Frederika Macdonald (?1845-1923) was an English poet and novelist.


Macdonald was born Frederika Richardson in 1845 (or later) in Exeter, the daughter of Catherine Jane Mack (Boye) and Frederick Austin Richardson. Her father, a surgeon in the East India Company, died before she was born. For a time, she attended the same school in Brussells that Charlotte Brontë attended and later she would write about it. At some point, she attended university and earned a D.Litt.[1]

Macdonald wrote fiction, translated foreign works, and contributed to the periodical press. In the 1870's, she married journalist John Macdonald of the Daily News. They spent several years in India, where 2 of their 3 children were born, returning to London by 1891.[1]



  • Nathaniel Vaughan: Priest and man. (3 volume), London: Hurst & Blackett, 1874; New York: A.K. Butts, 1874.
  • The Flower and the Spirit. (2 volumes), Edinburgh: Blackwood, 1887.
  • Puck and Pearl: The wanderings and wonderings of two English children in India. London: Chapman & Hall, 1887.

Short fictionEdit

  • "Xavier and I": A collection of tales. London: Chapman & Hall, 1869.


  • Studies in the France of Voltaire and Rousseau. London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1895.
  • Jean Jacques Rousseau: A new criticism. (2 volumes), London: Chapman & Hall, 1906.
  • The Secret of Charlotte Brontë; followed by some reminiscences of the real Monsieur and Madame Heger. London: T.C. & E.C. Jack, 1914.


  • Bjørnstjerne Martinius Bjørnsson, The Fishing Girl (translated with Augusta Plesner). London: Cassell, Petter & Galpin, 1870.
  • The Iliad of the East: A selection of legends drawn from Valmiki's Sanskrit poem, the Rāmāyāna. London & New York: Macmillan, 1870.


  • The Humane Philosophy of J.J. Rousseau. London: Dent, 1908.
  • John Frederick Macdonald, Two Towns - One City: Paris - London. London: Grant Richards, 1917; New York: Dodd, Mead, 1918.

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[2]

See alsoEdit

Frederika Richardson Macdonald - New Year's Eve - Midnight

Frederika Richardson Macdonald - New Year's Eve - Midnight


  1. 1.0 1.1 Frederika Macdonald (1845–1923), At the Circulating Library, Troy J. Bassett. Web, Feb. 18, 2017.
  2. Search results = au:Frederika Richardson Macdonald, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Feb. 18, 2017.

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