – 18 September 1905) was a Scottish author, poet, and Christian minister. 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, E. Nesbit and Madeleine L'Engle. It was C. S. Lewis who 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.
Popular works: Unspoken Sermons Series One, David Elginbrod, Sir Gibbie, Robert Falconer, Unspoken Sermons Third Series