Introducing George MacDonald: myth-making fantasy author

By Andreas Gerster

In “Introducing William Morris: the grandfather of fantasy” I traced the origins of the fantasy genre, and especially the genre’s typical imaginary worlds, to Morris’ prose romances. However, there is another, less well-known author who wrote fantasy stories before Morris. His name is George MacDonald. Like Morris, he was also a major influence on many famous authors such as Lewis Carroll, W. H. Auden, C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, E. Nesbit and G. K. Chesterton. Many staples of the fantasy genre, such as child protagonists, journeys and portals to a fantasy world, were introduced by him.

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Free things to do in Zurich

By Andreas Gerster
If you’re new to Zurich, as I was a few years ago, and not exactly rolling in money, you might be wondering what you can do in Zurich that doesn’t cost money and is more exciting than window shopping. Even if you’re not so new to Zurich, you still might be interested in things that are a bit off the beaten track. All of the tips on this list have been tested and approved by a select committee of experts (i.e. me). Enjoy!

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Introducing William Morris: the grandfather of fantasy

By Andreas Gerster
Socialism, writing poetry and prose, painting, printing, publishing, stained glass and textile design, and translating Old Norse, Latin, and Greek would be a rather broad job description for most people, but it was all in a day’s work for William Morris. Not exactly one of your canonical authors, Morris was one of those rare multi-talented geniuses, who seem to be able to do just about anything, not just with moderate success, but with brilliance. You might be asking yourself at this point why you’ve never heard of the man. To students of literature he is perhaps best known for his utopian novel News From Nowhere, in which he describes the blissful state of the world after socialism’s triumph.

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