Lloyd C. Douglas, an American minister, was one of the most popular writers of his generation and also worked as an ordained minister in United States. Before turning to writing, he worked as a minister in Lutheran ministry. Douglas left his job to concentrate on his novels. His writings mainly constituted religious and moral issues prevailing in the society.
Lloyd Douglas was born on 27th august 1877 in Columbia City, Indianan to the couple Alexander Jacson Douglas and his wife. His father worked as a pastor in the Hopeful Lutheran church. The early days and studies of the author were spent in Monroeville, Wilmot and Florence in United States. In 1903, Lloyd Douglas got his A.M degree from Wittenberg College in Springfield, Ohio. As an ordained minister, he worked in various pastorates in United States like the North Manchester, Indiana, Washington D.C, Lancaster and Ohio.
Douglas work as a writer started only after attaining the age of fifty years, before that he had not even started writing. He began to write his first novel ‘Magnificent Obsession’, when he was 52 years old. After getting published in 1929, the book was an instant success and became a topic of discussion for critics. Its popularity surged Douglas’s first novel reached the list of bestsellers in 1931. Due to its tremendous success, he retired from the ministry to concentrate on his work - writing other novels. He wrote many fictional novels which include Precious Jeopardy, Green Light, White Banners, The Robe, The Big Fisherman etc.Many of his works have also been adapted into screen plays on various occasions.
After his wife’s demise, Douglas moved to Bel-Air in California and was also unhappy with the production of his book turned into screenplay ‘The Robe’. Douglas’s last book was an autobiography ‘Times to Remember’ is a fantastic narration of his childhood days and education for ministry. Due to his sudden death from heart ailment, his two daughters continued his work and named it ‘The Shape of Sunday’ (1952).
Douglas gained fame due to his style of writing as his works reflected a distinctly religious, moral and didactic tone. Many of his novels have remained on the bestsellers list for months.