Thomas Wingfold, Curate

Thomas Wingfold, Curate

by George MacDonald

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ISBN-13: 9781406819793
Publisher: PBShop.CO.UK LTD dba Echo Library
Publication date: 10/23/2018
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

George MacDonald was a Scottish pastor, poet, and novelist. He was born to a farmer of Huntly, Aberdeenshire in 1824. He studied at Aberdeen University and at Highbury College, London. He served as a Congregationalist pastor in England for three years, leaving because of dissatisfaction with Calvinist doctrine. After leaving the ministry, MacDonald spent his time writing and lecturing, including a trip to the United States, where he lectured in 1872-1873. He published works of poetry, fiction, and reflections on the Christian life.

MacDonald died in 1905 and was buried in Boridighera, Italy. During his lifetime, he was friend to several well-known writers of the time, including
Charles Dickens, Alfred Tennyson, Lewis Carroll, G.K. Chesterton, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Mark Twain, and Walt Whitman. His works have influenced authors such as C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, W.H. Auden, and many others.

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Thomas Wingfold, Curate 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
robinamelia on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I can understand why this book is out of print, but it is a shame. The story of spiritual discovery held my interest, despite sometimes lengthy and cumbersome passages and the fact that not much actually happens. Well, there is a murder but it is "off stage" and the last two thirds of the novel deal with its aftermath on the murderer, his sister, and briefly, on the victim's mother. While the practices of the Church of England, where being a clergyman was a profession for gentlemen who were not going to inherit great wealth, may seem very dated, I would suggest that the demands of the clerical profession still may tend to put the individual's encounter with the Divine on the back burner, as was the case with Wingfold, until challenged by an atheist, a precursor to Richard Dawkins and his ilk. Few writers can turn theological questions into drama (if not, occasionally, melodrama) as Mac Donald succeeded in doing here. Worth the effort of obtaining and reading.