Macdonald, Greville


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(1856–1944) married Phoebe Winn (d. 1927). Eldest son and fourth child of the novelist and children's writer, George MacDonald (1824–1905), of whom he published a biography (1924), he was born in Manchester and educated at King's College School, London, and at King's College Hospital Medical School. Increasingly deaf from childhood, less clever than his sisters, and unhappy at school, he discovered in himself a talent for science. He became a specialist in diseases of the nose and throat at the Throat Hospital, Golden Square (where he married the Matron), and then at King's College Hospital. He was also the author of fiction for children and adults including the series of fairy tales about a farming family on the Sussex Downs: The Magic Crook, or, The Stolen Baby (1911), Trystie's Quest, or, Kit, King of the Pigwidgeons (1912), and Jack and Jill: A Fairy Tale (1913). Resigning from King's before the First World War because of his deafness, he retired to Haslemere, where he was associated with Maude Egerton King, whose husband was his cousin, and the Peasant Arts Guild, which is discussed at length in Reminiscences of a Specialist (1932).

From The Oxford Companion to Edwardian Fiction in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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