An American fantasy, science fiction, and mystery writer, he is best known for The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, a ten-novel series. His other works include The Gap Cycle and such short story collections as Daughter of Regals and Gilden-Fire.
He attended the College of Wooster and Kent State University.
He won the Balrog Fantasy Award three times.
He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and he spent a significant portion of his youth in India.
Donaldson's literary style was influenced by that of Henry James.