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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 authors such as W.H. Auden, C.S. Lewis , J.R.R. Tolkien, G.K. Chesterton and Charles Williams. He is therefore often referred to as the "grandfather" of the Inklings.
- ↑ Gisela Kreglinger, "MacDonald, George (1824–1905)", in J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia: Scholarship and Critical Assessment