Welcome to The British Literary Ballads Archive, a site dedicated to a unique genre of literary imitations of traditional ballads. The site contains a growing archive of over 700 poems, as well as short biographical sketches of the poets who wrote them.

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George MacDonald (1824-1905)



Born in Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. After he took his degree at the University of Aberdeen, he went to London and studied at Highbury College for the Congregational ministry. In 1853 he left the ministerial work and began writing. His fantasy novels, such as Phantastes (1856), The Princess and the Goblin (1872), Lilith (1895), greatly influenced many authors, including J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973) and C. S. Lewis (1898-1963). He was also friends with many literary figures, such as Alfred Tennyson (1809-92), Charles Dickens (1812-70), John Ruskin (1819-1900), William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-63), Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-82) and Walt Whitman (1819-92). Lewis Carroll (1832-98) submitted Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland (1865) for publication after his advice. (M. M.)

1.Abu Midjan
2.Ballad of the Thulian Nurse
3.The Dead Hand
4.The Homeless Ghost
5.Legend of Corrievrechan
6.The Thankless Lady
7.The Unseen Model
8.The Yerl o’ Waterydeck